Green Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy: Is it Dangerous?
The green vaginal flow during pregnancy differs from the habitual whitish flow that precedes menstruation or leucorrhoea mainly due to the unpleasant odor that accompanies it, besides its greenish tone. The main cause of this change in vaginal discharge is usually related to the presence of a bacterial infection. It is prudent, therefore, to be informed and to know immediately to recognize the characteristics of this symptom.
Loss of flow during pregnancy can vary, just as it does during the menstrual cycle. In most cases, these are normal and, therefore, we should not worry excessively. During the gestation period, the flow has a whitish color, and may have a little odor, although in no unpleasant event. It also does not produce heartburn or burning sensation. This flow is very similar to the one that appears in some cases before the menstrual period, being able to be more abundant (what in medical terms denominates leucorrea).
If the vaginal losses increase in intensity a salvaslip can be used during these days, but during pregnancy what you must not do is to use tampons, since it could be a risk factor of infection. Likewise, it is advisable to wear cotton underwear and maintain good habits of intimate hygiene. Hygiene should not be turn into an obsession, because if we overdo the genital area too often we eliminate part of the protective flora that naturally protects the vulva, increasing the risk of bacterial vaginosis. Two showers a day (morning and before going to sleep) is enough.
Green vaginal discharge: How to recognize it
The color change of the flow is usually indicative of some type of infection, especially when accompanied by an unpleasant smell.
When the flow takes on a yellow to greenish tone, and at the same time becomes thicker, it gives off a bad odor and produces, among other symptoms, itching, burning and redness of the area, we are faced with a vaginitis, one of the most common infections.
Green discharge by vaginitis in pregnancy
In these cases, especially if you are pregnant, it is necessary to go to the doctor, to confirm or to discard the type of infection and to apply the most appropriate treatment. It is very important to treat them, since certain types of infections can be transmitted to the newborn during the delivery. In these cases, the doctor usually prescribes gels, suppositories, vaginal creams or ointments. Vaginitis may also be recurrent, as it may occasionally appear after delivery. It may also be necessary, in case of bacterial vaginosis, to apply an oral treatment urgently.
Green discharge out of pregnancy
When the flow is indicative of an STD (sexually transmitted disease) it is advisable to avoid intimate relationships until symptoms disappear, as well as to avoid the use of condoms. As in other cases, you should follow the basic tips on intimate hygiene as well as avoid wearing too tight garments.
The most important thing is that we should not underestimate the signals that our body sends us through the vaginal discharge, especially in a stage where there are as many changes occur as it is pregnancy.