The vagina is the part of the female reproductive system that connects the cervix the entrance to the uterus with the vulva the folds of skin around the vaginal and urethral openings. Under normal conditions the vagina, which is self-cleaning, flushes out dead cells and secretions in the form of a discharge. Vaginitis is an inflammation of the vaginal lining and vulva that typically includes an abnormal discharge along with itching and burning of the genital area.
Download the PDF of this fact sheet. Three common vaginal infections in women are bacterial vaginosiscandidiasis also known as thrushchlamydia and trichomoniasis. The most typical symptom of a vaginal infection is an abnormal vaginal discharge.
Burris describes vaginal discharge as fluid released by glands in the vagina and cervix. The fluid carries dead cells and bacteria out of the body, and vaginal discharge helps keep the vagina clean and prevent infection. Burris also says normal vaginal discharge varies in amount and ranges in color from clear to milky, white discharge.
Is the color of your vaginal discharge telling you something important about your health? Normal vaginal discharge is milky or white and is odorless. But sometimes, an imbalance of bacteria in your vagina can cause your discharge to change color.
Vaginitis is a medical term used to describe various disorders that cause infection or inflammation of the vagina. Vulvovaginitis refers to inflammation of both the vagina and vulva the external female genitals. These conditions can result from an infection caused by organisms such as bacteria, yeast, or viruses.
Women's Health. Yellow discharge is usually nothing to worry about. Yellow discharge is usually a small amount of blood mixed in with your cervical fluid or the result of small fluctuations in your hormonal balance.
What's coming out of your body is a pretty good indicator of what's happening inside your body, and the same is true for your vagina. Whether you're experiencing white vaginal discharge, yellow discharge, slippery discharge, or a thick or smelly discharge, it can tell you a lot about what's going on down there. While most changes in vaginal discharge and smell are normal, others can signify anything from an STD to whether you just need to drink more water.
Back to Health A to Z. Vaginal discharge is normal — most women and girls get it. It's a fluid or mucus that keeps the vagina clean and moist, and protects it from infection.