Vaginal discharge is a normal physiological symptom that occurs in women. It should not cause concern if it is clear, white, odourless or uniform. However, it does happen that it starts to change its smell and colour. If it turns yellow, it may indicate a disease.
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A vaginal discharge with a thin consistency, transparent colour and odourless odour is perfectly natural. It signifies that the menstrual cycle is proceeding in an appropriate manner. Its function is to clean the vagina of dead cells, get rid of harmful bacteria, keep the reproductive organs clean, protect against infection and moisturise during intercourse. Immediately after menstruation, it is practically absent, and before the period it becomes thick and opaque.
The most common symptom of intimate problems is a yellow vaginal discharge. It may be accompanied by burning, pain on urination and itching. There are a number of causes of vaginal discharge outlined below.
The types of yellow discharge vary; to recognise what it may mean, see the list below. Yellow discharge meaning:
What is ‘normal’ when it comes to discharge can vary a lot from woman to woman, and getting to know your body and your ‘normal’ is the best way to spot if anything is wrong. Most of the time your discharge will change a little throughout the month in colour and consistency, and that is completely fine. And what does yellow discharge mean? Some people may naturally have a creamy yellow discharge, for others it may be clear or white, but become more yellowish when exposed to the air. Again, it’s means is yellow discharge normal. Knowing what your discharge looks like in a typical month, is the best way to know if there are any problems, so have a check when you are wiping after going to the toilet. Alternatively wearing Always liners allows you to clearly see the colour of your discharge on a white background. It is also a good way to stop any discharge from leaving any embarrassing or annoying stains.
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.
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Confusing, right? Read on for a few alternative reasons as to why you could be experiencing this.
Yellow discharge is categorised as discharge - that is, a change in the physiological vaginal discharge observed during an infection. Only in rare cases is yellow vaginal mucus observed. Usually there is an admixture of a different colour and this is referred to as yellowish vaginal discharge.
Yellow discharge in pregnancy, which has a thicker consistency, may also be related to a vaginal fungal infection. You should contact your doctor whenever your discharge is not physiological, i.e. it is not a normal, milky white, clear, non-foul-smelling discharge that does not contain lumps. This may indicate a vaginal infection, which needs to be treated as soon as possible.
Yellow discharge is more likely to be problem if it is combined with:
One or more of the above may be a sign of an infection, often one that has been passed on through sexual intercourse. It may also be a sign of a problem if you usually have white or clear discharge, then suddenly find you have bright yellow discharge. As always, it is best to go to your doctor or sexual health clinic to seek advice if you are experiencing any of these and feel at all worried. Trust your instincts when it comes to your own body. Remember, even if you feel embarrassed they will have seen these symptoms a hundred times before, and it is better for you to be safe and healthy.
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There are a few steps you can take to help ensure your health down below, and increase the changes that any yellow discharge is nothing to worry about. 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. So, how to prevent yellow discharge? For example: