What if my discharge looks or smells funny?

Have your doctor check you out if you think you may be having discharge that is not normal (abnormal). Abnormal discharge can mean you are sick with an infection or disease that needs treatment to go away. You may not even realize you are sick. It is very important to tell an adult and to make an appointment with a doctor if you notice any of the following:

  • Any discharge accompanied by itching, irritation, unpleasant odor, or burning with urination
  • An increase in discharge that isn't normal for you
  • Thick, white discharge
  • Thin, gray discharge
  • Mucus and pus mixed in with discharge
  • Frothy yellow-green discharge
  • Cottage cheese-like discharge 5


5. "Getting Your Period." Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Accessed: November 29, 2005.



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