Can vaginal discharge really be greenish yellow? YES!

Without anyone telling you this is an easy one. Just by the color alone you can confidently know that this is abnormal discharge. Green, yellow or a combo of both colors usually fall in the STD category.  There are circumstance where medication or supplements may change the color of your discharge. If clean, the vagina is not suppose to have a strong foul/fishy/sickly odor at all. No abnormal amounts of clumpy, bloody, green or other strange color discharge. 

There are three main culprits that can cause green or greenish yellow vaginal discharge all three are STD's:

Chlamydia- an std cause by the infectious bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis                 it is known as the silent std because most that are infected show no symptoms. It is the second most common of the STD's amongst teenagers. If there is discharge it is more yellowish and maybe with a hint of green. With four to eight million young people infected each year it is important that you see a doctor because of its reputation of being the silent STD.

There are two ways chlamydia is transmitted if a women is infected and she get pregnant while giving birth the disease can be passed on to the child through the traveling down of the birthing canal. Not only will the newborn be infected with the disease they can suffer with other issue such as eye infection and pneumonia. Fortunately, we in this country, can be treated while pregnant.

The other way is through of course, sexual contact whether it's oral, vaginal or anal.  Again, it is known as the silent std if you suspect anything please get the right diagnoses from the doctor.

Gonorrhea: is a highly contagious STD caused by the Neisseria Gonorrhoeae bacteria. Also known as the "Clap"  Many women do not have any symptoms, for those who do have vaginal discharge it can be either watery or thick discharge that is uncommon to their normal discharge that is a watery and thin, thick creamy or clumpy white, yellow, green or yellowish-green. Symptoms may include lower abdominal pain, pain and burning during frequent urination,  pain and irritation during intercourse accompanied by a foul smelling combination of fishy and a sickly funk.

It very easy to get gonorrhea confused with a vaginal yeast infection or an UTI because of the white clumpy discharge and/or the pain during urination. Gonorrhea is a very common STD it is the second most common STD in general and is easily transmitted through any kind of sexual contact. You can also get it by touching the infected area and using sex toys. The vagina and other parts of the reproductive system, penis, urethra, rectum, throat, eyes are all moist and warm places, gonorrhea infects and lives best in these places.

Word of caution when infected with gonorrhea doctors will usually test you for Chlamydia because about half of the people infected with gonorrhea also are infected with Chlamydia. It is very important to get tested and treated because of the possible double infection.

The slang name for gonorrhea the "Clap" comes from the old-time procedure that was used to treat and remove the gonorrhea pus from the urethra of the penis. This method was not used on women because of the automatic and natural vaginal drainage process. Untreated, gonorrhea can lead to a host of reproductive issues such damage and blockage of the fallopian tubes, PID, abscesses, ectopic pregnancy, and other problems that I will list on the Recognizing Vaginal Infection page.

Trichomoniasis is a single-celled microscopic living animal; an infectious STD from the Trichomonas Vaginalis parasite. It survives and lives in the genital fluids of the cervix, vagina and the glands in the vulva area, the bladder and the urethra. In men, the STD usually show no symptoms and if so, the parasite infects the urethra releasing a thin/watery white discharge, inflammation of the penis tip causing burning and pain (especially when urinating and ejaculating), a strange tingle and irritation inside the penis and it can also live in uncircumcised penises (under the foreskin).   

Like gonorrhea, trich is one of the most common STD’S that often shows no symptoms. Infection can still spread to anyone you may have sexual contact with during the incubation period which ranges from five (5) to twenty-eight (28) days.   

Trich is more common in women than in men but it is often the men that pass it to women. Trich can pass on from vagina to penis, penis to vagina, vagina to vagina. Infected genitalia fluids can also be the cause of transmitting the parasitic infection by hand.

Like with any STD’s or STI’s women are more susceptible, some symptoms of Trich can resemble a yeast infection that is why it is very important to get diagnose and treated for any STD’s. The CDC states that nearly four (4) million Americans are infected with trich at any time during a year.

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