It is normal to
have a moderate amount of vaginal discharge, about 1-2 teaspoonful a day,
enough to moisten and lubricate the vagina. But this amount may vary slightly
from one woman to the next.
vaginal discharge is like it is flowing out non-stop and messing you up. This
heavy vaginal discharge can be categorized into normal and abnormal.
The following conditions
may produce excessive vagina discharge. This profuse discharge is
considered normal since it is not disease related and its occurence is temporary.
Ovulation (may start from 12th to 16th
day of the monthly period)
Pre-menstrual – vaginal discharge may increase 1 or 2
days before the onset of your period.
Pregnancy – see cervical ectropion*
Post natal – immediately after the birth of the baby
till about 6 weeks, it is normal to have reddish, to pinkish, to a gradually
colorless discharge. This profuse vaginal discharge consists of blood, mucus
and sloughed-off tissue from the endometrium.
Lactation – vaginal discharge may increase during
Sexual excitement and during intercourse – increase
vaginal secretions helps to lubricate the vagina and make sex pleasurable.
Pre-puberty – as a result of the increasing vaginal
estrogen levels associated with the onset of puberty.
New born baby girl – there may be excessive vaginal
discharge or abnormal vaginal bleeding for the first few days due to the effect
of maternal estrogen. As the estrogen
level falls this discharge tapers off and then stops altogether.
Use of oral contraceptives – see cervical
Professor Horrace Fletcher of the University Hospital
of the West Indies, cervical ectropion
is a condition whereby the hole in the cervix, (where the menstrual blood flows
out from the uterus (womb) into the vagina) is lined with columnar cells not only
inside of the hole but also around the outside of it.
And it is the
columnar cells outside of the hole that cause the excessive vaginal discharge.
These columnar ectropion cells are most common in women on the contraceptive
pill or during pregnancy. They are not cancerous or pre-cancerous.
If the persistent discharge is accompanied by vaginal
itching, swelling, redness in the vulva and skin lesions, then excessive genital discharge of this nature is abnormal. It is disease related and could
be cause by:-
Cervicitis - the inflammation
of the cervix which can be caused by infection from STDs or birth control devices
such as diaphragm and cervical cap.
uncomfortable from the constant wetness, excessive genital discharge can impact
a woman’s daily life in other ways too.
her daily routine as she has to change underwear throughout the day or wear
pantyliners consistently. Frequent use of panty shields can affect her vaginal hygiene and lead to vaginal infection.
liners it becomes a social embarrassment when the excessive vaginal discharge
wets and soils her clothing- a visible wet patch on her skirt or pants, which,
of course is very embarrassing!
conditions in the vagina makes sexual intercourse messy and not pleasurable (too
slippery causing the penis to slip out often), thus drastically reducing joy
and sensation for both partners.
It makes oral
sex almost impossible. It is a great turn-off for your partner to go down on
vaginal discharge is not frequent, it should not be a cause for concern. However
if it is a persistent occurrence, these herbal remedies taken over a period of 3 to 6 months
has helped a lot of women to reduce the persistent white discharge.
However, do see a gynecologist
to be sure that you are not having vaginal infections, cervicitis or other
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