Although you can begin to worry when you see the light vaginal discharge, it can be perfectly common. Usually, a release is white or clear, and its texture can be creamy or stringy (like egg whites). When mucus takes on strange colors or emits foul odors, it is usually a cause for concern.
There is no strict rule, and yellow discharge may or may not be the sign of a severe medical issue. Keep in mind one thing, if it is chunky, thick, and smelly, this secretion is almost always a clear sign of STD. Let’s see what causes yellow vaginal discharge and what you can do to remedy the situation.
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Normal Yellow Discharge during Pregnancy
During your third trimester of pregnancy, you can expect neutral light yellow discharge. With the progress of your pregnancy, you will experience abundant yellow secretion which is the standard way for your reproductive organs to prepare for labor.
The cause of this condition is natural hormone Estrogen. Your ovaries, fat cells, and adrenal glands produce it in a more significant quantity due to hormone imbalance, stress, nutrition poor in dietary fiber, or excess body fat, and one of the results can be yellow discharge. Don’t worry. It is a pretty usual condition for a pregnant woman, and there is no need for any medication.
For some women, yellow discharge is entirely normal. According to doctors, clear or cloudy yellow secretion can appear when your vagina is too dry. What really matters is the odor. If there is no odor and you don’t notice other symptoms, everything is all right, and you can be calm.
Still, if your mucus is usually white and suddenly turns yellow, you may want to see your doctor just to make sure that there are no underlying medical conditions which cause this type of change.
Abnormal Yellow Discharge during Pregnancy
On the other hand, yellow discharge during the first or second trimesters of your pregnancy is not a good sign at all and sometimes can be threatening because it is usually an indicator of an acute inflammatory process or some other infection. In that case, abnormal secretion is almost always accompanied by discomfort in the genital area (itching and burning) and unpleasant scent.
The most common causes of clear, foul smelly yellow discharge (or even pus) during pregnancy are Staphylococcus, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, or colon bacilli. If you experience bubbling yellow-green discharge, you may have problems with Trichomonas Vaginalis. You can also recognize tubal or ovarian inflammation as well as vaginal bacterial infections if you notice bright yellow discharge during pregnancy.
Anyway, don’t immediately get upset as soon as you notice yellow secretion during your pregnancy. Visit your gynecologist and do necessary medical tests which will show if you need to worry about infection and if it requires medical treatment.
1 – Gonorrhea
Unfortunately, yellow discharge during pregnancy usually points to Gonorrhea, a very dangerous disease for a future mom, but, luckily, completely curable nowadays. Neisseria gonorrhoeae grows in multiple places in the body’s mucous membranes. These bacteria can grow and thrive in moist, warm areas of the body, including your vagina, fallopian tubes, uterus, throat, and mouth.
If you notice smelly, cloudy, yellow secretion of altered consistency, feel discomfort such as burning and (or) itching in the genital area and suffer from painful urination, you can be pretty sure that you have a problem with this infection. You may also experience other symptoms like bleeding between periods, pelvic pain, and urinary incontinence as well.
If you have any of the symptoms I have listed above, see your doctor as soon as possible to get tested for gonorrhea and start treatment which includes an injectable or oral antibiotic.
Anaerobic protozoan parasite Trichomonas vaginalis causes a widespread sexually transmitted disease well-known as Trichomoniasis. This parasite can make your discharge turn smelly, yellow-green, and frothy. If you experience other symptoms such as swelling, soreness, and itching in the vaginal area, as well as painful urination, you should visit your doctor. Tests will show if Trichomoniasis is a reason for your discomfort. If yes, you will get adequate antibiotics. Don’t worry; this unpleasant disease is entirely treatable nowadays.
3 – Other causes
In some cases, yellowish secretion during your pregnancy can also be caused by:
None of these causes are good news, so it is essential to see your doctor right away.
In Which Cases You Can Notice Yellow Discharge Before Your Period?
Some women experience yellow discharge with no odor before they get their period. This condition can be entirely normal but, in some cases, it can be a symptom of a few serious medical issues. Let’s see.
1 – A sign that your period approaches
Many women notice pale yellow watery secretion before their period. It is a result of more mucus your vagina produces in this period. If there is no abnormal texture of the discharge or smelly odor doesn’t occur, there is no reason for concern.
- When a menstrual cycle is too short
You can experience brownish-yellow secretion right after your regular period if your menstrual cycle is shorter than average. The reason is a small amount of your menstrual blood. As a result of hormonal changes, women undergoing menopause pretty often notice this type of release.
3 – When you begin a new diet
Believe me or not, in rare cases, new food or some vitamins can be a reason of yellow discharge occurrence.
4 – A sign of an infection
The main difference between healthy and abnormal discharge is always its smell. Any kind of foul-smelling odor, especially fishy-smelling secretion, is a sure sign of an infection.
5 – Cervicitis
Cervicitis is pretty common inflammation of women’s cervix caused by Trichomoniasis, Gonorrhea, Herpes virus, Human Papillomavirus, and Chlamydia. Also, a reason can be an allergic reaction to birth control and an overgrowth of bacteria in the vaginal canal.
Along with large amounts of pus-like, smelly yellow discharge, you may also experience fertility issues, pain during urination and sex, as well as vaginal bleeding after intercourse.
6 – Vulvovaginitis
Caused by inflammation in your vulva and vagina, vulvovaginitis is one more type of infection that can cause yellow colored discharge. No matter if it is bacteria, viruses or yeasts infection, you will experience foul smell, burning while urinating, vaginal pain, vaginal dryness, itching, and irritation.
7 – Bacterial Vaginosis
Bacterial Vaginosis is a pretty common infection. It occurs as a result of an overgrowth of bacteria in the vaginal tract, particularly Gardnerella and Mobiluncus bacteria. No one can say what the cause of this disorder is, but there is a possibility that it can be linked with smoking, having multiple sexual partners, and using too much douche.
Typically, this type of infection causes yellow discharge with a fish-like smell. You can’t expect soreness or irritation in this case.
8 – PID (Pelvic inflammatory disease)
This disorder usually occurs if you don’t treat Chlamydia or Gonorrhea disease. The causative agents of these infections can spread through your reproductive system and damage tissue of your ovaries, uterus, and fallopian tubes.
If you have PID, you will notice yellow discharge with a strong odor as well as abdominal pain, nausea, a high fever, spotting throughout the month, irregular periods, and (or) pain during intercourse.
9 – Gonorrhea or Chlamydia
These infections are pretty common STD caused by bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis. Both of them are usually asymptomatic, but sometimes you can notice yellow, pus-like secretion and experience loss of appetite and pain during urination and (or) intercourse. If left untreated, they can lead to PID, ectopic pregnancies, or infertility.
10 – Trichomoniasis
Although the sign of Trichomoniasis is usually fishy-smelling green discharge, in rare cases it is possible that frothy yellow secretion occurs. Other symptoms include genital itching and pain during intercourse and (or) urinating.
Like yellow colored discharge, orange secretion is usually a sign of an infection or STD. However, this type of release may also appear at the end of your period if your normal secretion is mixed with blood. If it appears mid-cycle with other symptoms, see your doctor as soon as possible. He will do some medical tests and set up an adequate diagnosis.
Natural Ways to Prevent Yellow Discharge
There are many natural ways to prevent this unpleasant discharge including various remedies and herbs. In many cases, they can help you prevent and even cure yellow secretion.
1 – Apple cider vinegar – It can be perfect for the treatment of vaginal infections. Many studies show that it helps to remove unpleasant vaginal odor.
2 – Wheat grain– It brings the hormones into balance and helps in menstrual cycle regulation.
3 – Baking soda – It put the pH level into balance and thus prevents the appearance of abnormal vaginal discharge.
4 – Garlic – Except it has strong antibacterial properties, garlic can neutralize all bad odors which follow abnormal discharge.
5 – Cranberry juice – Thanks to its natural acidic, it can help your body to prevent increasing of harmful bacteria’s level.
Since the yellow discharge is a typical symptom of an infection, you should visit your gynecologist if you notice it, especially if it is frothy or chunky and have a strong smell. Whatever the cause of this type of secretion is, it is easily treatable. It is essential that your doctor brings a timely diagnosis, and that the treatment starts as soon as possible. It is the only way to prevent any possible complications.