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Yellow-green discharge: causes and treatments

by Alivia Nyhan
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Yellow-green discharge

In a natural and normal way, flow is continuously produced at the level of the female genital tract, made by the glands found in the cervix. Due to its small quantity, this flow or discharge is not evidenced most of the time. It should be clear, transparent, whitish, odorless, and should not cause any symptoms in the woman when it is. This flow protects against bacterial infections and contributes to eliminating dead cervical and vaginal cells.

However, on particular occasions, the presence of discharge that does not have these characteristics can be evidenced, presenting some distinctive odor or causing itching, irritation, or some other symptom, which leads us to think that something abnormal may be happening. This is the case when a greenish-yellow discharge occurs, which can signify the presence of several specific diseases or be the first symptom through which they appear. The release can occur with or without odor and even during pregnancy.

In this FastlyHealarticle, we will explain the causes of yellow-green discharge and the possible treatments to apply.

Greenish-yellow discharge without odor: causes

Desquamative inflammatory vaginitis

It is a rare cause of yellow-green discharge in post-menopausal women.

It is attributed to a lack of adequate estrogen levels and is also characterized by making sexual intercourse very painful.

Inappropriate use of soaps and douches

The inappropriate use of soaps, douches, or sprays can cause alteration of the normal vaginal bacterial flora and its pH.

The result can be the production of an odorless greenish-yellow discharge.

Cervical cancer

The presence of an odorless greenish-yellow discharge could manifest cervical cancer. Although the most frequent in this type of cancer is the stained blood flow, this variant must be considered.

Of course, there would be other associated symptoms: unexplained weight or appetite loss, lower back pain, fatigue, pain when having sex, among others. The following article explains the causes, symptoms, and treatment of cervical cancer.

Greenish-yellow discharge with odor: causes

Chlamydial infection

Chlamydia is a bacterium that is transmitted sexually. Usually, this infection does not cause symptoms in women.

If produced, one of them will be the foul and abundant greenish-yellow discharge accompanied by pain when urinating and having sexual intercourse, pain in the lower abdomen, and may even present a fever. You can continue to learn more in the article Chlamydia in women: symptoms and treatment.

Gonorrhea infection

The Neisseria gonorrhoeae is a bacteria that is also transmitted sexually. However, women generally do not produce symptoms of this infection.

In those cases where symptoms occur, one of them is the greenish-yellow discharge with a smell and painful sexual activity, itching in the vulva, blood staining between periods, and fever.

Vaginosis bacteria

For the most part, they are produced after using vaginal douches.

The lactobacilli are bacteria that guarantee the maintenance of a vaginal pH acid, which protects against bacterial growth that would be harmful to themselves at that level. The sweep produced by these showers would allow the development of pathogenic bacteria that could cause a yellow-green discharge with a fishy odor.

The following article explains bacterial vaginosis’s symptoms, causes, and treatment.


Trichomonas vaginalis is a protozoan sexually transmitted, and you may determine the onset of flow greenish-yellow. Typically, most infected women will have no symptoms.

Characteristically associated with this infection is a foamy greenish-yellow discharge, itching at the level of the vulva, and the characteristic foul odor defined as “rotten fish smell.” Also, there may be painful urination and abdominal pain.


Yellow-green discharge in pregnancy

The causes of yellow-green discharge in pregnancy are no different than those discussed above, in the absence of it.

As a result of the hormonal changes that pregnancy entails, the pregnant woman has a particular predisposition to develop vaginal infections more quickly, so she should pay special attention to any variation that she appreciates in her normal flow.

Bacterial vaginosis and, especially, yeast infections are very common during pregnancy.

Greenish-yellow discharge treatment

There is a specific treatment for each of the causes that can produce yellow-green discharge, with or without pregnancy.

The doctor should perform a smear in all cases, and the flow will be analyzed to determine the specific cause. Based on this, the appropriate treatment for each case will be indicated.

There are no unitary measures to broadly treat the different causes with a single treatment, and there are no effective home treatments to combat the reasons already discussed.

In all cases, pharmacological treatment must be followed, so the visit to the doctor in case of presenting yellow-green discharge, with or without odor, is mandatory and must occur as soon as the woman evidences its presence.

This article is merely informative. At FastlyHeal .com, we do not have the power to prescribe medical treatments or make any diagnosis. We invite you to see a doctor in the case of presenting any condition or discomfort.

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