When should you see a doctor for a vaginal discharge?
Physician's Weekly
November 12, 2021
When should you see a doctor for a vaginal discharge?

Q: How could I tell if my vaginal discharge is normal or abnormal?


A: It is not abnormal for the amount of discharge or secretions from the vagina to vary from person to person, and even in the same person its consistency and volume can change from time to time. The tiny glands in the walls of the vagina and cervix normally secretes a clear or milky fluid. While it may have a faint odor, it should not be foul smelling. The purpose of this fluid is to prevent the buildup of old cells and debris within the vagina and by extension ensuring that the vagina remains clean and healthy.

Review of the more commonly reported abnormal vaginal discharges:

However, it is important for every woman to be able to detect any changes regarding her vaginal discharge which may indicate that something is not right. Below are some of the changes which should clue you in that one is no longer dealing with a normal vaginal discharge:

  • Significant increase in the amount
  • A change in the color, smell, or texture
  • An irritation, itchiness or burning in or around your vagina
  • Swelling, blisters or rash in the vulval area
  • Accompanying burning on urination
  • Associated lower abdominal or pelvic pain
  • Accompanying fever


Author: Dr. C. Malcolm Grant – Family Physician, c/o Family Care Clinic, Arnos Vale, www.familycaresvg.com, clinic@familycaresvg.com, 1(784)570-9300 (Office), 1(784)455-0376 (WhatsApp)

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