Characteristics of vaginal discharge

This article was endorsed by Rao Adeel - Doctor of Medicine from Hebei Medical University

What is vaginal discharge?

The vaginal discharge is exaggerated production of secretions from the vagina. It is different from the “normal” secretions that are produced as a consequence of sexual arousal or other hormonal (for example during ovulations) or neurological (in special states of anxiety or nervousness)

Sudden changes in the consistency, color, or odor of vaginal discharge indicate a possible problem with the vagina.

Most of the changes are caused by infections, many of them have to do with sexual intercourse and require adequate treatment of both the affected person and their partner who could also be infected.

How do you know what vaginal discharge is?

The main symptoms of vaginal discharge are:

  • Production of milky, thick and smelly flow Greenish secretions
  • Smelly secretions
  • Greyish or clear discharge
  • Painful urination, etc.

It should be noted that vaginal discharge itself is a symptom

Why does vaginal discharge originate?

The main causes of vaginal secretions are vaginal infections :

Among the causes that favor the increase of bacteria causing abnormal vaginal discharge we have:

  • The existence of an object in the vagina: For example, the prolonged use of tampons could favor the appearance of these flows.
  • Stress Stressful situations produce a decrease in defenses that favors the replacement of an adequate flora in the vagina by pathogenic microorganisms like some of those previously seen
  • Clothing : Very tight clothing can lead to the same problems.
  • Drugs , cleaning products or medications : Ingesting drugs or certain medications can cause changes in the vaginal flora. Likewise, a very aggressive or too persistent hygiene can lead to the same problems. It can occur with the use of antibiotics, chemical contraceptives,
  • Inadequate diet: Certain foods such as meat treated with hormones or the abuse of sugary foods can facilitate the alteration of the vaginal pH that favors the development of pathogenic microorganisms.

Diagnosis and treatment of vaginal discharge

In the presence of any of the symptoms that may suppose the existence of an abnormal flow, a visit to the gynecologist is required to diagnose the reasons for these symptoms.

This is especially necessary during pregnancy since the presence of microorganisms could influence the baby’s health and development.

The diagnosis of vaginal discharge is carried out with an examination of the patient and usually requires analysis of a culture on a sample of her vaginal discharge.

Conventional treatment is generally carried out with the use of antibiotics or fungicides

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Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

21 July, 2020

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