Abnormal Vaginal Discharge
What Is Considered Abnormal?
Most women have vaginal discharge. Vaginal discharge may occur daily for some, while others see it once in a while. The amount of discharge can be little and infrequent, or heavy and continuous.
Healthy vaginal discharge is usually one that is clear or whitish, may have a slight odour that is not strong smelling and may leave a yellow stain on underwear.
Abnormal vaginal discharge is one that arises from within the walls of the vagina. This discharge can either be clear and watery, thick and white, or even have other colour changes such as yellow, pink, red or green.
This discharge can also accompany other symptoms such as vaginal odour – a foul or fishy smell, vaginal pain during sex, vaginal pain, vaginal itch and discomfort. The consistency of this discharge can also become thicker and more opaque as well.
Vaginal discharge can be caused by an infection, whether hygiene related or STI related.
Causes of hygiene related vaginal discharge include Yeast, Monilla, Candida, Group B Streptococcus and Gardnerella (also known as bacteria vaginosis).
Common Causes Of Abnormal Vaginal Discharge
Common causes of STI related vaginal discharge are chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomonas, mycoplasma hominis, ureaplasma urealyticum or other vaginal bacteria. Symptoms may appear from 3 days after receptive vaginal intercourse or even receptive female oral fellatio. Often, conditions such as Chlamydia can remain asymptomatic or symptomless in 7 out of 10 women.
If left untreated, the infections from STI related vaginal discharge can cause long term problems such as infertility and even organ damage such as pelvic inflammatory disease. All these are easily preventable with a DTAP Express vaginal STD swab test.
Rapid testing and quick results for common STIs such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea allow for quick peace of mind and expedited treatment for you and/ or your partner. Expedited partner therapy allows you to collect medications for your partner.
If you opt for the DTAP Express FULL Vaginal STD swab test, this will pick up both STI related causes of vaginal discharge and non-STI, or hygiene related causes of vaginal discharge. These are all curable with treatment. A repeat swab test is also advised 2 weeks after the end of treatment to document treatment success.
Testing & Treatment For Abnormal Vaginal Discharge
In rarer instances, some ladies experience repeated abnormal discharge every month nearing their periods, or even abnormal discharge each time after sex even though both partners have been tested clear for STIs. The results after the swab can then be discussed with our DTAP clinic doctors to further investigate the causes of these repeated symptoms. Speak to our doctors at DTAP Clinics for Women’s Health issues.
Quick, confidential and fuss-free testing in the comfort and privacy of our DTAP Express clinic, designed around the comforts and needs of You the patient, allow for rapid results and expedited treatment for you and or your partner.
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