Vaginal Discharge Specialist

Bella Women's Care

Obstetricians & Gynecologists located in Phoenix, AZ & Mesa, AZ

There are many possible causes of vaginal discharge. Unusual vaginal discharge is a signal that something’s wrong, and the OB/GYN specialists at Bella Women’s Care in Phoenix or Mesa, Arizona, can diagnose the issue and start your treatment promptly. Use the online appointment booker or call one of the offices to get help for vaginal discharge today.

Vaginal Discharge

Is vaginal discharge normal?

Yes, it's normal to have some vaginal discharge. The glands within your cervix and vagina make secretions as a way of self-cleaning, and those secretions naturally come out as vaginal discharge. You may have daily vaginal discharge or less-frequent discharge; both are normal.

Healthy vaginal discharge is typically clear or whitish and has a mild (not unpleasant) scent. You may notice heavier or lighter vaginal discharge at certain times of the month, usually during ovulation and around your period.

What are the signs of unhealthy vaginal discharge?

Unhealthy vaginal discharge looks quite different from normal discharge. Discharge changes can include:

  • Lumpy white discharge: possible yeast infection
  • Fishy-smelling white, yellow, or gray discharge: possible bacterial vaginosis infection
  • Foul-smelling thick and frothy yellow or green discharge: possible trichomoniasis
  • Cloudy yellow discharge: possible gonorrhea

You may also have other symptoms like itching or burning telling you that something’s wrong. If you experience these, or any other unusual discharge changes, see your provider at Bella Women's Care right away.

What causes abnormal vaginal discharge?

There are a number of possible causes. Usually, abnormal vaginal discharge is a clear sign that the healthy balance of your vagina is disrupted. That may happen because of an STD like gonorrhea, but it can also be connected to other things, including:

  • Bubble baths
  • Douching
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Antibiotics, especially long-term use
  • Pregnancy
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Hormone therapy that affects estrogen levels

If you have abnormal vaginal discharge, your provider at Bella Women's Care will make a diagnosis and apply an effective treatment plan to get your body back in balance.

What is the treatment for abnormal vaginal discharge?

The treatment depends on what type of discharge you have and what is causing it. For example, if you develop a yeast infection due to frequent douching, your Bella Women's Care practitioner may recommend that you discontinue douching and use of other feminine hygiene products. The vagina has its own cleaning system, and it generally works quite well on its own.

If your vaginal discharge comes from a sexually transmitted infection like gonorrhea, antibiotics like doxycycline are often the best treatment. Your practitioner will prescribe a treatment based on your specific needs.

Use the online scheduler or call Bella Women's Care to book an appointment today.