What Causes Pink Discharge and How Is It Treated

What causes pink discharge?

Pink discharge is caused by a number of factors. Some of them are:

1) Blood loss from the body during menstruation or other times when there is high blood pressure (hypertension).

2) Pregnancy.

3) Infection.

4) Stress.

5) Excessive sweating due to heat or cold conditions.

6) Heat stroke.

7) Toxic substances like alcohol, drugs, pesticides or heavy metals.

Blood Loss During Menstruation and Other Times When There Is High Blood Pressure (Hypertension):

In some cases, the blood loss may be excessive during menstruation because of high blood pressure. This condition is called hypertensive crisis. Hypertension is a medical condition where the blood pressure becomes too high.

This condition occurs mainly in older women. It results in severe problems such as heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and death.


If you have been pregnant, your body will produce hormones which cause the uterus to contract and expel the baby through birth canal. If you are having a normal pregnancy, it does not mean that your blood pressure is going to rise at all levels because of this situation.

During this process, the amniotic fluid within your womb is also going to increase due to the hormones which are causing this.

When a woman’s amniotic fluid increases during pregnancy, the color of the mucus discharge from the genitals will change. Some women notice a more slippery feeling when they urinate. Pregnancy is another cause of a pinkish or reddish color of your discharge.


An infection in your genital area can also trigger a change in the color of your mucus discharge. In most cases, an infection will appear as a thick white or yellow discharge. The area around your genitals will also become red and painful to the touch.

If this is the cause of your discharge, you may also suffer from other symptoms such as a headache, fever or nausea.

When Should I Be Concerned About Pink Discharge?

You should seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following signs:

1) Your discharge has a foul odor.

2) The color of your discharge is bright red.

3) The appearance of small clots in your discharge.

4) You are suffering from pain while urinating or during bowel movements.

5) You have chills or a fever along with other signs like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

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