Vaginal Discharge

Mustapha Bourara, MD -  - OB-GYN

Mustapha Bourara, MD

OB-GYN located in Queens, Astoria, NY

Most of the time vaginal discharge is normal, however, women who experience a change in the consistency, color or smell of their discharge can see Dr. Bourara for a discreet consultation and treatment at his practice in Astoria, Queens, NY.

Vaginal Discharge Q&A

What is the Difference Detween Normal and Abnormal Discharge?

Normal vaginal discharge keeps your vagina and cervix clean by carrying away dead cells and bacteria. The amount, odor, consistency and color can vary throughout the month from clear to a milky white, and is dependent on the menstrual cycle. Any changes to these characteristics that seem out of the ordinary or are accompanied by vaginal itching or burning could be indicative of a more serious condition.

What Causes Abnormal Discharge?

Changes in discharge are usually due to a change in the balance of the bacteria normally present in the vagina. Some of the conditions or external causes of changes to discharge are listed below. 

  • Antibiotic or steroid use 
  • Bacterial vaginosis 
  • STDs like chlamydia or gonorrhea 
  • Cervical cancer 
  • Diabetes 
  • Vaginal atrophy 
  • Vaginitis 
  • Yeast Infections

Any discharge that is cloudy or yellow or frothy with a greenish tinge and bad smell could indicate an STD. Thick, white cheesy discharge or greyish toned with a fishy odor could be a sign of a yeast or bacterial infection. A doctor will be able to discuss any concerns and prescribe any necessary tests and treatments to restore the balance of vaginal health.

How Does a Doctor Diagnose Abnormal Discharge?

Your exam will begin with a thorough discussion about your health history and sexual history. The doctor will ask questions about when you noticed the change in your discharge. The doctor will want a description of the discharge, consistency, color and smell are important details. He will also want to know if you have experience and itching or burning sensations. The doctor may also ask questions about your sexual partners and intimate hygiene habits. The doctor may take a sample of the discharge or perform a Pap test to collect cervical cells. Once the cause of the abnormal discharge is determined, the doctor will prescribe treatment specific to the condition.

Insurance Information

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