5 TYPES OF VAGINAL DISCHARGE AND WHAT THEY MEAN

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What Does Vaginal Discharge Mean?

Burris describes vaginal discharge as fluid released by glands in the vagina and cervix. The fluid carries dead cells and bacteria out of the body, and vaginal discharge helps keep the vagina clean and prevent infection. Burris also says normal vaginal discharge varies in amount and ranges in color from clear to milky, white discharge. Discharge may have a slight odor as well, although a foul, fishy odor is a sign of an infection.

The following can cause estrogen levels to drop, leading to little to no vaginal discharge:

  • Medicines or hormones used in the treatment of breast cancer, endometriosis, fibroids or infertility
  • Surgery to remove the ovaries
  • Radiation treatment to the pelvic area
  • Chemotherapy
  • Severe stress, depression or intense exercise

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