Vaginal infection, or vaginitis, is the most common cause of light green discharge. While yeast infection is the most common type of vaginal infection, affecting as much as 75% of women, there are other forms of vaginitis that can trigger abnormal discharge with odor. Most of the time, the infections are not life-threatening, but they should be addressed immediately to prevent complications.
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.
Vaginal discharge is part of every woman’s reproductive system, serving as an important housekeeping function of the vagina. Many women report experiencing vaginal discharge throughout their menstrual cycle – but while this isn’t always a reason of concern, it can often indicate the presence of an infection. Unfortunately, most women are unaware of vaginal discharge, which frequently results in wrongly diagnosing the underlying cause.
Many women consider vaginal discharge grossly appalling – it’s wet, tacky, slippery, wets their clothes and sometimes has a really bad smell. Yet vaginal discharge is a normal part of the vagina’s self-cleansing mechanism, and usually lasts for as long as your reproductive system is “viable.” But while some watery or slimy discharge is normal every now and then, there are times when it appears to be whitish green, pale green or dark green, bearing a strong, fishy odor and making your vagina feel itchy.