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The Signs and Symptoms of Vaginal Infections


Updated June 18, 2014

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Vaginal infections often present with a variety of symptoms. The following symptoms can indicate a number of female reproductive health conditions including vaginal infections, sexually transmitted diseases or STDs, and urinary tract infections or UTI. Call your doctor if you experience:

  • vaginal itching, including itching in or near your vagina,
  • vaginal pain or vaginal burning,
  • pain or burning with urination,
  • post coital bleeding
  • or any abnormal vaginal discharge or fluid. Typical abnormal vaginal discharges can be thick and white, with a cottage cheese-like texture and odorless, or yellowish-green with a foul odor.

The normal vagina produces a discharge that varies throughout the menstrual cycle. Normal vaginal discharge usually appears clear, cloudy white, or yellowish. Call your doctor anytime you are unsure about any vaginal discharge or fluid.


Do You Need to Douche?; GirlsHealth.gov; http://www.girlshealth.gov/body/hygiene_douche.htm; accessed 09/10/07.

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