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Female discharge is normal, daily occurrence for women. Vaginal discharge is important to the female body; it naturally cleans the body and prevents infection. Female discharge varies for everyone, but when changes there are changes in a woman’s normal discharge, it can indicate an infection or problem. Abnormal female discharge may be yellow, green or gray; vary in consistency; have a foul odor; or be accompanied by burning, itching or discomfort.
When female discharge suddenly chances, it may mean something is wrong with the body. Possible causes of abnormal female discharge include:
Since abnormal female discharge can indicate an STD, it’s important to have STD testing performed quickly to avoid complications. STDs can cause infertility in women when left untreated. A simple STD test can determine whether chlamydia, gonorrhea or trichomoniasis is causing female discharge. If negative, a doctor can diagnose other—often less serious—causes.
All STDs are best managed when diagnosed and treated early. Fortunately, the STDs that cause abnormal female discharge are curable with antibiotics. It’s important that all partners who may have been exposed have an STD test and are treated, as well. Be sure to avoid sex until treatment is fully completed.