Vaginal discharge is a regular occurrence in a women’s body. They are vital for tracking the phases of your Menstrual cycle. On the other hand, Itchy and smelly Vagina discharge indicate abnormalities like Vagina infections and others, that is why you should pay attention to your vagina discharge. You can know if a discharge is abnormal through its smell and texture.
A Discharge Is Abnormal When It Is:
- Greenish: a green vagina discharge is mostly associated with a foul odour, it is a sign of Trichomoniasis, it causes pains and itching during urination.
- Whitish And Cheesy: If your discharge is white, thick and cheesy, it might be a yeast infection (Candida Albicans), especially when it is associated with burning, itching, swelling and pain around the Vulva. White discharge is also a sign of bacteria vaginosis.
- Yellow: a Yellow discharge could be a sign of Trichomoniasis and gonorrhea infections. If it is a gonorrhea infections, you will experience pelvic pain, between period bleeding and urinary incontinence. If a Yellow vagina discharge is associated with fishy odor, it is a bacterial vaginosis, it is often associated with, burning, itching and redness of the Vagina or Vulva.
- Foul Smelling: Fishy odor from the vagina is associated with bacterial vaginosis. Offensive odor generally is a sign of other vagina infections.
- Brown or Bloody vagina discharge is abnormal when it appears at a time when you are not expecting your Menstrual period or few days after your period (spotting). It could be a sign of cervical or endometrial cancer.
Causes Of Itchy And Smelly Vagina.
- Trichomoniasis, a parasitic infection typically contracted and caused by having unprotected sex.
- Yeast Infections.
- Pelvic inflammatory diseases (PID).
- Douches, scented soaps or lotions, bubble bath.
- Bacterial vaginosis.
- Antibiotic or steroid use.
- Vaginal atrophy, the thinning and drying out of the vaginal walls during menopause.
- Vaginitis, irritation in or around the vagina.
- Chlamydia or gonorrhea (STDs) and other sexually transmitted infections.
- Birth control pills.
- Pelvic infection after surgery.
How To Prevent Abnormal Vagina Discharge And Infections.
- Maintain a good personal hygiene.
- Avoid using scented soap, douche or genital scent spray on your vagina, it could change your vagina PH level making you vulnurable to Infections that can change your discharge.
- Use gentle mild soap and warm water to wash your vulva while bathing.
- After using the bathroom, wipe from front to back to prevent Infection.
- Use protections during sex and stick to one sexual partner.
- Wear Cotton underwears.
- Avoid too tight underwear and clothing.
How To Manage An Itchy And Smelly Vagina.
When you notice an abnormal discharge it is advisable to act quickly and intelligently. It is smart to book an appointment with a gynecologist for a pelvic examination.
Oftentimes, abnormal Vagina discharge leaves you in discomfort, here is a list of things you can do to control symptoms whilst waiting for treatment.
- Wear cotton underwear for best comfort.
- Wash you genital area 2-3 times daily without soap using running water, to reduce itching effect.
- Bathe with guava leaves or warm water to control itching.
- Avoid tight underwear during this period.
If your state permits over the counter treatment
- Yeast Infections can be managed with antifungal creams and gels.
- Bacteria vaginosis is treated with antibiotics pills or cream.
- Trichomoniasis is treated with the drug metronidazole (Flagyl) or tinidazole (Tindmax).