Abnormal Discharge






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Doctor reviews test results with patient during abnormal discharge appointment

Is it normal to have vaginal discharge?

It is natural to have vaginal discharge, which changes throughout your menstrual cycle. Clear or white, odourless discharge is produced by the vagina to prevent infection.

During ovulation, about mid-way through your cycle (day 14), it is common for the discharge to increase in thickness and consistency for a few days. If you notice strong smells, or if the discharge is accompanied by itching, discomfort, or pain, we are here to help.


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Common signs of vaginal infections

  • Sudden changes in the colour, smell, or consistency of your vaginal discharge.
  • Heavy, continuous discharge.
  • Irregular bleeding (between periods, during or after sex).
  • Symptoms such as pelvic pain, vaginal discomfort or soreness.

Infections of the vagina are not always sexually transmitted. It is possible to create an infection by washing your vagina with soap or douching, as this upsets the natural balance of vaginal flora (the healthy bacteria which protects your vagina).

Other types of infection include:

  • Thrush or yeast infections
  • BV (bacterial vaginosis) is caused by a bacterial imbalance.
  • Sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea, herpes, and trichomoniasis.

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Is bacterial vaginosis (BV) a sexually transmitted infection?
BV is not a sexually transmitted infection. If you have BV, your partner does not need to get treated. BV can, however, be caused by a new partner, or by having multiple sexual partners, due to the fact that intercourse can disrupt vaginal pH. BV can also occur in women who are not sexually active.
The sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that are caused by bacteria are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. STIs like genital herpes and HIV are caused by viruses.
No. In fact, in some cases BV can be caused by too much focus on cleanliness, especially where soaps and vaginal deodorants are concerned.

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