Yellow and green discharge is not common and should be a cause of concern.
The next parameter to consider is the odor of your vaginal discharge.
According to experts, while vaginal discharge could be odorless, it could also smell from time to time. This is especially the case for discharge that mixes with menstruation blood, perspiration, or urine.
So, this generally is not a cause for alarm. However, it’s still a must to monitor the smell of your vaginal discharge.
Reports indicate that, with cervical cancer, some cells may lack oxygen and die. This could cause infection in the tumor and create a foul-smelling discharge similar to old blood or decomposing fish.
Thus, if you notice a foul-smelling discharge along with other symptoms like abnormal color, seek medical advice right away.
Of course, aside from foul-smelling discharge, one that emits a fishy or beer-like odor should also raise some alarm. This is because they might indicate the presence of infections.
Finally, check for the flow of discharge. A vaginal discharge that does not stop could be a sign of cancer. Often, the consistency is that of a watery mucus that comes with the telltale foul odor. It could be pale, brown, or mixed with blood.
What about Abnormal Bleeding?
After establishing the possibility of a cervical cancer discharge, it’s time to determine when abnormal bleeding is a sign of cancer.
When is bleeding considered “abnormal?” Doctors say that it’s when you have:
- Light bleeding or blood spotting between monthly periods
- Bleeding after penetrative sex
- A menstrual period that is heavier than normal
- A menstrual period that is longer than normal
- Bleeding after menopause
- Bleeding after pelvic exams
If you experience any of these types of abnormal bleeding, it’s time to talk to your doctor for further assessments.
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