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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
Steps you can take at home to reduce your risk of vaginal infections that cause discharge include:
If you notice unusual vaginal discharge, call One Oak Medical or schedule an appointment online for effective diagnosis and treatment.