Every woman experiences discharge during her life. When issues arise, it is very important to understand when discharge is a sign of a more serious problem, one of which could be an infection.
There are several types of discharges, some being normal discharge and others being abnormal. The original source of the discharge often determines the type of discharge. For example, cervicitis discharge denotes an infection of the cervix.
Let’s take a closer look at what cervicitis is and what it is normal and what’s not when it comes to discharge.
What is Cervicitis?
In basic terms, cervicitis is an inflammation of the cervix. The causes of cervicitis range from irritation, infection, or an injury of the cells that line the cervix. When the tissues inside the cervix become inflamed they appear swollen, red in color, and can even cause a mucus and pus to excrete.
Cervicitis is often caused by a sexually transmitted disease, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, or genital herpes. Cervicitis discharge typically is either gray or pale yellow in color and has little to no odor.
Other symptoms of cervicitis include pain during sexual intercourse, frequent and painful urination, abdominal pain and fever.
Normal Discharge vs. Abnormal Discharge
Besides troubling cervicitis some women experience leukorrhea. Leukorrhea is a much more common and far less serious condition than cervicitis. Normal discharge will look clear or even creamy—particularly during ovulation, while abnormal discharge will have a foul odor and be gray to yellow in color.
There are three types of leukorrhea. Inflammatory, Physiologic and Parasitic. Each has its own specific cause. Inflammatory, obviously, is caused by some sort of infection or inflammation in the reproductive tract. Physiologic is caused by an imbalance of estrogen, and parasitic is caused by a single-celled organism.