“So, I have this discharge…”

If you find yourself saying this lately, you are not alone!

At Obria Medical Clinics, we see many women clients with a complaint of vaginal discharge. The discharge complaint is common in women’s health and may warrant a trip to the clinic. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states, “Most women will have a vaginal infection, characterized by discharge, itching, or odor, during their lifetime.” Sometimes, vaginal discharge is normal resulting in clear discharge around the time of ovulation. Vaginal discharge is a cause for concern when there is a change in color, smell, consistency, and/or amount. It could indicate a bigger problem such as a sexually transmitted disease, pelvic infection, or other medical problem.

Per Up To Date, a reliable medical reference database, you should make an appointment with a health care provider “when you have vaginal discharge and it occurs with the following symptoms:

●Itching of the vagina or the area around the vagina
●Redness, pain, or swelling around the vagina
●Discharge that is foamy, greenish-yellow, or has blood in it
●Discharge that smells bad
●Pain when urinating or having sex
●Pain in the lower part of the belly
●Fever”

If you have any of the symptoms listed above you can make an appointment with Obria to see a Doctor or Provider. They will review history, perform an exam, complete lab testing, and provide treatment. It is extremely important to determine the cause of the abnormal discharge and get appropriate treatment.

 

 

References:

https://cdc.gov/std/tg2015/vaginal-discharge.htm

https://uptodate.com/contents/vaginal-discharge-in-women-the-basics?search=vaginal%20discharge%20adult&source=search_result&selectedTitle=2~150&usage_type=default&display_rank=2#H1664912504

Other articles to reference for patients:

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