- Nancy L. Hancock, M.D.
I’m having vaginal discharge. Can the doctor call in something for me?
Vaginal discharge can be normal, especially around the time of ovulation and during pregnancy. Diet, sexual activity, medication, and stress can also affect the volume and character of normal vaginal discharge.
Normal discharge may also be yellowish, slightly foul smelling and can be associated with mild irritation. Itching, pain, burning, redness, or lesions are not normal and need to be evaluated.
Abnormal vaginal discharge can be from sexually transmitted diseases, cervical precancer, yeast infections, retained tampons, or a variety of other causes.
Guessing at the problem by treating only the symptoms you describe often leads to the wrong diagnosis with the wrong treatment.The best approach is to see you in the office where we can ask questions about your symptoms, perform an exam and appropriate tests, and determine the exact cause of the symptoms so the correct treatment can be prescribed.
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