Abnormal discharge is an abnormal feminine secretion that oftentimes indicates the presence of a vaginal infection caused by a sexually transmitted disease such as gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, or Chlamydia. While most of the time vaginal discharge is normal and happens as a result of the vagina flushing out dead cells and pathogens, there are times when it isn’t, thus putting your reproductive organs at a risk.
In order to avoid possible complications of delayed treatment, it is important that you identify abnormal discharge and its characteristics and proceed to treating the root cause by undergoing a detailed vaginal examination. Keep reading to find out more about the different types of abnormal looking cervical mucus.
1. Thick White Discharge No Odor
Creamy white discharge no odor is commonly caused by yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis, two types of infections that are not usually serious. Symptoms of yeast infection include milky and clumpy vaginal discharge with odor, vaginal and/or vulval itching, swelling and redness, burning during urination, lower abdominal (pelvic) pain, vaginal discomfort and painful intercourse. Similarly, bacterial vaginosis causes cottage cheese discharge with a really strong odor that becomes more noticeable after sex. However, there are no other symptoms such as those of yeast infection.
Note that symptoms may vary from woman to woman, and as such, your discharge may have no odor, especially if very mild.
2. Yellow Discharge No Odor
If your discharge is yellow or yellow greenish, there is a good chance that you have gonorrhea or Chlamydia instead, which typically cause your cervical mucus to alter its color. The discharge is usually chunky or clumpy, has a color ranging from pale yellow to yellow green, and the odor is only slightly noticeable, depending on the amount of discharge. Additional symptoms like itching, swelling and painful urination may be present.
Both gonorrhea and Chlamydia are sexually transmitted diseases that can be contracted during unprotected sexual intercourse with an infected sexual partner. There is a slight chance of contracting these STIs by coming into contact with infected surfaces, such as public restrooms, or infected clothing (e.g. bikinis, swimming suits or lingerie sampled in-store). STDs usually have very serious consequences if not treated on time, including ectopic pregnancy, premature birth (in case of pregnant women), and infertility.
If you experience yellow vaginal discharge no odor that looks abnormal or causes vaginal discomfort, seek medical assistance for appropriate treatment.