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9 Types Of Vaginal Discharge And What They Mean


There are many types of vaginal discharge- white, clear odourless to creamy or brownish discharge with strong odour depending on the cause.

The guide below may help identify the cause of the discharge.

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1. Thick and white, odourless – Cyclical

Related to the menstrual cycle. It occurs at the beginning and end of the cycle and its normal

2. Clear and stretchy or slippery -Ovulation

Occurs during ovulation

3. Purulent and malodorous


Discharge, painful, red blisters or sores to appear around the private parts

private part herpes

4. Bloody or brown

Irregular menstrual cycles, or less often, cervical or endometrial cancer

Abnormal vaginal bleeding, pelvic pain. Could be present pre-puberty or after menopause.

5. Creamy white or yellow, odourless


Bleeding between periods, urinary incontinence

6. Profuse, frothy, yellow or greenish with a bad smell


Pain and itching while urinating. Soreness, swelling and itching around the v**ina

7. Pink

Shedding of the uterine lining after childbirth (lochia)

8. Thick, white, cheesy (like cottage cheese). Discharge may smell slightly yeasty

Yeast infection

Inflamed cervix, swelling, itchiness, as well as soreness and pain around the vulva. May cause itching and painful s*xual intercourse. Not sexually transmitted

9. Thin, white, gray, or yellow with fishy odor

Bacterial vaginosis

Inflammation of the v**ina or vulva. BV is an imbalance in the normal bacteria found in your v**ina. Not sexually transmitted.

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