For instance, a clear and mucoid discharge is common during half of a woman’s cycle but can become thicker depending on physical activities. If the discharge is stretchy, it could be a sign of ovulation, which is also normal and healthy.
Here are other considerations:
- If the discharge is white, ask yourself if the discharge is apparent before or after your menstrual cycle. If it is seen a week or two before your menstruation , then it’s perfectly okay and should not raise any alarm.
- However, if a white to yellowish discharge is accompanied by discomfort or itching, it could be a sign of infection. Causes could include HPV infections, yeast infections, or bacterial vaginosis. Abnormal chalk-white vaginal discharge, associated with intense pruritus and burning sensation, is likely Candidiasis. Vaginal discharge in Candidiasis is often described to have “cottage cheese consistency.”
- If your vaginal discharge presents as brown streaks, it’s still normal as long as it happens towards the end of your menstrual period or a day or two prior to menstruation.
- However, if brownish watery discharge occurs between menstrual cycles or even when already menopause, it’s not normal. What does cervical cancer discharge look like? Some experts say that it looks brownish with occasional dark red spots. If you notice brownish discharge in between periods, seek medical advice.
Finally, even if you don’t see brown discharge, but notice that its color is yellow or green, talk to your doctor as well.
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.