Low back pain is common. It can range from aching to stabbing, and tingling to sharp. It can be a short-term or long-term symptom. All women experience vaginal discharge, but the amount and type of discharge can vary. Normal discharge is usually clear or... Read more
Low back pain is common. It can range from aching to stabbing, and tingling to sharp. It can be a short-term or long-term symptom.
All women experience vaginal discharge, but the amount and type of discharge can vary. Normal discharge is usually clear or cloudy white. It may also appear yellow when it dries on clothing. You may experience changes in your discharge due to menstruation or hormonal birth control.
What causes low back pain and vaginal discharge?
White or yellow vaginal discharge and back pain are common during pregnancy.
Vaginal discharge and low back pain can also indicate several different medical conditions that range from mild to severe. The following are examples of conditions that can cause both symptoms:
- A urinary tract infection causes burning when you urinate, as well as stomach and back pain.
- Vaginitis due to bacterial and vaginal yeast infections may cause a white or yellow discharge and back pain.
- Pelvic inflammatory disease can occur when you have a sexually transmitted disease that travels to your reproductive organs, causing an infection.
- An ectopic pregnancy causes occurs when a fertilized egg can’t properly travel to the uterus and implant.
- Cervical cancer is a rare cause of low back pain and vaginal discharge that causes cancerous cells to grow in the cervix.
When to see your doctor
Low back pain and vaginal discharge rarely constitute an emergency concern, but they can signal the need to make an appointment with your doctor. Seek medical attention if you’re pregnant and your vaginal discharge is greenish-yellow, very thick, or watery because these symptoms can indicate an infection.
You should also see your doctor if you have:
- a green, yellow, or white vaginal discharge
- vaginal itching
- vaginal burning
- vaginal irritation
- a thick or cottage cheese-like vaginal discharge
- vaginal bleeding or spotting that’s not due to your menstrual period
- a vaginal discharge that has a strong or foul odor
Seek medical attention if your symptoms don’t get better after one week. This information is a summary. Always seek medical attention if you’re concerned that you may be experiencing a medical emergency.
How are low back pain and vaginal discharge treated?
Your doctor may prescribe an antifungal treatment if your low back pain and vaginal discharge are due to a yeast infection. These treatments can include pills, vaginal creams, and vaginal suppositories. Your doctor may prescribe a medication called Flagyl if you have a bacterial infection known as bacterial vaginosis. This medication comes in a pill form or a topical cream. Read the directions carefully when you take this medication. You shouldn’t drink alcohol for 48 hours after treatment to prevent side effects.
Always take your full course of medication to ensure that the infection is gone.
How do I care for low back pain and vaginal discharge at home?
Apply a cool washcloth or cloth-covered ice pack to your vulva for 10 minutes at a time if you experience vaginal discomfort, irritation, or swelling. You should also refrain from engaging in sexual intercourse during this time to avoid further irritation.
You can purchase an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen to treat your back pain. Topical antifungal creams that can reduce yeast infection symptoms are also available over the counter.
Preventing low back pain and vaginal discharge
It isn’t always possible to prevent these symptoms. However, you can take these steps to prevent low back pain and vaginal discharge due to infection:
- Always wipe from front to back after using the restroom.
- Don’t use perfumed body products such as douches or deodorant tampons.
- Drink plenty of fluids and eat a healthy diet.
- Wear clean, cotton underwear.
- Always use protection when having sexual intercourse.