Vagina: What’s normal, what’s not with discharge?

Do you have a chronic vaginal discharge that simply won’t go away? If you do, it’s best to visit your gynecologist to find out the cause. While its customary to have a milky discharge, it’s important to know what’s normal and what’s not, so that you can spot any irregularities.

Vaginal discharge

  • What’s normal
    The vagina normally sends out a clear to whitish secretion, which is both normal and necessary, because it helps keep the vagina clean and moist, and also assists with the prevention of infection. The normal odor of the vaginal discharge is more difficult to describe like a clean breath. When the vagina is healthy, the discharge is usually near odorless.
  • What’s not
    If the vaginal discharge becomes yellowish-white, yellowish-green, or gray in color this is more likely abnormal. An abnormal vaginal discharge can also cause irritation, itching, burning or redness of the external genital tissues. These changes are a good indication that there is some imbalance in the vaginal microflora. The normal vaginal microflora consists of both good and bad bacteria, but an overgrowth of bad bacteria can occur with both normal and abnormal pH and can give rise to a range of conditions.

If you notice any changes in the color, odor or texture of your vaginal discharge, accompanied by symptoms such as itching, burning, soreness, or irritation, it’s important to see your gynecologist to have it checked.

At Fowler GYN International (FGI), they have been able to help thousands of women in the US get relief from chronic vaginal discharge when other doctor prescribed treatment has failed. FGI utilizes an advanced diagnostic tools known as Vaginal Fluid Analysis (VFA Test) to accurately diagnose the underlying cause of the vaginal discharge, and then recommend a customized treatment protocol.

FGI is located in Paradise Valley, AZ, and is headed by board certified gynecologist Dr. R. Stuart Fowler. Call (480) 420-4001 today to schedule a consultation, or request a free pre-registration call online at

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