Green mucus vaginal discharge is an abnormal feminine secretion that occurs for some reasons. Most of the time, the discharge is yellow-green, has a bad smell that’s usually referred to as fishy, and a thick, creamy consistency that resembles cottage cheese. Common causes include sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), bacterial vaginosis, and foreign objects inside of the vagina (e.g. tampons). Many women may experience odorless green discharge as a normal part of their menstrual cycle, which isn’t necessarily a reason of concern.
If you are new to abnormal discharge and would like to know when it’s normal and when it isn’t, the FAQ guide below will help you.
1. What Should My Discharge Look Like?
Normal vaginal discharge is usually clear to whitish to pale yellow, has a consistency ranging from watery to thick and creamy, and no odor, although it might sometimes smell quite musky. The amount usually varies from woman to woman – while some experience very little discharge, others report the discharge literally soaking through their underpants. On average, a woman’s vagina produces one tablespoon of discharge every day.
However, there are some factors that may affect the color, consistency, smell and amount of vaginal odor. These include pregnancy, hormonal changes, sexual arousal, infections, lifestyle changes, and stress. If you notice any sudden changes in how your vaginal discharge looks, it may be the right time to seek medical assistance.
2. Why Do I Have Green Mucus Discharge?
If you experience greenish yellow discharge from vagina, this is usually a sign of infection. In most cases, the discharge is accompanied by itching, swelling, redness, pelvic pain, burning during urination, spotting between periods, and a bad, fishy odor. The most common causes of yellow-green mucus include Chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis, which can be contracted during sexual intercourse or contact with infected bodily fluids. For example, the infection can be spread if you use the same towel, swimming suit or underpants as an infected person – say, when you sample them in the store.
3. The Amount of Discharge Increases During Sex – Why?
If you have an STD, the amount of discharge will likely increase during intercourse as a result of sexual arousal. The odor will probably be stronger after intercourse, especially if the discharge is caused by bacterial vaginosis (BV) instead of a sexually transmitted disease. If you notice this, make sure to tell your doctor about it. He will use a vaginal swab to take a sample of the discharge and send it to a lab to have it tested.