Vaginal discharge can be of different colors. The color and stability of the discharge can be influenced by many factors including diet, stress, medication, and sexual activity. Yellow is a relatively common color and usually does not cause alarm.
It can indicate various things. The causes of yellow discharge Pregnancy vary from normal bodily functions to pregnancy infections. It is necessary to note that whoever is concerned about vaginal discharge, especially if it is accompanied by other symptoms, should contact a doctor.
Dark yellow discharge can be a sign of infection such as bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis, or yeast infection, especially if the discharge is thick, smells or itching or burning.
The watery, pale yellow discharge may possibly be amniotic fluid – the fluid that nourishes and protects your baby in the amniotic sac. Yellow discharge pregnancy that can potentially indicate an infection is typically a dark or dark shade of yellow with a thick or nodular texture and a bad odor. It may also cause itching or burning.
Green or brown discharge can also be a sign of infection. What if you suspect that yellow discharge is amniotic fluid? It is usually easy to tell the difference. Unlike actual yellow discharge, amniotic fluid is very thin and clear or light yellow – such as urine. And it is usually odorless or slightly sweet-smelling.
Is yellow discharge pregnancy normal?
The body has its own mechanism for cleaning the vagina by removing dead cells and bacteria from the vagina to keep it clean and healthy. Leucorrhea, an increased amount of vaginal mucus, is a common symptom of pregnancy. The amount of discharge to be released will peak during the third quarter. If the discharge has a foul smell and is dark, you will need to see a doctor.
Causes of yellow discharge during pregnancy
Few possible causes of yellow discharge pregnancy, including:
Usually, yellow discharge is caused by infections such as vaginosis, trichomoniasis, or yeast infection. The yellow discharge that comes from an infection can be thick or nodular, may have a bad odor or may have other symptoms such as itching or burning in the vagina.
Leaking amniotic fluid:
Yellow discharge can also be amniotic fluid. If you are still away from your due date, it is possible that you are leaking amniotic fluid ahead of time. If you are close to the day of delivery, your water may break. In either case, the yellowish discharge will be very pale yellow (or clear with yellowish tint), thin or watery, and will come out as a trickle or gush. It may also smell sweet or have no odor at all.
Yeast infection is common during the second trimester of pregnancy because hormones affect the pH level of the vagina, causing a yeast called Candida albicans to grow. It causes thick, white, foul-smelling secretions, vaginal itching, redness, and swelling of the vulva. The color of mucus may vary from woman to woman. Your doctor may prescribe medication that will eradicate the infection soon, causing no harm to your child.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
When infections such as chlamydia or gonorrhea go untreated, it can spread to the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries in an infection called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Many different types of bacteria can cause PID. Left untreated, it spreads through the blood that can cause permanent loss of reproductive organs or life-threatening infection.
symptoms of PID
Some of the symptoms of PID which should not be ignored, included:
Lower abdominal pain
Green or yellow discharge with a foul smell
How is yellow discharge pregnancy treated?
For your doctor to treat you for yellow discharge pregnancy, you must first diagnose it. If you have a yeast infection, your doctor will prescribe an anti-fungal cream, ointment, tablet, or suppository. Your treatment plan will vary depending on the severity of your symptoms. Bacterial infections and STIs such as those treated with antibiotics described above. It is important to start treatment as soon as possible to prevent the spread of a more serious condition such as pelvic inflammatory disease and to prevent infection.
- Pantyliners are great to help absorb discharge if it is not due to infection.
- Keep the vaginal area clean, healthy, and clean. After doing your business, make sure that you always wipe the area from front to back. Wiping in another way can cause germs to reach your vagina.
- Wear cotton panties for extra comfort and breathing. Stay away from synthetic materials if you suspect any infection.
- Avoid scented soaps, pads and toilet paper, hygiene sprays, and tight-fitting pants.
- Stay away from vouching as it disturbs the normal bacterial flora of the vagina and increases the chances of infection.
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