the amount of discharge varies from woman to woman. Different women probably also have different opinions of what is normal. But if it always involves using panty shields, or changing protection or underwear several times a day, then it is probably heavier than normal and a doctor should be consulted.
A normal, physiological, discharge is usually clear, creamy or very slightly yellow.
It is advisable to consult a doctor if any of the following changes are noticed as they may indicate that the discharge is caused by infection (vaginitis
If there is suddenly a greater amount of discharge.
If the discharge changes colour from yellow-whitish to brownish, reddish or greenish.
If it becomes smelly.
The doctor will take samples of the discharge in order to detect infection. The samples will be looked at under a microscope and will be sent to the laboratory for further investigation.
If a woman is concerned about vaginal discharge
or vaginitis, especially if there is a possibility that it may be a sexually transmitted disease
, then she should seek advice from her GP, family planning clinic, genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic or gynaecologist