MountainView Hospital - June 04, 2018

It’s normal for the vagina and cervix to produce some clear mucus, which can turn yellowish or whitish when it comes into contact with the air. Ovulation, sexual arousal and pregnancy are all common things that can increase the amount of vaginal mucus production. Abnormal vaginal discharge, however, can be associated with a medical problem like an infection. Women who have troublesome symptoms can consult an Ob/Gyn at MountainView Hospital.

Yeast infection

Watch the accompanying video to hear from an Ob/Gyn at MountainView Hospital. She explains that women often think they have a yeast infection when they notice abnormal vaginal discharge, and in many cases, they’re right. Yeast infections are also indicated by:

  • Vaginal itching and swelling
  • Burning during sex and urination
  • Pain during sex

Women who have previously been diagnosed with a yeast infection and know how to recognize the symptoms may choose to use over-the-counter products to treat it. If these products don’t bring relief, then it’s time to visit the hospital.

Bacterial vaginosis

When OTC yeast infection products don’t work, it often means that the vaginal discharge is actually caused by bacterial vaginosis. This infection is caused by an imbalance of bacteria in the vagina. Other symptoms can include:

  • Potent, fishy odor
  • Vaginal pain, burning or itching
  • Burning during urination

Bacterial vaginosis isn’t treatable with OTC products. It requires medications prescribed by a doctor. It’s important for women to treat bacterial vaginosis to prevent it from causing other health problems, like premature delivery among expecting mothers.

Pelvic inflammatory disease

Although pelvic inflammatory disease has other causes, it often develops as a complication of certain sexually transmitted diseases, like gonorrhea. In addition to an abnormal vaginal discharge with a foul odor, PID can cause the following:

  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Pain or bleeding during sex
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Burning during urination

If PID is left untreated, it can inflict damage on the reproductive organs. This can affect fertility. Fortunately, PID can also be completely cured, but women are advised to seek a medical evaluation promptly for the best possible outcome.

Women’s Center at MountainView Hospital provides a full suite of specialized medical services within a private, comfortable setting. Women throughout the Las Vegas area turn to our knowledgeable and compassionate providers for modern treatments like robotic-assisted surgery. Call (702) 962-5021 to request a physician referral.