non-infectious causes

Last reviewed 07/2021

A non-infective vaginal discharge may occur secondary to:

  • physiological vaginal discharge
  • atrophic change:
    • prepubertal
    • postmenopausal
  • a foreign body:
    • any small object in a child
    • forgotten tampon in an adult; also more bizarre objects
    • forgotten ring pessary in a post-menopausal women
  • chemical irritation
  • excretions:
    • urine from a vesicovaginal fistula
    • faeces from a rectovaginal fistula
  • serosanguinous discharge:
    • from carcinoma in the vagina, cervix, endometrium or rarely, the fallopian tubes
    • from a necrotic polyp - fibroid or cervical polyp