Why Do I Have Yellow Discharge?

Dr David NunnsDr David Nunns

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Dr David Nunns, Consultant Gynaecologist

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Throughout your life, you are bound to spot a few different changes to the colour of your discharge. The causes of this can be anything from age to hormones, to where you are in your menstrual cycle. Over time, it will become clear what is healthy and normal for you.

However, there is one colour of discharge that can be a bit disconcerting, as it can be both normal and abnormal: yellow discharge. Why do we get it, what causes yellow discharge, and is it healthy? Well, depending on the cause, it might be your body’s way of telling you something is up – or it might be perfectly fine.

Confusing, right? Read on for a few alternative reasons as to why you could be experiencing this.

# Yellow Is The Natural Colour Of Your Discharge

While whitish or clear is considered the most common discharge colour, for many women it can become a creamy yellow colour on contact with air. This is most likely to be the case just before your period.

If yellow has always been your ‘normal’ discharge colour and you aren’t suffering any side effects, then it is nothing to worry about. Instead you can use that type of discharge as your baseline for making sure no other irregular changes occur. If you are unsure, it could be a good idea to keep a diary and track changes as they happen.

# Your Period Is About To Start

Watery or thick yellow discharge just before your period is frequently caused by a small amount of blood getting into the mucus. Take it as a sign that your time of the month is on its way, and keep your Always Dailies Panty Liners to hand.

# Your Period Just Ended

It is possible to get thick yellow discharge after your period. It thickens up at this time to stop any infections getting into the body and a mild creamy yellow or milky white colour is normal.

Also, at this point in your cycle, your discharge may have a yellow or brown tinge to it. This happens if the lining and dead cells haven’t been cleaned out entirely during your period, so your body is a bit late in getting rid of the last bits.

# You Are Pregnant

An increase in oestrogen can be a reason for yellow discharge, and when you are pregnant, this is one hormone that your body produces plenty of! Hormonal imbalances are common when you have a baby on the way, and they’re nothing to worry about.

If you happen to be one of the women for whom this oestrogen increase causes greater volumes of yellow discharge, and there are no other negative symptoms, then just make sure you are well equipped with Always Dailies panty liners. They will save you from having to change your underwear several times a day, and provide a feeling of freshness.

Look on the bright side: at least you know pregnancy discharge won’t last forever!

# You Have Bacterial Vaginosis

We’re not about to get all technical on you, don’t worry. This just means that there is a whole host of bacteria living in your vagina on a normal day, but the balance between the different types needs to stay the same. Otherwise, the harmful bacteria become more dominant, and the perfect harmony down below can get knocked off-kilter.

The most common sign of this is developing yellow watery discharge, combined with a strong, fishy smell. If you are concerned you may have this, it is worth consulting a doctor.

# You Have A Sexually Transmitted Infection, A Yeast Infection Or Other Health Problem

One of the reasons for yellow discharge can be a sexually transmitted infection. Other signs that this is the cause might include a change in the texture of your discharge to a thick, chunky fluid. You might also develop pain in the area and an urge to scratch, while the discharge can give off a bad smell.

If any of these occur, do get yourself checked out asap. Trichomoniasis is a particularly common STI where yellow or green discharge is likely, and you might also notice that it almost looks frothy, too.

Yellow clumpy discharge, or thick yellow discharge that comes with a strong odour, burning pains, or other changes to your discharge, can also be caused by a yeast infection or might be a sign of something else going wrong down there.

If you have any of these symptoms, it is advisable to see a doctor and get checked out as soon as possible. Generally, the sooner you go, the easier it is for these problems to be cleared up.

# What Are Other Reasons For Yellow Discharge?

Changes to your diet or any medication you take can have an impact on discharge colour. This should settle down within a few days though, so only applies to short term colour change.

Age can also be responsible for yellow discharge, as hormone levels change in the body, but this shouldn’t be cause for concern on its own.

# How Can I Deal With Yellow Discharge?

If it seems that what you are experiencing is healthy, then yellow discharge treatment isn’t necessary – you can carry on life as normal! If the discharge is making you feel damp or uncomfortable, or leaving unsightly stains in your knickers, Always Dailies Panty Liners can provide a quick solution. They will soak up any discharge, leaving you feeling clean and fresh all day every day.

If you find that rather than being a natural creamy yellow, your discharge is a neon colour, or has a yellow-green tinge – you’re dealing with something more serious. If the discharge is accompanied by other symptoms, such as a change in the discharge texture to lumpy or frothy, pain having sex or going to the toilet, swelling, or itching – you need to go and see your doctor right away.

Most causes can be cleared up quickly and simply with medication. In the meantime, consider using Always Dailies Panty Liners, as they will both help absorb the discharge and neutralise odours. They have been dermatologically tested and are safe to use daily.