What is the Color of Your Vaginal Discharge Telling You?

Is the color of your vaginal discharge telling you something important about your health? Normal vaginal discharge is milky or white and is odorless. But sometimes, an imbalance of bacteria in your vagina can cause your discharge to change color. Do you have brown or yellow discharge? Or maybe your discharge is green, white, bloody or dark. In this article we’ll explore the range of discharge colors that you might experience and what they could mean.

Recognizing Normal and Abnormal Discharge

Changes in your discharge that may signal a problem include an increase in the amount, and a change in the color, smell or texture of the discharge. You may also experience other symptoms with a change in discharge, such as  irritation, itchiness or burning in or around your vagina. The combination of these factors can help reveal what may be going on in your body. Let’s take a look at the different colors of vaginal discharge, what it might signal, other related symptoms, and what you can do:


Type of Discharge

It Could Be…

Other Symptoms

What You Can Do

Milky or white

Normal discharge

None, including no odor

Nothing! All is well

Thick and white

Vaginal yeast infection

Vaginal itching, burning, soreness, or pain. Some women experience pain when urinating or having sex along with and redness, swelling or rash around the vulva

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White, yellow or grey

Bacterial vaginosis

Fishy odor, itching and swelling

Not normal—talk to your healthcare professional

Yellow or green


Foul odor, thick or chunky texture

Not normal—talk to your healthcare professional

Brown or bloody

Irregular menstruation or a sign of something more serious

Pelvic pain or vaginal bleeding

Talk to your healthcare professional

Cloudy, yellow


Pelvic pain

Talk to your healthcare professional

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When to See Your Healthcare Professional

Since every woman is different, it’s a good idea to pay attention to your vaginal discharge. You will learn to recognize what is normal for you, and what may be signaling a problem—especially if you experience other symptoms at the same time, like pain, itching and irritation. Only you know your body. If you have vaginal discharge that doesn’t seem normal for you (with or without other symptoms), talk to your healthcare professional.

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See what your vaginal discharge and other symptoms may be telling you.

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