4 Most Typical Causes of Yellow Vaginal Discharge and Can Normal Whites be Yellow?
Vaginal discharge is a normal process in the female organism since a woman reaches her puberty. Its consistence, amount and color may vary within the norm and depend on such factors as the period, ovulation, pregnancy, breastfeeding or hormonal therapy. Yellow discharge bother many women, as this color is the most approximate to the normal color of vaginal discharge, yet, at the same time, it can be an alarming sign of some serious inflammatory process or a sexually transmitted infection. That’s why any woman should learn how to distinguish normal whites from those, caused by a pathology.
When is Yellow Discharge the Norm?
- Specialists claim that vaginal discharge must be either white or clear. Sometimes women’s whites may acquire a yellowish color, not due to any inflammatory process. Changes in the hormonal background, birth control pills or a strong stress may be the reason. If your discharge of yellow color is odorless, doesn’t cause you any discomfort or make you experience itching and burning sensation or pain, it’s likely to be normal whites.
- The amount of vaginal discharge may rise during pregnancy, before the menses and during ovulation. Besides, whites may change their color for the yellow one due to the action of hormones in your organism.
- During the next few hours after unprotected sex with ejaculation inside the vagina, a woman may notice yellow discharge of whites that look like clots, which is also the norm.
When is Yellow Vaginal Discharge an Alarming Symptom?
- Yellow or green foamy discharge indicates a sexually transmitted infection, like trichomoniasis, for instance. This disease is one of the most frequent reasons why the character and color of discharge in women changes. Besides, it’s the most frequent sexually transmitted infection.
- Yellow or greenish abundant discharge is a symptom of an acute bacterial infection in the vagina, acute adnexitis (ovarian inflammation) or acute salpingitis (inflammation in the Fallopian tubes).
- Yellow or greenish scanty discharge is likely to be a sign of vaginal bacterial infection, cervical erosion, chronic adnexitis (inflammation of the ovaries) or chronic salpingitis (inflammation in the Fallopian tubes).
- Pus-like yellow discharge with unpleasant odor and itching or burning sensation in the genital area are typical for gonorrhoea. However, often this condition develops without any prominent symptoms. In this case only attentive women may notice the changes in the character and quantity of the whites to contact a gynecologist.
Yellow Discharge During Pregnancy
Malfunction of the local immunity in the vagina is typical for pregnancy which promotes the development of an infection. A pregnant woman would be more prone to the local infectious diseases, especially if she was undergoing an anti-inflammatory therapy before pregnancy. If a woman notices that the color of her discharge has changed and become yellow, she must consult her gynecologist. As a rule, yellow discharge is a sign of imbalance of microflora in the vagina, i.e. disbacteriosis, which will reveal such symptoms as discomfort, vaginal itching, a burning sensation and sometimes painful urination. Taking into account your pregnancy term, the therapy for vaginitis must be prescribed.
How to Prevent Discharge of Yellow Color?
Normally there are bacteria in the vagina. They are necessary for the support of the normal vaginal medium, required acidity and protection against infections. Normal vaginal microflora doesn’t cause any complaints, as it’s not felt by a woman. Sometimes the quantity of bacteria in the vagina may change, for example, as a consequence of poor hygienic care, and bacterial vaginitis develops, as a result. This condition must be diagnosed and treated. Otherwise, if your vaginal discharge doesn’t cause you any discomfort, you should:
- perform regular necessary hygienic procedures;
- wear underwear made of natural materials;
- practise safe sex;
- apply hygienic and cosmetic products of high quality.
Summing up, it should be mentioned that only a gynecologist after a full-value lab diagnostics can determine what really causes your yellow discharge. Don’t prescribe yourself any self-treatment, following the advice of your friend or Internet. Self-treatment may bring you temporary relief but later, anyway, you will have to yield to a gynecologist and undergo all the necessary check-ups.