vaginal discharge Abnormal vaginal secretions. Healthy vaginal secretions are made up of aging cell cast off from the vaginal walls, secretions from the cervix that help protect the uterus from infection and aid in fertility, and chemicals produced by vaginal bacteria and fungi. Normal vaginal secretion is clear and/or white. Different conditions can cause the discharge to become different colors. If a color change from what is normal for an individual occurs, a doctor should perform an examination to determine the cause. Any abnormal aromas of the vaginal area also need to be investigated by a doctor. Abnormal discharge can be due to infection and is frequently associated with pain, burning, itching, and painful urination. pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), herpes genitalis, other STDs, infection of the inside of the uterus, and inflammation of the vagina due to lack of estrogen are other possible causes of vaginal discharge.
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The term vaginitis is one that is applied to any inflammation or infection of the vagina, and there are many different conditions that are categorized together under this ‘broad’ heading, including bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis and non-infectious vaginitis.