Vaginal Discharge

Many women attend their general practitioner concerned about vaginal discharge. Sometimes this is an issue that the patient herself notices or sometimes her partner may report this.A lot of the time there is no infection and this is simply a normal or “physiological” discharge. If foul smelling, abnormal colour, persistent or associated with itch or discomfort it may be sign of a vaginal infection. Often this is a simple infection such as “thrush” (candidiasis) or bacterial vaginosis but may also be a sign of an acquired sexually transmitted infection. Simple swabs can be taken to make a diagnosis and treatment again is usually very simple.

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