Wednesday, 26 June 2013

VAGINAL DISCHARGE .................... IS IT NORMAL?

VAGINAL DISCHARGE serves an important housekeeping function in the female reproductive system Fluid made by glands inside the vagina and cervix carries away dead cells and bacteria. This keeps the vagina clean and helps prevent infection.
Most of the time, vaginal discharge is perfectly normal. The amount can vary, as can odor and hue (its color can range from clear to a milky white-ish), depending on the time in your menstrual cycle. For example, there will be more discharge if you are ovulating, breastfeeding, or are sexually aroused. The smell may be different if you are pregnant or you haven't been diligent about your personal hygiene.
None of those changes is cause for alarm. However, if the color, smell, or consistency seems significantly unusual, especially if it accompanied by vaginal itching or burning, you could be noticing an infection or other condition.


What causes abnormal discharge?

Any change in the vagina's balance of normal bacteria can affect the smell, color, or discharge texture. These are a few of the things that can upset that balance:
  • Antibiotic or steroid use
  • Bacterial vaginosis, a bacterial infection more common in pregnant women or women who have multiple sexual partners
  • Birth control pills
  • Cervical cancer
  •  Chlamydia or gonorrhea (STDs), sexually transmitted infections
  • Diabetes
  • Douches, scented soaps or lotions, bubble bath
  • Pelvic infection after surgery
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Trichomoniasis, a parasitic infection typically contracted and caused by having unprotected sex
  • Vaginal atrophy, the thinning and drying out of the vaginal walls during menopause
  • Vaginitis, irritation in or around the vagina
  • Yeast infection
See the chart below to learn more about what a particular type of discharge might mean.


Types of Abnormal Discharge and Their Possible Causes

Type of Discharge What It Might Mean Other Symptoms
Bloody or brown Irregular menstrual cycles, or less often, cervical or endometrial cancer Abnormal vaginal bleeding, pelvic pain
Cloudy or yellow Gonorrhea Bleeding between periods, urinary incontinence
Frothy, yellow or greenish with a bad smell Trichomoniasis Pain and itching while urinating
Pink Shedding of the uterine lining after childbirth (lochia)
Thick, white, cheesy Yeast infection Swelling and pain around the vulva, itching, painful sexual intercourse
White, gray, or yellow with fishy odor Bacterial vaginosis Itching or burning, redness and swelling of the vagina or vulva
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4 comments:

  1. About 4 days ago I started having a bunch of strange symptoms, fatigue, lightheadedness, bad breath, sensitive gums, sore in the corner of my mouth, gas, lots of hunger, different vaginal discharge which is a lot, white, and has a strong odor, and also depression. Are these all related? The one that worries me most is the vaginal discharge.lukol

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  2. That's leukorrhea ....... But go for medical test to know the actual cause before any medication. it can be caused by STD , malignacy or hormonal imbalance..... GO FOR TEST.

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  3. Pls i need ur help,water have been coming out from my breast am scared cos am nt breast feeding a child.is it infection or what?

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  4. I am pregrant with
    Lime greenish discharge

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