“So, I have this discharge…”

If you find yourself saying this lately, you are not alone! At Obria Medical Clinics, we see many women with a complaint of vaginal discharge and for many of them it is uncomfortable to address. 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 another medical problem.

Symptoms

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

Treatment

If you have any of the symptoms listed above and are concerned, you can make an appointment with Obria to see a doctor or provider. They will be able to answer your questions, review a history, perform an exam, complete lab testing, and provide treatment. It is extremely important to determine the cause of abnormal discharge and get appropriate treatment. To talk to a nurse or ask questions and schedule an appointment to take care of your health, you can call Obria or schedule your appointment online at Obria.org.

Because your health is important!

 

References:

Diseases Characterized by Vaginal Discharge