A woman may use her fingers to find out the texture of her vaginal discharge. She may also use her nose to know the smell of her discharge. It is the best way to get familiar with your vaginal discharge at different times of the month so as to help you know when to see your doctor.
The discharge can either be normal or abnormal depending on:
The colour: A discharge that looks yellowish, greenish, or grayish may have contracted infections or irritations.
The scent: A normal discharge have no scent at all, but if your discharge has a strong, stinking odour, then its time to see your doctor.
The texture: A normal discharge may go from being paste-like and sticky to clear and stretchy. Abnormal discharge looks clumpy or has a foamy texture.
The volume: It varies from very little to quite a lot, however, if other symptoms are present and you notice a sudden increase in the amount of your vaginal discharge, it may be time to see your doctor.
Infections are likely to occur immediately before, during and after a woman’s period, when the vaginal environment is at its least acidic and prone to infections.
Some common infections that leads to abnormal discharges are Vaginosis, Yeast infection and Trichomoniasis.
Abnormal discharge can be followed by itching, vaginal redness/soreness, rash, burning sensation when peeing or pain.