Pink panties on the green backgroundWe all get freaked out by vaginal discharge. Chief of the worry is having contracted some sexually transmitted infection.

You might have towed the line and stayed faithful but what if the other party “steps out of line” or even worse; goes around town spreading some lovin’?

As hard as they are, I will readily break the difficult news of cancer to 10 patients any day than talk with one woman about a positive sexually transmitted infection (STI) result. The rage and despair is frequently misdirected to the bearer of news.

So what about a vaginal discharge points to a sexually transmitted infection (STI)?

Without sending a sample of the discharge to the lab, it’s hard to be certain beyond a reasonable doubt. Nonetheless, I will leave you with some pointers.

Before I get down to it, here are a few things you would need for the task;

-A good sense of smell

-A good color perception (in a nutshell, you cannot be color blind)

-A small mirror to look “down there” might also be necessary

-Watch the Scoop on Sexually Transmitted Infection Video

What to Look for in a Vaginal Discharge

1. Thick white or yellow cheesy discharge with itching and irritation down there – sounds like a yeast infection. This is not a sexually transmitted infection.

2. Thin grayish discharge with a fishy odor – sounds like bacterial vaginosis. Also not a sexually transmitted infection.

3. Thick or thin yellowish discharge with pelvic area discomfort could be a sexually transmitted infection like gonorrhea or Chlamydia. Lab testing is the only way to confirm for sure.

4. Bloody discharge lasting several days and you are not pregnant – yep, your menstrual period all right.

There are no easy answers for the vaginal discharge dilemma. Someone who knows what she is doing  (like your doctor) probably needs to look “down there” and take a sample of the discharge and then send it off to be tested at the lab while you wait a couple of hours to days to find out what you have. Sigh!

Medical Pop Quiz: What do you know about wetness “down there?” Find Out Below

What causes you to itch "down there" and gives you a thick white discharge?

What condition gives you a fishy odor "down there"?

True or False; You need to get treated for every discharge you notice "down there".

The video below goes into even more details about sexually transmitted infections (STI)

On this 8 minute video you will discover;

⇒—How to tell the difference between a normal discharge and a sexually transmitted infection

You will see the images of the different sexually transmitted infections

You will get a primer on the specific treatment for each type of infection.

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Dr. Bola

Family physician. Works for the "man" by day, wife & mom 24/7.
Loves the work of translating "medicalese" to plain english.


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