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It's no secret that vaginas come in all different shapes, colors, and scents. One single vagina can have a different color and fragrance as the day goes on- that's how incredibly adaptable they are to the current state of your body!
Because the vagina has billions of micro-organisms living within one, perfectly regulated environment- a single disruption can have your vagina sending signals that mean it times to take action. To read the hieroglyphs that is your vaginal chemistry, the experts at NutraBlast have put together a breakdown of feminine colors and scents.
Vaginal Color Codes
The vulva, or outside of the vagina can range in color from light pink to dark pink, from light brown to dark brown. Different women sport a different colored vagina- there is no one normal color. The color of the vulva isn't necessarily as important as the colors that are coming from the inside- that's right, vaginal discharge.
Below are the different colors of vaginal discharge, and what they may mean.
Blood red to Brown
Vaginal discharge that is any shade of red is normal around your period is nothing to worry about. It varies in different shades and tends to be browner in hue for women who are experiencing spotting or have irregular periods. Birth control and hormonal change are factors that cause dark red-brown discharge.
"Cream" Colored to a Milky White
A white, creamy, or eggshell discharge is entirely normal, and even a mild yellow looking discharge is nothing to fret about. If you're experiencing a discharge of these colors with accompanying foul odor, itch, or irritation, it might be a sign of something harmful. In which case, you should seek a conventional method of natural treatment such as a Boric Acid suppository.
The reason women experience discharge with this color range is that their vaginal secretions change with her hormonal tides and her sexual behavior. Ovulation certainly provides changes in discharge color inconsistency, as can frequent intercourse.
Pale Yellow to Neon Green
Despite what you may think, these colors and often are the side effects of your diet or taking new vitamins and supplements and don't always mean you have an infection. If you're in the clear (as in, this color discharge isn't ongoing), then take a look at what you ate recently or other changes in consumption. If it's a constant thing, however, you should take it as a sign that it could be an infection (particularly if it's accompanied by other side effects such as itching, redness, odor, etc.) and seek treatment.
Blushed to Deep Pink
A light pink to a darker pink discharge has the potential to mean that you have a serious health problem and should seek medical attention. However, it's pretty standard if:
- You very recently had sex
- You're expecting your period within the next day or two
If neither of those applies, it's best to contact your doctor to eliminate the possibility that it's anything harmful.
If you have a clear discharge, this is incredibly normal and could mean a few different things:
Pay attention to your body to see which one it is congruent with.
Gray Colored Discharge
Fifty shades of gray? No, we don't mean the good kind. If your discharge is any shade of gray, it's very likely that you could have Bacterial Vaginosis- one of the most common vaginal infections in women. Don't panic, as we said, it's very common, and can be treated by your doctor quite easily. It can also be treated with a natural, over-the-counter Boric Acid suppository such as Boric Life by NutraBlast. Boric Life has been shown to help women treat their BV, yeast infections, and even help prevent them if they are prone to them.
When to See Your Doctor
Because the vagina is such a diverse environment and can change throughout the course the course of even one day, it's tough to know what's a red flag, and what's normal. If you have any of the above discharge and the following signs accompany it, it's time to see a doctor.
- burning sensation while you pee
- a strong, foul odor
- frothy texture
- thick, cottage cheese texture
- vaginal bleeding
- gray in color
- bleeding that’s unrelated to your period
The bottom line is that your vagina speaks its own language, and more often than not it's speaking to itself. However, certain signs and symptoms mean it's trying to get your attention because something serious is going on. Listen to your body as best as you can, so when something feels right, you can take action.