What is green vaginal discharge?

Some amount of vaginal discharge is normal among women; it is often clear or whitish with a minimal odor. If the discharge changes in color, odor or texture, it may be a sign of an infection, although some variation throughout the menstrual cycle is common. Infections may be accompanied by other symptoms, such as itching, burning, discomfort or spotting.

The most common cause of green vaginal discharge is a sexually transmitted infection known as trichomoniasis. The discharge often has a foul odor and is typically more yellowish-green than pure green. Intercourse and urination may cause discomfort, and the genital area may be itchy. Pelvic pain may also occur but is not common.

The vaginal discharge that may be associated with gonorrhea or Chlamydia is typically more yellow or cloudy. That of bacterial vaginosis is typically white with a foul odor. A foul-smelling, colored discharge can also occur when a foreign body, such as a retained tampon, is in the vagina.

Trichomoniasis can easily be diagnosed by sampling the discharge. Since it is transmitted sexually, tests for other infections, including gonorrhea and bacterial vaginosis, may be performed at the same time. Trichomoniasis, gonorrhea, and bacterial vaginosis are curable with appropriate antibiotic therapy. If a foreign body is present, it will need to be removed and antibiotics may be used to treat any potential infection.

Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if your green vaginal discharge is accompanied by a high fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit), severe abdominal or pelvic pain, change in mental status, confusion, severe nausea and vomiting, or a weak pulse.

Since conditions that cause green vaginal discharge are often treatable, and because they may be transmitted to others or result in serious complications, seek prompt medical care if you have such a discharge.

SYMPTOMS

What other symptoms might occur with green vaginal discharge?

Green vaginal discharge may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Conditions that cause green vaginal discharge can cause other genital symptoms and may affect other body systems.

Genital and reproductive tract symptoms that may occur along with green vaginal discharge

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CAUSES

What causes green vaginal discharge?

The most common cause of green vaginal discharge is a sexually transmitted infection known as trichomoniasis. This infection is caused by a parasite known as Trichomonas vaginalis, sometimes referred to as “trich.”

Other sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea or Chlamydia, can also cause vaginal discharge, but it tends to be more yellow or cloudy in appearance. The disch... Read more about green vaginal dischargecauses

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 2, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.