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May 04, 2021

Have you ever heard of leucorrhoea also called white discharge? You certainly have some that come out at times, but you don't really know much about them. Know that there are two ways to have them: physiologically or infectiously. Today many women do not yet know what it is, their causes, their origins and especially how to treat them.

White discharge: what is it?

The White discharge are represented by discharge which appears at the level of the vulva and which stains the underwear. These leucorrhoea are due to the exaggeration of the normal genital secretion. Also note that the losses can be mucus, stringy, foamy, translucent or even white.

When you notice that your losses are smelly, yellowish, greenish, and that they are accompanied by burning and pain so know that this is the time to consult because it will mean that it is most likely an infection or a gynecological problem. If it is an infection then the doctor should look for the germ that is at the root of the problem and prescribe the appropriate treatment.

Causes of normal leucorrhoea

You should know that leucorrhoea is vaginal discharge that is often associated with the secretion of ovulatory mucus. Vaginal discharge is a normal and regular secretions. These losses cleanse the vagina and protect it against bacteria by helping it evacuate dead cells, sweat and germs that may develop.

When estrogen levels are high, a woman's cervix is stimulated and this produces several secretions. Some of this secretion comes from the vagina and this is what causes white discharge in women. Depending on the menstrual cycle, the volume, appearance and thickness of the white discharge vary. White discharge often appears 48 hours before ovulation occurs, but again it is quite fluid. When ovulation occurs, the discharge becomes thicker and more abundant. The normal white discharge is white, odorless and stain the undersides. There are no symptoms caused by this phenomenon.

Sometimes the losses do not manifest when they are not really abundant. However, they can exteriorize and appear on the vulva in the form of a raw egg when the secretion is really important. In this specific case there is no treatment because they are normal leucorrhoea. Therefore we speak of physiological losses.

Causes of abnormal white discharge

Inflammation of the vagina

Know that when the bacterial balance is relevant, there is a modification of the vaginal flora. Very often the causes of leucorrhoea are caused by vaginitis, that is, a very common inflammation of the vagina. This is a vaginal infection whose origins can be infectious (sometimes caused by a fungus, parasite or bacteria). The origins can also be irritating (for example the intolerance of the organism to a chemical product such as soaps, etc ...).

However, we must not rule out the fact that it may come from a microbe which is transmitted sexually (example of chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomonas ...). It can also be a hormonal change due to pregnancy, hormonal or antibiotic treatment, chemotherapy as well, etc.

It also exists two types of abnormal losses :

  • The strong ones that come from the cervix: these are the cervicitis
  • It is about the losses coming from the vagina: it is the vaginitis.

Primary cancer

You should know that the primary vaginal cancer Often occurs when one reaches the age of 50 years or more. This cancer causes vaginal discharge or bleeding that is often noticed after sex. This is a phenomenon that can affect young girls or even young women whose mothers have taken DIethylstilbestrol during pregnancy.

  • To diagnose this, a smear or biopsy must be done.
  • To treat it, you need to use radiation therapy and surgery.

Secondary cancer

This is a common case that is getting noticed. It is a distant metastasis of cancer of the uterus, vulva or ovary.

Watch over hygiene

It is very important to take care of the hygiene of the vulva and this daily. This hygiene can be carried out with water or by using a mild soap with neutral or alkaline pH. Be aware, however, that douching is not recommended because these have the effect of destroying the vaginal flora while promoting the onset of infections such as vaginal yeast infection. It is also important to avoid using washcloths or soap with perfume as this will be too irritating.

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