Genital Discharge — When Should You See A Doctor?

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In any instance of blood being present in urine, however frequent or infrequent, evaluation by a medical professional is highly recommended. Blood presence in urine can be an indicator of an array of ailments, including kidney stones, abnormality of the urinary tract, cancer, and more. If blood is present in sperm, patients can rest assured knowing this symptom is an indicator of a ruptured blood vessel, a benign ailment that will heal on its own.

Patients experiencing non-urinal penile discharge should immediately seek treatment from their primary care physician. Testing for sexually transmitted diseases and infections is highly recommended.

If a patient tests positive for, or has been exposed to a partner that has, gonorrhea or chlamydia, regardless of discharge or test results, the patient should be treated for both. Additionally, said patient should be tested for the full spread of STIs, STDs, and Hepatitis C.

Fortunately, the administering of a one–time injection and oral medication or two different antibiotics will cure and prevent the reoccurrence of gonorrhea and chlamydia, barring exposure to a partner that hasn’t been treated for such.

Vaginal Discharge

Genital discharge in women is a more complicated topic, as the vagina produces discharge naturally for a variety of purposes. The texture, appearance, and odor of said discharge can ultimately determine the need medical evaluation. If discharge looks similar to cottage cheese, pus, or is foul–smelling and thick, medical evaluation and treatment are recommended, as these attributes can be indicators for the presence of benign vaginal infections to noninfectious vaginal bacteria overgrowth, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and more.


If a painful vaginal sore is present, medical treatment is recommended, as this is a symptom of Herpes. If a non–painful sore is present, testing and treatment for syphilis, however rare, may be necessary.

If a patient experiences a change in vaginal discharge or menstrual flow, evaluation and testing by a medical professional via a pelvic exam, sample acquisition, and testing is highly recommended. Fortunately, most ailments are easy to treat and cure.

In the case of blood in the urine, it’s important to first ensure that the origin of the blood isn’t from a normal menstrual flow. If not, blood in the urinary tract can indicate the presence of kidney stones, bladder cancer, a polyp on the bladder, or a urinary tract infection. Evaluation by a doctor is recommended regardless of the source.

Blood Presence in Stools

Whether male or female, any instance of blood presence in stools should be evaluated by a doctor. While the occurrence could be a one–time–thing, the source can vary from a hemorrhoid, fissure in the anal area, to colon cancer. Regardless of age, the source of blood should be found through examination and testing, as the blood could be coming from an area further up in the digestive tract. The delay of proper diagnosis can significantly impact the ability to treat the source of the problem.

If you are suffering from any of the aforementioned symptoms, contact Colorado Primary Health Care today to set up an appointment to diagnose and treat your ailment.

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