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Very often this type of discharge holds different meanings for different women. As such, it must be first compared to each woman's daily, unique and normal vaginal discharge, based on her history. For example, some women are more at risk for certain cancers, and sexually transmitted disease (STD's). Therefore, it is a bad idea to rely on the internet, your guesses or self-diagnosing. Rather, arrange to see your doctor immediately.

Common Causes

Possibilities for this condition include but are not limited to:

Best case scenarios

  • For many women, a thick pinkish mucus is very often the normal procedure of vaginal mucus combined with traces of blood before and/or after a period, irregular "in-between" bleeding, pregnancy, or side effects for some women if they are taking birth control pills, any/other hormones, including fertility drugs.
  • Pregnancy and/or (unfortunately) a miscarriage, and if in fact you are having a miscarriage, you obviously first need to determine pregnancy, so after your first missed period, do take a pregnancy test. If the test is positive, have this confirmed by your doctor.
  • Although this type of discharge is NOT typically associated with yeast infections, this still cannot be ruled out completely. If the discharge is mixed with a whitish, non-odorous, discharge with a slight or severe burning, itching, swelling, redness, or pain, (although the pink color is rare), this could very well be a yeast infection.
  • While it is "normal" for some women to have this discharge (some even bleed) during pregnancy; this could be from a miscarriage, in which case it is critical to see your doctor immediately!
  • Although most women can "safely" miscarry on their own, more than 50% of women will require a dilation and curettage (D&C) following a miscarriage. It is a surgical procedure mostly performed following a first trimester miscarriage. This facilitates the removal of the uterus' debris and contents from the pregnancy. The curettage is the actual vacuuming using a small vacuum-like instrument and/or the scraping of the uterine wall with an instrument known as a curette instrument.
  • Although more intense, much like a pap smear, some women will experience a very light, pinkish discharge for anywhere from a day to several weeks. So, if unfortunately you recently suffered a miscarriage and had related procedures; this could also explain your condition.

Worst Case Scenarios

Could be from torn or damaged walls, cervical or vaginal polyps, infections, STD's, and many other possibilities.

  • If you are worried sick this thick, heavy or light pinkish discharge is a sign of STD's - it probably isn't. Since typically, if STD's are involved, the color would range from a light to dark-greenish, with a fishy/foul odor.
  • Unless, as it is in most cases, the discharge is accompanied by burning, itching, difficulty urinating and at times even, and a whitish or cottage-cheesy, cotton-like texture or appearance.
  • Conditions such as bacterial vaginosis is possible, but typically is accompanied by a very distinct "foul" odor. Additionally, major redness of the vulva and itching and redness would be present. For the most part, most STDs do not present with the vaginal discharge described.

Bottom-line

Since it is impossible to say for certain why this is occurring, it is important to eliminate the possibilities, and get to the root cause(s). Overall, and in most cases, the pink coloring usually indicates a pregnancy or menstrual-related natural condition. However, this should be confirmed by your doctor, especially if you are experiencing this for the first time. The best and the safest course of action is to visit your doctor immediately and be thoroughly examined.

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