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Monika Hearne, M.D., Board Certified OB/GYN
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i have a blood-tinged, watery vaginal discharge accompanied

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i have a blood-tinged, watery vaginal discharge accompanied by a strange odor
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  Monika Hearne, M.D. replied 5 years ago.

Monika Hearne, M.D. :

Hello, I would be happy to assist you.

Monika Hearne, M.D. :

Would you characterize the odor as fishy or metallic?

Monika Hearne, M.D. :

When was your last pelvic exam/pap smear?

Customer:

not fishy

Customer:

2 yrs ago

Monika Hearne, M.D. :

When was your last period? Do you use tampons? Was your last pap smear normal?

Customer:

i am peri-meno

Customer:

yes, 2 years ago - it was normal

Monika Hearne, M.D. :

So your periods are irregular?

Customer:

they are pretty much over

Customer:

dr. hearne are you still there?

Monika Hearne, M.D. :

Well, your bloody discharge warrants an examination, pap smear, and ultrasound. Commonly, women who are perimenopausal develop fibroids or polyps that cause abnormal bleeding. Fibroids may also cause pelvic discomfort/pain and pain with intercourse. An ovarian cyst can also cause a bloody discharge, particularly ovarian cancer as well. Cancer is rare and I don't want to scare you. However, it is something we would want to rule out with the above tests and possibly an endometrial biopsy as well.

Customer:

it is watery

Monika Hearne, M.D. :

and blood tinged, right?

Customer:

yes

Customer:

not thick, not grey, not pussy - lol - i have been reading too much

Customer:

i had ovarian cysts - but they were very bloody - like my period

Monika Hearne, M.D. :

Then all of the above is true. However, if everything is normal. Most likely you have atrophic vaginitis, which is a change in the vaginal tissues that develops when estrogen levels are low. Your doctor will have to exclude other causes with the above tests and if normal can prescribe you estrogen cream to return your vagina to normal.

Monika Hearne, M.D. :

I wish you the best. If you have additional questions, please ask. If none, please click "Accept." Thank you.

Customer:

thank you

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