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What infections cause vaginal discharge?

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Yeast infections are fairly common. They tend to cause a white discharge that looks like cottage-cheese and a lot of itching and redness, but no odor.

Another common infection, called bacterial vaginosis, causes a greenish or yellowish discharge. It smells fishy, especially after sex.

If you have itching, burning, or unusual discharge for more than a week, you should see a doctor.

SOURCES:

Jennifer Ashton, MD, ob-gyn and author of Avery Trade, 2009. The Body Scoop for Girls,

Lissa Rankin, MD, ob-gyn and author of St. Martin's Griffin, 2010. What's Up Down There? Questions You'd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend,

KidsHealth.org.

Planned Parenthood.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 16, 2019

SOURCES:

Jennifer Ashton, MD, ob-gyn and author of Avery Trade, 2009. The Body Scoop for Girls,

Lissa Rankin, MD, ob-gyn and author of St. Martin's Griffin, 2010. What's Up Down There? Questions You'd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend,

KidsHealth.org.

Planned Parenthood.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 16, 2019

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