Vaginal Discharge Specialist
Vaginal discharge is normal, but sudden or unusual changes can indicate an underlying problem, such as an infection that requires treatment. Expert OB/GYN Dr. Aiman Shilad of One Oak Medical diagnoses and treats various causes of abnormal vaginal discharge at the practice’s offices in Wayne, Paramus, and Clifton, New Jersey. If you’re concerned about vaginal discharge, call or use online booking to schedule an appointment today for compassionate care.
Vaginal Discharge Q & A
What is normal vaginal discharge?
Most of the time, vaginal discharge is a normal part of your reproductive system’s process of cleaning itself. Your vagina secretes fluids that flush out dead cells and bacteria. This keeps your vagina clean and helps to prevent infection.
Normal discharge varies in volume, odor, and color depending on fluctuations in your hormone levels. You may notice changes in vaginal discharge when you’re ovulating, breastfeeding, or sexually aroused.
When should I see a doctor for vaginal discharge?
Significant or sudden changes in the smell, consistency, or color of vaginal discharge can be a sign of infection or another medical condition. Other symptoms, such as pain, itching, and burning, often accompany abnormal discharge. These symptoms may worsen after sex.
You should schedule an appointment with Dr. Shilad if you notice any of the following signs of abnormal vaginal discharge:
- Greenish, grayish, yellowish, or brownish color
- Strong foul or fishy odor
- Thick, chunky consistency
- Bloody discharge
- Frothy consistency
What causes abnormal vaginal discharge?
There are many possible causes of abnormal discharge, ranging from scented feminine hygiene products that upset the natural balance of your vaginal environment to gynecological diseases.
Some of the most common medical causes of abnormal discharge include:
- Bacterial vaginosis
- Yeast infection
How is abnormal vaginal discharge diagnosed and treated?
First, Dr. Shilad performs a physical exam and asks questions about your symptoms, such as the smell, color, and when you first noticed the abnormal discharge. He may take a sample of the discharge or perform a Pap test to diagnose your condition.
Depending on the underlying cause of your vaginal discharge, the treatment Dr. Shilad recommends may include:
- Antifungal creams or gels for yeast infections
- Antibiotic pills or creams for bacterial vaginosis
- Medications to treat trichomoniasis
How can I prevent abnormal vaginal discharge?
- Wearing cotton underwear
- Avoid wearing overly tight pants and underwear
- Keeping your vagina clean with regular washing
- Never using douches or scented feminine hygiene products