Vaginal discharge is a common phenomenon for most women. Normal discharge is a mixture of bodily fluid and cells which release from the uterus through your vagina. It can vary in color, amount, and its consistency which directly depends on the individual menstrual cycle of every woman.
From time to time, you can experience different discharge colors, and the most of them are natural, and usually, there is no reason for concern. However, green vaginal discharge is never normal and healthy, and it is always a reason to visit your gynecologist and to solve an internal problem you have.
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What Statistics Says
Statistics is implacable. Green vaginal discharge is the primary symptom in about 23% of women who have problems with Bacterial Vaginosis and about 36% of them who experienced Trichomonas Vaginal Infection. This symptom lasts approximately less than a week in 39% of cases, day or two in 27% of cases, and almost 17% of women have this problem longer than a month.
Green vaginal discharge is almost never the only symptom. Women who experience it usually have problems with vaginal burning and (or) itch (about 18% of them) and nearly 9% of women experience additional yellow pus vaginal discharge. Except that, it is possible having vaginal pain, increased burning during urination, and (or) bleeding during intercourse.
Causes for Green Vaginal Discharge
The good news is that causes of green vaginal secretion are readily diagnosed. You just need to visit your doctor right away if you notice this recognizable symptom. Luckily, whatever the reason is, it is very treatable.
Reasons for green vaginal discharge can be varied including infectious (bacterial or fungal), obstructive (foreign object), topical (scented soaps and sprays or over-douching), and anatomical (fistula between the vagina and the rectum).
However, even though it seems complicated, diagnose is pretty simple because the most common cause of green discharge is related to Trichomoniasis, the widespread sexually transmitted disease, and Bacterial Vaginosis. And, they are not rare at all. In fact, more than three million people in the U.S. face that unpleasant issue every single year.
Green Vaginal Discharge as a Sign of Trichomoniasis
Trichomoniasis (‘Trich’) is sexually transmitted infection caused by Trichomonas Vaginalis. Millions of Americans suffer this issue every year, but surprisingly, approximately 70% of all infected people don’t have any visible symptom of a disease.
If symptoms occur, it will usually happen within 5 to 28 days after you have been infected, but in many cases, symptoms will develop much later on. Plus, there are no specific indications connected only with this infection. They usually include:
- Vaginal itching
- Vaginal burning
- Vulvovaginal odor
- Vaginal redness and (or) soreness
- Vaginal bleeding
- Discomfort when urinating
You should know that specific green discharge is not always present as a symptom. In fact, you may experience secretion which varies from light green, yellow-green, darker green, white-gray, or brown in some cases. But, if the green discharge occurs followed by a smelly odor, it is always a sign that you have one of two problems either Trichomoniasis or Bacterial Vaginosis.
Thankfully, in most cases, this green discharge is curable, and it is never a sign of a life-threatening situation.
Green Vaginal Discharge as a Sign of Bacterial Vaginosis
There are a lot of bacteria in the vagina have a function to save it clear and healthy. But, when the average balance of bacteria in your vagina changes for some reason, and their number increases, you will suffer Bacterial Vaginosis. It is actually not a sexually transmitted disease and doesn’t depend on poor hygiene. On the contrary, uncontrolled douching of your vagina is often a risk factor which causes this issue.
The symptoms are pretty mild and include abnormal vaginal discharge which is primarily white-gray, bloody, or thick, but sometimes green secretion occurs. Whatever the color of discharge is, a fishy vulvovaginal smell is always present as well as vaginal itch and (or) burning.
If you notice any of these symptoms, visit your gynecologist. He will test you to confirm the diagnosis. Fortunately, antibiotic treatment will solve the problem very easily and quickly.
Green Discharge while Pregnant
Pregnancy causes so many changes in the body, and you can experience some very strange issues during that period. Vaginal discharge will become a part of your everyday life, and it will be an indicator of many different problems you face.
If you notice green secretion, you can be pretty sure that the reason is a UTI (Urinary tract infection) which is very common during pregnancy. Why? Well, as your uterus expands, it affects the bladder. The high pressure leads to the urine flow restriction. As a result, the bladder fills up excessively and forces you to run to the bathroom more and more often while pregnancy moves away.
If you try to hold the urine in for a while, you can expect that the likelihood of an infection occurrence increases. Consequently, bacteria will develop in your urinary tract and eventually lead to a UTI which can cause green secretion.
You should talk to your gynecologist if you notice this type of discharge to make sure that you don’t have an STD. Believe me; you don’t want complications during labor which STD can cause including possible harmful effects on your baby. Test yourself. If you don’t have Trichomoniasis, it is likely a urinary tract infection.
You can effectively treat this type of infection with antibiotics. The problem is that using antibiotics in pregnancy can be tricky and many future moms would like to avoid it. If you are pregnant and don’t want to take any medicines for UTI or STD, you need to discuss your options with your physician. The fact is that UTI may heal itself over time, but it is not a case with STD. You will be forced to choose between antibiotics and a possibility that the infection possibly harms your baby. It is a horrible choice indeed.
Treatments for Green Vaginal Discharge
Antibiotics which your doctor prescribes to you will ‘kill’ Trichomonas vaginalis or other harmful bacteria. Except them, you can help yourself with some lifestyle changes and homemade solutions, and make the future occurrence of the same problem less possible:
- If you suffer from swelling, try to alleviate discomfort using an ice pack which you can wrap in your washcloth.
- To avoid uncomfortable itch, you should limit douching. Also, don’t use too scented soaps which destroy the balance in your vaginal secretions.
- Find a good antifungal cream in the pharmacy if you suspect that you have a fungal infection. You can get it without a prescription.
- The best way to prevent STD is by using a condom during intercourse.
Unfortunately, green vaginal discharge is not a rare phenomenon. Many of you can experience yellowish or green secretion as one of the first signs of an STD or bacterial infection. If you notice this kind of release, you should seriously pay attention to your health condition and visit your doctor as soon as possible.
Generally, any strange color or texture of your discharge is probably a reason to concern, especially if you are pregnant. Discuss with your doctor to ensure that you and your baby are healthy and protected.