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The Many Causes of Vaginal Discharge

When you hear the term “vaginal discharge,” you might automatically think of problems and abnormalities, but the amazing and efficient design of the vagina means that there are plenty of times when you may experience discharge that’s perfectly normal and not harmful in any way. Your vagina has an amazing ability to self-maintain. 

Depending on where you are in your cycle, your discharge can be clear and thin or thicker and white. When your discharge is the consistency of an egg white, that’s an indication that you’re ovulating. Discharge varies when you’re pregnant, lactating, or having sex as well. Your body produces discharge of many types during different periods of your life, many of which are healthy.

Dr. Joseph Brooks and the team at Arizona Specialized Gynecology care for women of every age and stage, and they provide education to patients as well as treatment, which is important when it comes to matters like discharge, which can either be standard or indicate a problem. 

When vaginal discharge is a problem

If you notice anything unusual about the amount, consistency, or odor of your vaginal discharge, it’s time to get it checked out, especially if it’s accompanied by other symptoms like:

These signs could mean that you’re dealing with a vaginal infection of some sort, or a chronic condition, and each requires specific treatment. The sooner you can get it, the more comfortable you’ll be.

Conditions that cause vaginal discharge abnormalities

When you know something isn’t right regarding unusual or uncomfortable discharge, it could be one of multiple conditions:

It can be localized and specific, or generalized, where you feel pain even when nothing is touching your vaginal area.The condition often coexists with anxiety and a history of abuse. Anesthetic ointments help deaden pain and allow your nerve endings to heal, while physical therapy calms pelvic muscle spasms. 

Fortunately, if you find yourself struggling with vaginal discharge problems, Dr. Brooks has a wide range of treatments that can help you, whatever your diagnosis is. 

Time is of the essence

Don’t put off treatment for abnormal vaginal discharge. Getting diagnosed and treated will restore your comfort, whatever the imbalance you’re managing. Call our office to schedule an appointment, or use our convenient online booking tool

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