What is Leucorrhea?
Leucorrhea is the normal milky white or clear vaginal discharge. It is usually thin andz could have a mild odor. It typically does not come with itching or strong foul odor. Leucorrhoea does not develop all of a sudden. Apart from the normal occurrence during puberty or sexual excitement at times, it is an indication that something is wrong with your body or reproductive system.
As white vaginal discharge can sometimes seem like an infection, it’s important to know when it’s normal to experience leucorrhea and when it’s a problem. Leucorrhoea will not affect the health if it is caused due to hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle, sexual excitement, early pregnancy, and puberty. If the vaginal discharge is yellowish and has a foul smell, it is commonly due to bacterial or viral infection (sexually transmitted infection). If left untreated, it can lead to severe complications like pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility.
Types of Leucorrhoea
Whenever our body gets loaded with toxins and the eliminatory organs like skin, bowels, and lungs are unable to expel these toxins, the body will try to flush it out through the mucous membrane of the uterus and vagina in the form of leucorrhoea. Some of the common causes are listed below:
Due to chills
Leucorrhoea can also occur due to chills. Chills usually cause the inflammation of the womb and vaginal membranes. Other reasons may be the displacement of the uterus or unhygienic conditions which cause the bacteria to infect genital organs.
The leucorrhoea due to chronic gonorrhea is considered to be abnormal discharge. In mature women, a profuse yellowish discharge accompanied by burning during urination may be the result of chronic gonorrhea. The infection may sometimes follow the birth of a child, due to damage to the cervix during pregnancy. This is aggravated by prolonged illness, anxiety, neurosis, sedentary lifestyle, and standing for long hours. If not treated properly the infection spreads to other genital organs.
Steps to prevent abnormal Leucorrhoea
The doctor might be able to identify whatever led to your symptoms – such as antibiotic use, wearing non-cotton underwear, wearing tight-fitting undergarments during exercise, using scented products that irritate the vaginal lining, or using birth control pills. The following steps can to an extent prevent the occurrence of leucorrhoea.
If there is pain, foul odor, and discoloration in the white discharge, then it’s time to take it seriously. It is always best to seek medical help or consult a Fertility Hospital since it may be an indication of some other underlying condition. Women’s healthcare treatment services at PFRC range from puberty to menopause and after. We offer gynecology services for women of all ages, starting in their teens. Our experts are among the best Gynecologists in Chennai.