Vaginal Discharge and Odor: What’s Normal and What’s Not?

Most women don’t think twice about vaginal discharge, so they may not recognize when there is a problem. Although vaginal discharge is quite normal, changes can occur that may require a visit to your doctor. But how can you tell what’s normal and what’s not?

Vaginal Discharge and Odor – What’s Normal?

Normal vaginal discharge is usually milky white to clear in color or has a gel-like consistency. 

The amount, color, and consistency of the vaginal discharge differ for every woman. Also, some women have vaginal discharge every day, while others have it less frequently.

It’s natural and normal to have some vaginal odor, but the smell is usually not strong or unpleasant.

Abnormal Vaginal Discharge and Odor

If you notice a change in the color or texture of your vaginal discharge, it could indicate a bacterial or yeast infection. Abnormal vaginal discharge is often greenish-yellow thin grey or frothy in consistency and may be accompanied by symptoms such as burning, itching, irritation, soreness, or pain.

Vaginal discharge usually has a subtle odor, so if you notice that your discharge now has a strong unpleasant or chemical smell, it may be a sign of an infection or altered vaginal microflora. 

If you recognize that your vaginal discharge has changed in any way, it is essential to schedule an appointment with your physician for an evaluation.

What’s Causing Your Abnormal Discharge and Odor? 

An abnormal vaginal discharge may indicate the presence of a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or other serious condition. However, if these have been ruled out and the abnormal discharge persists, the problem could be due to an altered vaginal microflora. 

The experts in vaginal health at Fowler GYN International (FGI) use advanced diagnostic techniques to help women struggling with chronic vaginal discharge get relief. Board-certified gynecologist Dr. R. Stuart Fowler is the founding physician of FGI. 

Over the years, Dr. Fowler has treated many women with chronic vaginal discharge and discovered that the problem is often the result of a bacterial imbalance in the vaginal microflora. Dr. Fowler developed the Vaginal Fluid Analysis (VFA) test to analyze the vaginal constituents.

If the results of the VFA test confirm that the vaginal microflora is in an altered state, FGI uses vaginal rejuvenate therapy to restore it to normal. Vaginal rejuvenate therapy is a combination of medications and skincare products.

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