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.
As a result, they either start taking over-the-counter medications, or they become overly diligent about heir personal hygiene, cleaning their genital area as frequently as a few times per day.
What do you do if you have green vaginal discharge? Is it normal? What causes it? Find out the answers to these questions below.
Vaginal Discharge: Friend or Foe?
A lot of women think of vaginal discharge as of an unpleasant day-to-day experience. Due to the discomfort and the odor it causes, many women struggle to keep themselves as clean as possible by washing frequently, wearing panty liners or tampons, using baby wet wipes, spraying deodorants, or by changing their underpants very often. However, this usually leads to infections, most commonly bacterial vaginosis and sometimes yeast infection (or thrush).
What most women fail to understand is that vaginal discharge does help keep their vagina clean and healthy by flushing out dead cells and bacteria. At the same time, the discharge also lubricates the vagina during sexual intercourse to make penetration less painful and more pleasurable for women. This type of discharge is frequently referred to as “lubricating discharge” or “lube,” and is produced by different glands as compared to regular, day-to-day vaginal discharge is clear to whitish in color, has no odor, and ranges from watery to thick and creamy. The smell can be sometimes musky depending on how much comes out of your vagina. The amount of vaginal discharge varies from woman to woman – on average, the vagina produces about one teaspoon of mucus every day. While some women report minimal amounts of discharge throughout their menstrual cycle, others experience consistent wetness of the vulva as a result of the huge amounts of mucus that their vagina secretes.
The discharge helps maintain your vagina clean and healthy, preventing bacteria and other organisms from traveling to the cervix (neck of womb) and uterus (womb). Moreover, the discharge maintains the vaginal environment acidic to prevent bacteria from festering and causing infections.
What Does Green Vaginal Discharge Mean?
Thick green discharge from vagina is most commonly caused by an infection, usually bacterial vaginosis and sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, and Chlamydia. These infections exhibit many common symptoms – of these, abnormal discharge is the most notable. Its color ranges from yellow-green to dark green, although hue differs from woman to woman. The consistency is typically pasty, clumpy and feels like lotion or a thick cream when rubbed between fingers. The discharge has a fishy odor that becomes particularly strong after sex. Moreover, the amount of discharge tends to double or triple during intercourse as a result of sexual arousal.