White Cottage Cheese Like Vaginal Discharge

Yeast Infections Cause Cottage Cheese Vaginal Discharge

If you see a vaginal discharge that looks like cottage cheese; chances are, you have a yeast infection. This symptom, is one of the best indicators, of a vaginal yeast infection.
If you see a vaginal discharge that looks like cottage cheese; chances are, you have a yeast infection. This symptom, is one of the best indicators, of a vaginal yeast infection.

Research has proven, a white cottage cheese discharge from the vagina, is a strong indicator of a yeast infection in that area. The studies we will look at, later in this article, will demonstrate this statement. There are, perhaps, no other etiological (causal) microorganisms that can produce a thick, white, curdy discharge that really looks a lot like cottage cheese; other than Candida. So, although it's horrible to have a yeast infection, the presence of this symptom is a great indicator your vaginitis is due to Candida. Many women with vaginitis find that they are unable to determine the cause; even medical professionals can sometimes have a very hard time pinning down the cause of vaginal problems. Thus, you can be pretty certain your problem is a yeast infection; and not something like an sexually transmitted disease (STD) or bacterial vaginosis.

Another key way, to help increase the accuracy of your diagnosis, is to see what other symptoms of a yeast infection you have. The more of the symptoms you can identify, that correspond to a Candida infection, the more chance you have of making a correct diagnosis. The various studies, that we discuss, also state other common symptoms that result due to yeast overgrowth. This may not be as good as a microbiological identification; but, it can be a strong step in the right direction! And, if you’ve suffered from a yeast infection in the past, you likely have a very good idea of what is happening down there. Many women have adequate knowledge of what this nasty yeast can do to them.

Feel free to check out the sources, listed in this article, for a more detailed understanding of yeast infections. Your local university or library may be able to provide you with access to restricted content; saving you the money you’d need to actually buy them!

Candida Discharge Research

This is an electron microscope picture of C. albicans, grown in the absence of any inhibitors. Candida cells are white in appearance.  Large colonies in the vagina, can create a cottage cheese like vaginal discharge.
This is an electron microscope picture of C. albicans, grown in the absence of any inhibitors. Candida cells are white in appearance. Large colonies in the vagina, can create a cottage cheese like vaginal discharge.

The Journal of Community Nursing [22.1 (2008): 20], stated that cottage cheese like vaginal discharge, was a key symptom of vaginal Candidiasis. The study stated that the vaginal discharge would not have an offensive odor. If you do have a strong “fishy” smell from the vagina, you likely have bacterial vaginosis. Other symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection included: an itchy or sore vagina, fissures of the skin (small cuts in the skin), vulvar swelling, and painful sexual intercourse. The study also related, that approximately 10 to 20% of women with Candidiasis of the vagina, would be asymptomatic. The researchers also stated, that symptoms of this health issue, can be precipitated by antibiotic drug use, wearing tight clothing that traps moisture, using vaginal douche products, and even the use of heavily perfumed soaps and bubble baths.

The British Journal of Nursing [19.16 (2010)], also discusses vaginal discharge associated with a yeast infection. According to the author, a curdy, cottage cheese like discharge can occur when the vagina has Candida overgrowth. Other symptoms of vaginal Candidiasis, include a itchiness in the vagina and an itchy vulva. The study also states, there can sometimes be soreness and burning in the vagina, that can migrate to the vulva; the result can be painful sexual intercourse. Increased redness of the vagina, vulva, and occasionally the cervix can occur; making these areas excessively red. The study also relates the well known statistic that up to about 75% of all women will get one yeast infection during the course of their lives.

The Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing [30.3 (2001): 306-315] also deliniates some of the common symptoms of vaginal yeast infections. One of the primary symptoms, is the appearance of white, clumpy, cottage cheese like vaginal discharge. This discharge is somewhat sticky; and, will stick to the mucous membranes. Thus, the discharge may not evacuate the vagina very readily. Other symptoms of vaginal Candidiasis, included in the report, were: an inflamed, reddened, possibly swollen vagina or vulva; vaginal itching or burning; painful urination; and excoriations (which are sores; for more information, check out this article: yeast infection sores).

Another journal paper, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association [291.11 (2004): 1368-1379], also discussed the correlation of vaginal discharge with Candidiasis of that area. According to the study, a thick, curdy, white discharge is very strongly predictive of a vaginal yeast infection. And, this description is exactly comparable to that of a white “cottage cheese” like discharge. The study also stated, an absence of an odor from this discharge, was indicative of Candida; whereas the presence of an odor was a strong indicator of bacterial vaginosis (for more information check out: yeast infection smell). The study also related, the presence of vaginal itching, also increases the chance vaginitis is due to Candida. And, redness of the vagina, also slightly indicates Candida is the culprit of the infection.

Even the lesions caused by yeast infections look somewhat like cottage cheese.
Even the lesions caused by yeast infections look somewhat like cottage cheese.

A journal publication, entitled Evaluating Vaginal Complaints, was published in Emergency Medicine News [30.1 (2008): 22-23]. The text states, that a sign of vaginal yeast infection, is a thick, curdy, white vaginal discharge that resembles cottage cheese. Other frequent symptoms of a vaginal yeast problem include: vulvar inflammation, vulvar or vaginal swelling, very red areas of skin, fissures (small tears in the skin), excoriations (sores; places where the skin has been eroded away), and an absence of foul vaginal odor. But, you should keep in mind, you can have a yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis at the same time; so, if there is an odor with cottage cheese discharge, it’s likely you have both maladies.

There are more journals that contain accounts of what types of vaginal discharge diseases can create. But, as demonstrated by the above research, there is a clear consensus that Candida can create a discharge like cottage cheese.

If you’ve had a yeast infection in the past, you are probably more able to recognize the symptoms of such an infection. The presence of so much material, that it oozes out of the vagina like cottage cheese, suggests you have a lot of Candida in the vagina. You may wish to clear it out via douching with diluted apple cider vinegar. Make sure not to use more than very diluted concentration of vinegar; as it won’t take much vinegar to kill Candida. Using a strong concentration of apple cider vinegar can cause irritation or chemical burns to occur—make sure you use this remedy safely!

You can then apply some natural treatments to clear up your problem. There are a lot of remedies using essential oils, herbs, and other items on Candida Hub. If you have some time, you may want to check them out!

A study, also confirming vaginal Candidiasis can bring about a cottage cheese discharge, was published in Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics [Volume 287 (2) - Sep 27, 2012]. The study is very informative regarding discharge; and, included a large population of participants. The study not only dealt with vaginal Candidiasis, but also looked at two other common vaginal problems: bacterial vaginosis (BV) and Trichomoniasis. This research utilized 657 consecutive outpatients with vaginal symptoms. The women were all of reproductive age, and were not pregnant or lactating.

Samples of the vaginal discharge were analyzed from the women participating in the study. The women who underwent examination, were asked about their vaginal discharge. An increase in vaginal discharge, and the characteristics of this discharge (consistency and color), were inquired about. The women were also asked if they had foul vaginal odor, itching of the genitals, or had pain during sexual intercourse.

The results of the study showed that, of the 657 women, 246 (37%) had a vaginal yeast infection. Concerning other infections, 350 (53%) women had BV; and, 53 (8%) women had trichomoniasis. These statistics are also valuable for self diagnosis; as you can see the likelihood of having each infection. And, if you have not had any questionable sexual partners, you can probably rule out the STD trichomoniasis as the cause of unusual discharge.

Concerning the types of discharge these women had, a typical cottage cheese like discharge was seen in women who had only a vaginal yeast infection. Those women with only BV, had a homogeneous grey vaginal discharge. Women who had only trichomoniasis, usually these women had a green-yellow or yellow, foam-like, thin, purulent (consisting of pus or having pus) discharge. For women who had a yeast infection and another type of vaginal infection, their discharge varied in color; but, was still cottage cheese like in consistency. The discharge was noted by the study as a cottage cheese like, yellow or green-yellow; and, there were 10 women who had a yeast infection and another infection simultaneously.

The study also stated that most women with vaginal symptoms have an increased amount of vaginal discharge. Fortunately, for the purpose of accurate self diagnosis, a cottage cheese like discharge is strongly predictive of a vaginal yeast infection.

Differential Diagnosis

As iterated, a caseous (cheesy) discharge indicates vaginal Candidiasis; however, what if you have other symptoms like a foul vaginal odor? Again, this can mean you have BV as well. BV is caused by dysbiosis (an imbalance of bacterial life; i.e., too many pathogenic bacteria and not enough good bacteria) in the vagina. BV is the most common of all vaginal infections; so, don’t feel you are unique; more women develop BV than any other vaginal problem. BV can even cause the vagina to smell like cheese; although, typically BV causes a fishy smelling odor. In tandem with a caseous discharge, a concomitant problem, such as this, can be very upsetting. The good news is, BV is easy to cure with natural medicine; and, you can keep it away without it recurring, via natural medicine. And, of course, yeast infections are also ameliorated, via natural medicine, as BV infections are.

Some additional help, to acquire for self diagnosing, was given by a study published in the American Family Physician [83.7 (2011): 807-815] journal. First, a quote is presented from the researchers, that describes BV; and, this infection’s prevalence. Following the quote, is a helpful chart that details different vaginal infections (the causes, symptoms and signs of such maladies). By analyzing the chart, you may be able to better understand what exactly is wrong with your personal area.

Bacterial vaginosis is the most prevalent cause of vaginal discharge or malodor, occurring in up to 30 percent of women.26 It occurs when the normal Lactobacillus species in the vagina are replaced with anaerobic bacteria, resulting in reduced levels of hydrogen peroxide and organic acids usually present in the vagina.

The underlying cause of bacterial vaginosis is not fully understood. More than 50 percent of women with bacterial vaginosis are asymptomatic. The fishy odor caused by production of amines from anaerobic bacteria found in many of these patients is predictive of bacterial vaginosis.2 When vaginal alkalinity increases after sexual intercourse (with the presence of semen) and during menses (with the presence of blood), the odor becomes more prevalent.27 Vaginal discharge is a more common but less specific symptom. Bacterial vaginosis is not associated with vaginal mucosal inflammation and rarely causes vulvar itch.27

American Family Physician [83.7 (2011): 807-815]
This chart illustrates causes, signs, and symptoms of highly common vaginal infections. Note that vulvovaginal Candidiasis is a fancy term for vaginal yeast infections; and, that pruritis is a term that means itchiness.
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This chart illustrates causes, signs, and symptoms of highly common vaginal infections. Note that vulvovaginal Candidiasis is a fancy term for vaginal yeast infections; and, that pruritis is a term that means itchiness.


Other symptoms of Candida, such as the Candidal skin rash (intertrigo) in this picture, may occur along with a cottage cheese discharge. Although painful, such symptoms can help you diagnose your problem.
Other symptoms of Candida, such as the Candidal skin rash (intertrigo) in this picture, may occur along with a cottage cheese discharge. Although painful, such symptoms can help you diagnose your problem.

There are, perhaps, no other vaginal infections that will produce an abundance of white, cottage cheese like vaginal discharge. If you have this symptom, it is almost certain that the cause of such a problem is a yeast infection. The yeast in the vagina, will devour sugars in the blood and tissue of that area, and use it to procreate. The result of this reproduction, is a vast amount of white Candida cells. Candida albicans, the species of Candida that causes about 80% of all yeast infections (Fidel, et al.; 1999), also grows hyphae (which are long germ tube tendrils). These hyphae probably cause the cells to “clump” together; and, form what resembles the curds of cottage cheese. Candida cells, when enough are present, will appear white. Thus, there is probably only one cause for having a vagina discharging cottage cheese like material: Candida overgrowth. All the studies cited in this article, and perhaps many more besides these, list a cottage cheese like discharge as an indicator of a yeast infection. It is safe to assume, from logic and scientific research, that such discharge is due to a severe yeast infection.

Natural, 12 Hour Yeast Infection Cure

12 Hour Yeast Infection Cure by Sarah Summer

A person who was one of the unlucky women that experience repeated, life ruining yeast infections was Sarah Summer. Sarah found that after she would get a yeast infection cleared up it wouldn’t take long before Candida crept back and caused yet another yeast infection. This problem was making Sarah miserable; interrupting her sex life and costing more and more time and money. This cycle of infection and treatment went on for some time, until Sarah developed a very severe yeast infection.

Sarah quickly went to her medical doctor to get any answers she could. After Sarah’s doctor examined her, she was told that the yeast in her vagina had developed into an entrenched mould. Apparently the hyphae Candida can grow had developed long tendrils into her vaginal tissue—locking itself in place. The physician told her that not only was this infection difficult to treat—it was impossible to cure. Confronted with a situation that might never resolve itself, Sarah decided to get involved personally and see if there was some solution her doctor was unaware of.

Together with her husband Robert, Sarah began to investigate natural medicine for Candida; and, she sought to see what the root causes of Candidiasis were. Sarah said during this time she practically “lived” in a medical library. It wasn’t long before Sarah had a deep understanding of the predisposing factors for her condition and knowledge of natural therapies to correct these issues.

After trying many different approaches, in time Sarah developed a powerful new solution to eliminate yeast infections. When Sarah implemented her new natural treatment, she found she was rapidly cured of the supposedly “incurable” vaginal yeast infection she had. And, as the days went on, the recurrence, that she was so used to, stopped as well. Finally, Sarah made one of the fastest, safests, natural treatments that eradicated this plague on her life.

Sarah soon wrote a book detailing exactly how to implement her treatment and get free from Candida. Sarah found, when she gave the book to others, they would report back that their yeast infections were cleared up in 12 hours. Sarah now guarantees her treatment will get rid of a yeast infection in just 12 hours.

Sarah’s book is published by a prominent digital retailer, owned by the U.S. based firm Keynetics Incorporated. Sarah’s book can be downloaded instantly and you can start using her methods right away—although you may need to make a trip to the grocery store. Sarah also knows the frustration of buying a treatment that ends up not working; so, she offers an 8 week, 100% money back guarantee on her book. If you don’t like it for any reason, you can get all your money back with ease.

For more information about Sarah’s personal story with Candida trouble, or to see the stories of others who tried out Sarah’s book, you can find this and more information at Sarah Summer’s website.


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