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Every Color, Every Hue: Vaginal Discharge Color Guide

Your vaginal discharge helps keep your vagina clean, healthy, and lubricated. The vagina has a dynamic and well-regulated ecosystem where the balance of bacteria, pH, and moisture comes into play. Changes outside and within the body can easily affect this balance.

While it’s common for your vaginal discharge to change throughout the menstrual cycle, you might see some odd changes that may make you question if it’s normal — especially with the color.

You might start backtracking on everything you did and ate when you encounter something odd, but you shouldn’t panic immediately because many colors are actually normal. Even if there wasn’t anything different in your day-to-day life, you might want to know what these colors mean.

What colors are there in the vaginal discharge rainbow?

colours of vaginal discharge infographic
Image: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322232#what-is-vaginal-discharge

Clear Transparent

Clear discharge is very common. It’s usually slippery or has a consistency similar to egg whites. Your vaginal discharge is most likely going to be clear when you’re ovulating or sexually aroused, or when the vagina is rebalancing itself.

White

The shade of white you’ll see can range from eggshell to cream. White discharge is often normal and a sign of healthy lubrication. If it’s not accompanied by other bothersome symptoms, then you shouldn’t be worried.

Watch out for consistency and odor. Unusually thick consistency similar to cottage cheese, thin consistency, strong or fishy odor, itching, or burning may be signs of an infection. If you notice any of these along with your white discharge, it’s best to consult a doctor.

Red to Brown

Your body will usually emit red or brown bloody discharge during your period. The color can range from bright red to rusty brown. Having discharge in this color a little before or after your period might be early bleeding or just old blood dripping out.

It’s recommended to see a doctor if you experience bleeding in between periods or bloody discharge throughout the entire month.

Pink

A pink discharge may signify that there’s some bleeding going on, but that doesn’t always mean an emergency! Blush pink to deep pink discharge may mark the coming of your period or beginning of your cycle.

Sexual intercourse may also result in pink discharge, especially when there are small tears or irritation in the vagina or cervix.

Health problems may sometimes also result in pink discharge. If you notice or experience anything odd in your body, go see your doctor.

Yellow to Green

Discharge with a very light yellow hue is actually more normal than you think, and doesn’t usually mean that there’s a problem. Mucus from the vagina and cervix sometimes turn yellow when exposed to air. Changes in diet or dietary supplements can also make your discharge yellow.

Discharge with shades ranging from dark yellow to green could be a sign of an infection, especially when accompanied by other symptoms. Consult a healthcare provider if it’s thick and clumpy with strong fishy odor, and you’re experiencing itching, burning, or any vaginal discomfort.

Gray

Gray discharge is not healthy, and could be a sign of bacterial vaginosis (BV) or trichomoniasis. Other symptoms that they can also show are itchiness, irritation, strong odor, and redness around the vulva or vaginal opening.

Go see your doctor immediately if you have gray discharge. Antibiotics or antibacterial ointments may be prescribed after proper diagnosis.

When should I be worried?

Infections and changes in the level of hormones are usually the causes of changes in vaginal discharge. If you notice anything odd in the color, watch out for these other symptoms too:

  • Itching
  • Burning sensation
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Strong, foul odor
  • Frothy discharge
  • Thick discharge, like cottage cheese
  • Bleeding not related to your period

Your body will give out signs and cues when there’s something wrong. Go to your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms so you can get checked and treated if necessary.

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/health/vaginal-discharge-color-guide#takeaway

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322232.php#outlook

https://www.self.com/story/vaginal-discharge-colors

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9 thoughts on “Every Color, Every Hue: Vaginal Discharge Color Guide

  1. Hi hello po… Nabasa ko po ang page nyo… Sir base sa aking nararamaman ngaun makati po ung sa may vulva part ko pag umiihi ako at may lumalabas na dilaw na likedo pero d po naman ako nahihirapang umihi

    1. Hi, Sheryl! Marami pong posibleng sanhi ng pangangati ng ari, tulad ng sabon panlaba, sabon na ginagamit panghugas ng ari o feminine wash, pag-aahit, at iba pa. Isa sa mga pangunahing hakbang para maiwasan ang pangangati ay ang paghuhugas sa ari araw-araw — gumamit ng maligamgam na tubig, at dahan-dahan dampiin para matuyo bago magsuot ng malinis na panty. Kung palagay niyo po hindi kayo hiyang sa ginagamit na sabon o feminine wash, maaaring subukan ang ibang brand. Kung kayo naman po ay nag-aahit, mainam na umiwas muna gawin ito.

      Maraming posibleng makaapekto sa vaginal discharge, kasama na ang kinakain, inumin, at gamot na iniinom. Ang pinakamainam na gawin po ay ang kumonsulta sa OB/GYN o health center lalo na kapag nakakaranas ng iba pang sintomas.

  2. Hi po tanong ko lang po. January 22 2021 7:45 pm kanina umihi po ako.. may napansin po akung likido na kulay dilaw na malabnaw na lumabas sa pwerta ko. Malansa din po siya. Ask ko lang po ano po kaya yun? Salamat po.

    1. Hi, Kristine! Maraming posibleng makaapekto sa vaginal discharge, kasama na ang kinakain at gamot na iniinom. Nakakaranas ka rin ba ng iba pang sintomas?

  3. hi po ask ko lang po sana kasi may vaginal discharge ako, kulay dilaw po pero Hindi malapot, parang matubig ko. normal post ba yun? salamat po

    1. Hi Rizzel! Gaya po ng inyong nabasa sa artikulong ito, maraming posibleng makaapekto sa vaginal discharge gaya ng kinakain, iniinom, at gamot. Nakakaranas ka rin po ba ng iba pang sintomas?

      1. Hi Rizzel! Hindi po namin masabi kung yeast infection ba ‘yan base lamang sa sintomas na inyong sinabi dito. Marami rin po kasi posibleng sanhi ng iyong nararanasan. Maraming posibleng sanhi ng iyong nararanasan, gaya ng impeksyon o kondisyon. Doktor lang po ang makakasuri sa inyo. Mabuting makipag-ugnay na kaagad sa OB/GYN ukol dito o magpunta sa malapit na health center para makita ang sanhi at mapayuhan ka kung ano ang angkop na lunas para sa iyong sitwasyon.

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