This may be:
- Physiological – normal
- Result from infection
- Result from vaginal atrophy, which can occur during the menopause transition
Most women have some vaginal discharge (normal)
Abnormal vaginal discharge may have a specific colour or smell. It may be associated with irritation. A change in discharge does not mean that you have a sexually transmitted infection, but these are easily excluded by swabs (for chlamydia and gonorrhoea) and also blood tests (for syphilis and HIV).