When should I see my healthcare provider about vaginal discharge issues?

You should see your healthcare provider if:

  • Your vaginal discharge changes color, becomes heavier, or smells different.
  • You notice itching, burning, swelling, or soreness around the vagina.
  • You develop pelvic pain.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 08/30/2019.


  • American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Vaginitis. Accessed 9/17/2019.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Population Affairs. Vaginal Discharge. Accessed 9/17/2019.
  • Bishop G. Clinical Methods: The History, Physical, and Laboratory Examinations. Chapter 172, Vaginal Discharge. Accessed 9/17/2019.

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