Who gets vaginal discharge?
Females of any age can develop vaginal discharge.
Author: Nikki Wallis
First answered: 22 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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In a normal, healthy vagina, glands in the vagina and cervix produce fluid that cleans the vagina, carrying away dead cells and bacteria and reducing the risk of infection. Changes in estrogen levels can change the nature of the vaginal discharge. Such changes …
The symptoms of vaginal discharge may vary depending on the cause. They may include changes in the color of the discharge, changes in texture, an increase in the amount and frequency of the discharge, a strong and unpleasant odor, pain and …
The most common causes of vaginal discharge are allergic vaginitis (vaginal inflammation due to harsh soaps or cleaning gels), or bacterial, fungal or parasitic infections. Less common causes include: medications (including antibiotics, steroids and oral …
Your doctor will diagnose the cause of your vaginal discharge by asking you about your vaginal discharge and your health, including your sexual history.
Depending on its cause, vaginal discharge treatment may involve antibiotics, antifungal agents, and/or changing the type of cleansing soap you use to clean the vaginal area.
Some ways of reducing your risk of vaginal discharge may include: avoiding douching; when going to the bathroom, wipe from front to back to avoid contaminating your vagina with bacteria; choose underwear made from natural fibers, to avoid excessive …
Vaginal discharge can be triggered by an infection, allergic vaginitis, stress, medications including antibiotics, steroids and oral contraceptives, and having multiple sexual partners.
Some of the causes of vaginal discharge are sexually-transmitted infections such as gonorrhea and chlamydia. The use of condoms during sex can limit the spread of these infections.