It is normal to wonder if the consistency of  vaginal odor is normal or should be checked out by the doctor. Vaginal discharge is fluid that is secreted by the tiny glands in the vagina and cervix. This fluid leaks from the vagina each day to remove old cells and debris and keep the vagina and reproductive cells clean and healthy.

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Colors of vaginal discharge and what they can mean

Clear discharge :This could mean :

  • Healthy discharge
  • Pregnancy
  • Ovulation
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Sexual arousal

White discharge : This could mean :

  • Healthy discharge
  • Yeast infection

Gray discharge : This can be the result of  the following :

Yellow – green vaginal discharge : This could indicate :

Pink discharge : This could be :

Red discharge : This is from

  • Menstruation
  • Cervical infection
  • Cervical polyp
  • Endometrial or cervical cancer

When to see  a doctor

You need to see your doctor if vaginal discharge has an unusual smell or appearance. You should  seek medical help if you experience symptoms such as the following :

  • itching
  • pain and discomfort
  • grey, green or yellow discharge
  • discharge that is frothy or like cottage cheese
  • bleeding between periods after menopause
  • spotting after sex regularly
  • a strong odor
  • a burning sensation during urination

The doctor will perform a pelvic exam and take a sample of the vagina discharge for testing.


Content Sources
A color coded guide for vagina discharge. Medical News. Accessed September 28th, 2018

The Ultimate Color Guide to Vaginal Discharge. Healthline. Accessed September 28th, 2018

Vaginal discharge : What’s normal. WebMD. Accessed September 28th, 2018

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