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Dr. Ricardo Estape
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Is it normal to have a clear discharge with no foul odor from my vagina when I have a bowel movement

Yes, but....: There is a normal mucous discharge that develops in the vagina that can sometimes be pushed out after a bm. However, if this is happening after a vaginal delivery or due to certain medical conditions, like crohn's disease, it might be the sign of an early fistula. You should see your gynecologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Warren Strudwick
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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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What causes a clear fluid to discharge from rectum when having a bowel movement?

What causes a clear fluid to discharge from rectum when having a bowel movement?

Mucus: Clear fluid usually is mucus and if you have it all the time it needs to be investigated by your doctor as it may be infectious colitis or inflammatory bowel disease like ulcerative colitis or crohns disease.You need evaluation and may be colonoscopy by a gasteroenterologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Warren Strudwick
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Dr. Donald Alves
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
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I sometimes have clear penile discharge when straining during a bowel movement, is this normal?

I sometimes have clear penile discharge when straining during a bowel movement, is this normal?

Clear OK: It is likely from the bm pushing against your prostate on its way out and is normal. If changes color / volume / odor or becomes painful, then be concerned. ...Read more

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Dr. Julie Abbott
Board Certified, Preventive Medicine
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Clear anal mucus discharge 2X a week, with or without a bowel movement . No pain. Had a normal colonoscopy 2 years ago. Any suggestions?

Clear anal mucus discharge 2X a week, with or without a bowel movement . No pain. Had a normal colonoscopy  2 years ago. Any suggestions?

Many causes: This is generally due to normal mucous production which is abnormally expressed (poor sphincter tone, anal blockage) vs abnormal mucous production due to infection or inflammation. Intermittent nature (2X a week) is reassuring. Presume no blood. Would probably at least do flexible sigmoidoscopy even though colonoscopy only 2 years ago. See your provider when able. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Sometimes i noticed some clear/white discharge in toilet after a bowel movement... Definitely coming from vagina. Breastfeeding. It plops out. Cause?

Sometimes i noticed some clear/white discharge in toilet after a bowel movement... Definitely coming from vagina. Breastfeeding. It plops out. Cause?

Infection & hormones: Some vaginal discharge can be normal. As you go through the month your hormones cause changes in the discharge. In some cases though discharge can be a sign of infection. Causes incluse yeast, bacterial vaginosis, and stds. There are tests that can be done in the office to determine if this is normal or not. If you are not sexually active and there is no odor or itching then you are likely normal. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Clear, foamy discharge from rectum in toddler an hour after large bowel movement. Mild temp. Minor pain, history of constipation, hemmorhoid. Cause?

Clear, foamy discharge from rectum in toddler an hour after large bowel movement.  Mild temp.  Minor pain, history of constipation, hemmorhoid. Cause?

Paradoxical diarrhea: The foamy discharge may be liquid stool that leaked around the hard, constipated stool. This is known as paradoxical diarrhea. An enema or MiraLAX can clear the condition up. ...Read more

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Dr. John Munshower
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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I'm a alcoholic and i don't take care of my health ...I can't control my bowel movements any more and I have discharge white clear and green in it?

I'm a alcoholic and i don't take care of my health ...I can't control my bowel movements any more and I have discharge white clear and green in it?

Need help: It is time for you to start taking care of yourself. The alcoholism can affect your liver and that may cause bowel issues to start as well, with the types of discharge you are having. Get treated as alcoholism is a serious condition that needs aggressive treatment, but the first step starts with you. God bless, best wishes. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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25w4d pregnant normal discharge sometimes mixed with clear mucus. Usually happen during bowel movements (not straining). Could this be the mucus plug?

25w4d pregnant normal discharge sometimes mixed with clear mucus. Usually happen during bowel movements (not straining). Could this be the mucus plug?

Get checked: If you are concerned that you are passing your mucous plug or that your discharge may not be normal then please get checked by your obgyn. ...Read more

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
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Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more


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Drainage (Definition)

Fluid coming out of an open area or wound. This can be infected ...Read more


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