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Vaginal discharge

Also known as Leukorrhea

Vaginal discharge is a term given to biological fluids contained within or expelled from the vagina. It can be of various colors, (whitish, yellowish or greenish)

Source: Wikipedia

What causes it?

The most common causes of vaginal discharge are vaginitis, benign vaginal discharge (leukorrhea), and urinary tract infection. Other possible causes, such as yeast infection, are more rare.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with vaginal discharge often receive urinalysis, pelvis exam, standard pregnancy test, chlamydia test, examination of breast, microscopic examination (bacterial smear; culture; toxicology), pap smear and ultrasonography .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with vaginal discharge include metronidazole, fluconazole (diflucan), metronidazole topical product, miconazole topical product, terconazole topical, clotrimazole topical, nonoxynol 9 topical, clindamycin topical product, ethinyl estradiol / norelgestromin, cefixime (suprax), tinidazole, boric acid topical and butoconazole topical .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for vaginal discharge include age 30-44 years, sex == female, race/ethnicity = black and age 15-29 years. On the other hand, sex == male and age < 1 years almost never get vaginal discharge.

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.1x
5-14 years
0.3x
15-29 years
2.8x
30-44 years
1.6x
45-59 years
0.5x
60-74 years
0.2x
75+ years
0.1x

Sex

Male
0.0x
Female
1.7x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
2.3x
Hispanic
1.2x
White
0.5x
Other
1.1x
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