Vaginal discharge is a constant presence in women who menstruate. It can begin as early as a few months before your period first starts in adolescence. It generally tapers off after menopause.
Vaginal discharge is fluid—usually white or clear—that comes out of the vagina. Most women have vaginal discharge. Some women have discharge every day, while other women only have discharge occasionally.
If your institution subscribes to this resource, and you don't have a MyAccess Profile, please contact your library's reference desk for information on how to gain access to this resource from off-campus. Vaginal discharge is a common complaint that is often considered trivial and thus incorrectly managed by the clinician. Empiric diagnosis and treatment based on either history or appearance of the discharge alone is inadequate and frequently results in inappropriate treatment and repeated visits by the patient. Lactobacilli, the predominant bacteria in the vagina of a healthy premenopausal woman, are typically absent in women who are menopausal and not receiving estrogen replacement therapy.
Vaginal discharge is a common and often distressing complaint. Oestrogen status will alter the possible causes of non STI discharge. Consider the risk factors below.
Vaginal discharge changes throughout your monthly cycle. You may notice a difference in the consistency, texture, color, amount and even the smell, says Nicole ScottMD, an ob-gyn at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis. The most noticeable of these changes is during ovulation.
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Vaginal discharge is a common occurrence in most women. Most of the time it is of no significance but if it is persistent or causes discomfort it needs further investigation and treatment. Common causes of abnormal discharge are given below.