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Unformatted text preview: Vaginal discharge Vaginal discharge refers to secretions from the vagina. Symptoms All women of child bearing age have some vaginal discharge between periods. The amount varies during the menstrual cycle and between individuals. Normal discharge is white in colour when fresh and yellow or pale brown when dry. It protects the vagina against infection and acts as a lubricant and moisturiser. Discharge usually increases:- • Around ovulation • Before a period • When taking oral contraceptives • When using an IUCD • On sexual arousal Medical advice should be sought if:- • Vaginal discharge suddenly increases in volume • Fresh discharge is yellow or green • Discharge contains fresh blood or old brown and black blood • Smells unpleasant • Causes itching, soreness, burning or ulceration in or around the vagina • Causes pain during urination (dysuria) • Causes pain on intercourse (dyspareunia) Causes There are a number of causes for an abnormal vaginal discharge:- • Infection o Candida albicans...
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- Fall '10
- Anthropology, Sexual intercourse, Human papillomavirus, Uterus, Vagina, abnormal vaginal discharge, vaginal discharge