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Vaginal Health and Leucorrhea – It’s Causes and Treatment

Women often look conscious about their skin, hair, complexion and physique parellely many of them are quite unaware and forget to take good care of their vaginal health which is as important as their general health and most of them end up.

With excessive and abnormal vaginal discharge. Vaginal discharge is known as leucorhea in medical terminology which is a yellowish, whitish or greenish discharge however this discharge is a normal part of female reproductive system as it produced after puberty within months to years by vaginal

glands under higher estrogen affects and in some cases in a newborn girl this whitish vaginal discharge is normal and due to intrauterine higher estrogenic affect but it may be abnormal and you should be conscious about it when the discharge is of green or yellow in colour or it smells offensive or the amount of discharge is excessive as all these symptoms point out some sort of vaginal infections.

Causes of Leucorrhea:

 1. Sexually transmitted diseases:

This type of leucorrhea is common among women having multi sex partners, unprotected sex or partner having any sexually transmitted infections like chalmydia, gonorrhoea, herpes or even HIV.

2. Poor vaginal health care routine:

Its a common question how to take good care of vaginal health? But don’t worry ladies it’s not that much difficult and you don’t need to put any extra efforts all you have to do is to follow some simple and quick methods but have to stick with them, so let’s go

1.  Always wipe your vagina with some toilet tissue or cotton after urinating and do wipe it in a correct way thats is from front to back. Wiping is important to keep your vagina and underwear dry otherwise bacteria can easily grow inside vagina and yo may gets excessive and offensive vaginal discharge.

2. Don’t use scented vaginal soaps and other products:

As vaginal flora has a specific ph which is important for survival of normal healthy bacteria and to inhibit growth of harmful ones but these scented products contains glycerol, paraffin etc that disturbs normal ph of vaginal flora and cause growth of harmful bacteria

3. Avoid Douching:

Douching is a procedure in which water is flushed inside vagina through a device as this water contains chemicals that damage normal healthy ph of vagina so better to avoid it.

4. Change sanitary pads after every 4-6 hours:

Its mandatory to change sanitary pads after every 4-6 hours for a women having normal menstrual flow but if you have heavy flow then try to change it within every 3 -4 hours as long time use of pads may cause growth of bacteria and Leucorrhea.

5. Use of condoms:

Condoms are not only good for contraception but also act as a barrier during intercourse and protect you from sexually transmitted diseases but before using make sure you are not allergic to its material.

6) Regular check up by your gynaecologist if you have implanted any intrauterine devices as these acts as foreign body and cause Leucorrhea with lower abdominal and back pain.

Symptoms of Leucorrhea:

Most of the time women gets symptoms of Leucorrhea but they don’t bother it as they might think it normal specially in case of Asian women as there is common miths that lower back pain with heavy vaginal discharge is due to melting of backbone seems too funny. Here are the common symptoms of Leucorrhea.

  1. Excessive whitish yellowish or greenish vaginal discharge.
  2. Discharge with offensive smell.
  3. Lower back or lower abdominal pain.
  4. Itching or burning sensation in vagina.

Treatment: Prevention is always better than cure but if unfortunately if you have any of the symptoms of Leucorrhea you should consult your gynaecologist who will perform some tests and give you medications like antibiotics, antifungals and even anti viral medications according to the cause of disease apart from this you have to continue taking good care of vaginal health and avoid intercourse until you get bettere. Some common prescribed and effective medicines are metronidazole, clindamycin and tinidazole.

Written by Kousar Parveen

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