Green Vaginal Flow or Discharge
Pelvis | Gynecology | Green Vaginal Flow or Discharge (Symptom)
Some amount of vaginal discharge is normal among women; it is often clear or whitish with a minimal odour. If the discharge changes in colour, odour or texture, it may be a sign of an infection, although some variation throughout the menstrual cycle is common. Infections may be accompanied by other symptoms, such as itching, burning, discomfort or spotting.
The most common cause of green vaginal discharge is a sexually transmitted infection known as trichomoniasis. The discharge often has a foul odour and is typically more yellowish-green than pure green. Intercourse and urination may cause discomfort, and the genital area may be itchy. Pelvic pain may also occur but is not common.
The discharge due to bacterial vaginosis is more commonly white and tends to have a foul odour. A foul-smelling, coloured discharge can also occur when a foreign body, such as a tampon, is in the vagina for an extended period of time.
Trichomoniasis can easily be diagnosed by sampling the discharge. Since it is transmitted sexually, tests for other infections, including gonorrhea and bacterial vaginosis, may be performed at the same time. Trichomoniasis, gonorrhea, and bacterial vaginosis are curable with appropriate antibiotic therapy. If a foreign body is present, it will need to be removed and antibiotics may be used to treat any potential infection.