What Causes Colored Vaginal Discharge?
Colored vaginal discharge can have various causes, just like most other symptoms. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose colored vaginal discharge, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "colored vaginal discharge" as a symptom. For example, vaginitis/vaginal infection.
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
'fishy' vaginal discharge odor
suspected bacterial vaginosis
chronic vaginal yeast infection
painful shallow penetration with sex
painful deep penetration during sex
... and so on
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of colored vaginal discharge.
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
If there is a discharge other than blood, can you tell what color it is? If necessary, you can add a note to describe.
→ Only blood / clear / other color / don't know
→ White / whitish
→ Gray / grayish
→ Green / greenish
→ Yellow / yellowish
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate white vaginal discharge, grayish vaginal discharge, greenish vaginal discharge or yellowish vaginal discharge, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as Vaginitis/Vaginal Infection
. When Bacterial Vaginosis does show symptoms, there may be a thin grayish-white discharge, often more noticeable after sexual intercourse.
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