Two thirds of women say they have no idea what the colour of their discharge means so GPs have drawn up a colour-match chart to help

IT'S an intimate subject that no woman particularly enjoys talking about – but ignoring changes in your vaginal discharge could put your health at risk.

From STIs to bacterial vaginosis, often the key to diagnosing gynaecological conditions is picking up on discharge changes.

But despite this, a new study by online doctor Zava has revealed that two thirds of women have no idea what the colour of their discharge means for their menstrual cycle or their overall health.

What's more, 62 per cent of women also admitted to paying "little to no attention" to the changes in their discharge throughout the month.

In order to combat this, GPs have now drawn up a chart using illustrations of flowers to help educate women about what the colour of their discharge really means.

Urging women to start taking note of any changes, the colours of the flowers in the chart help women tell the difference between normal and abnormal discharge.

While clear discharge is a sign of healthiness, the chart also uses yellow and green flowers to show how this can be a sign of STIs.

Meanwhile, grey discharge is commonly a symptom of bacterial vaginosis whereas red, pink or brown could indicate changes in the menstrual cycle.

However in extreme cases, red discharge – which is illustrated with a drawing of a tulip – can be a symptom of cervical infections or cancer.

In more health news, experts have warned that vagina sheet masks can cause infections.

And it's also been revealed that shaving down there means you're three times as likely to get an STI.

Plus holding in a fart means you might 'BREATHE it out your mouth' instead.

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