Throughout the menstrual cycle vaginal discharge changes in order to prepare the body for a possible pregnancy and, in the event that this does not occur, prepare the body for menstruation. As a result it is normal to observe that at certain times of the month the discharge is thicker or more abundant than in other moments; however, when there is an an anomaly it will be time to act and consult our gynecologist. Vaginal discharge can smell bad due to changes in your diet, hormonal changes, bacterial vaginosis or other problems. The function of discharge is to make the vagina properly lubricated during sex and to serve as protection the vagina from external organisms that may try to penetrate the vaginal canal and cause infections and discomfort. Normal discharge presents no odor and has a light color.
Vaginal itching and discharge - adult and adolescent
Vaginal discharge - NHS
What is a normal vaginal discharge? Vaginal discharge is a fluid or semi-solid substance that is released from the vaginal opening. Most women have at least some vaginal discharge. In fact, a small amount of vaginal discharge is considered a normal vaginal discharge and is indicative of our body's normal cleansing process.
Abnormal Vaginal Discharge
A slight vaginal odor is considered normal. It may become more noticeable during certain days of the menstrual cycle or right after sex. Some foods spices, coffee, onions may also change the odor of vaginal fluids. However, sometimes vaginal odor may be a warning sign of a serious health problem—especially when it is accompanied by other signs and symptoms. In this article, we have summarized the possible causes of abnormal vaginal odor, from the not-very-serious to the potentially deadly.
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