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What Color Is Discharge When You Have An STD?

Illustration of lab tube, beaker and flask filled with colors of different liquids

As most women would tell you, vaginal discharges are a fairly common occurrence. However, when common discharges become uncommon, it’s easy to recognize a problem. Uncommon discharges are characterized by smell, color, or the appearance of a pain that hasn’t occurred before.

STDs can cause very distinct changes in vaginal discharges because they disrupt a woman’s vaginal microflora. This is a fancy term for the naturally occurring bacteria and climate within the vagina and the rest of a woman’s reproductive system. Similar to how the gut is filled with ‘good bacteria,’ vaginas are inhabited by the same type of bacterias. When STDs are introduced to the reproductive system, the invading infection can throw off and change how the good bacteria interacts with a woman’s body. One of the most common interruptions results in oddly colored and strange discharges from the vagina.

Different STDs and Their Effect on Discharge

  • Chlamydia and Gonorrhea – Not only are chlamydia and gonorrhea two of the most common STDs in America, but they are also the two most common STDs that could change the color of your vaginal discharge. Discharges associated with gonorrhea and chlamydia are typically filled with mucus and pus, therefore, giving discharges a yellow, to mildly green, color. There might also be accompanying putrid smells that are unusual to regular discharge.
  • Trich – Trichomoniasis symptoms also include differently colored discharges and itchiness around the pelvic regions. Those with trich symptoms will typically see their discharge become a yellow color. They might also experience burning sensations during urination and sex.

When it comes to vaginal discharges, a good rule of thumb should have you raising alarms if your vaginal discharges are anything but normal. Normal typically entails a milky, white, or clear discharge without any sour or irregular smells. One of the keys to a healthy vagina is healthy bacteria, so if there is an introduction of any other bacterias, the climate of your body will be disrupted and you should be able to tell by observing your body and recognizing its normal functions.

Where discharges once worked to keep your vagina clean and healthy, uncommon discharges are the key to recognizing whether or not you have an STD. If you’ve had unprotected sex recently and have seen an increase in foul-smelling or discolored discharge, be aware of your options and prepare yourself for STD testing. At myLAB Box, we have full spectrum STD testing to ensure you a peaceful and confident state of mind. You are the first line of defense against STDs and staying up to date with testing is a proactive habit that could save you endless frustrations in the future.


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