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i have not had this before. i have yellow discharge and it smells a little. i do not know why. and i keep getting cramps off and on. also my back hurts a little.
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replied May 30th, 2009
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Found this in the Cleveland Clinic site....Hope it helps some..

Vaginal Discharge Overview

What is vaginal discharge?
Vaginal discharge is a clear or whitish fluid that comes out of the vagina. The uterus, cervix, or vagina can produce the fluid.

Is vaginal discharge normal?
Yes. Most women have vaginal discharge but not all discharge is normal. The amount of discharge is different for each woman. Some women have a little discharge now and then. Others have discharge every day. Your "normal" discharge might change many times throughout your life.

Should I douche to get rid of vaginal discharge?
No. Douches should not be used to get rid of vaginal discharge. Douching can upset the natural balance of organisms in your body. Douching can also lead to infection.

Normal vaginal discharge should not be thought of as unclean or unhealthy. It is a normal way for your body to discard fluid and old cells.

If my discharge changes, do I have an infection?
Maybe. Your discharge might change color, become heavier, or smell different. You might notice irritation around the opening of the vagina. You might also notice changes before or after your period. Changes in vaginal discharge might or might not be a sign that you have a vaginal infection.

When is vaginal discharge a sign of an infection?
Your vaginal discharge might be the sign of an infection if it:

Causes itching
Causes swelling
Has a bad odor
Is green, yellow, or gray in color
Looks foamy or like cottage cheese
What infections cause vaginal discharge to change?
There are a number of infections that cause vaginal discharge to change or become unpleasant. Many of these infections can be caused by having sex with someone who has the infection. This graph describes a number of common vaginal infections:

Name of infection Is caused by having sex with an infected person? What does discharge look like? How is the infection treated?

Yeast Infection No Thick, white, like cottage cheese Vaginal creams or pills
Trichomoniasis ("Trick") Yes Green, yellow, or gray in color; frothy Pills ordered by your doctor
Bacterial vaginosis (Gardnerella or BV) Probably not White discharge that smells fishy Pills or vaginal cream ordered by your doctor
Gonorrhea (Clap) Yes Cloudy or yellow, but often no symptoms Pills or shots ordered by your doctor
Chlamydia (Kla-mid-ee-ah) Yes Often no symptoms Pills ordered by your doctor

Can a woman have more than one infection at once?
Yes. A woman may have two or three types of infection at the same time.

Why do women get vaginal infections?
Health care providers do not yet know all of the reasons why women get vaginal infections. They do know that some types are spread by having sex with an infected person. You might have a higher risk of getting infections if you:

Have sex without protection (trichomoniasis, gonorrhea, chlamydia)
Have diabetes (yeast)
Have many sex partners (trichomoniasis, gonorrhea, chlamydia)
Take birth control pills (yeast)
Are taking antibiotic medicine (yeast)
Have an HIV infection (yeast)
When should I see my health care provider?
You should see your health care provider if:

Your vaginal discharge changes color, becomes heavier, or smells different.
You notice itching, burning, swelling, or soreness around the vagina.
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it's a possibility that you have B/V or trich. i could be wrong i'm not a doctor. i would see a doctor a.s.a.p, if you dont have a doctor find a free clinic, or family planning place or even the emergency if you dont have insurance.
if you do have an STD and not get it treated it can mess with your reproductive organs.
it's a possibility it may not be nothing at all. but it's good to be safe.
are you sexually active? do you use condoms?
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