It is normal for women of childbearing age to have vaginal discharge or "white discharge" as known in our Asian community. It begins from the onset of puberty and ends after menopause.
White discharge is nature’s way of keeping a woman's reproductive system (inner wall of uterus and vagina) clean and healthy. Our skin has glands that release sweat and shed dead cells constantly so that new cells can come to the surface.
The vaginal walls and uterine cervix also shed old cells and the glands that lined the walls secrete fluids.
These fluids or discharge is a mixture of cervical (from the cervix) and vaginal secretions. It is the medium whereby dead cells, mucus and bacteria are transported out of the vagina.
Besides keeping the vagina clean, the acidic pH of vaginal discharge helps to prevent the overgrowth of naturally occurring bacteria and other organisms, which are normally present in the vagina in small numbers. Essentially, vaginal secretions or discharge acts as a shield against the spread of infections in the vagina and uterus.
It is normal to have about one to two teaspoons of discharge daily. It can be clear or milky, white and odorless. When it is exposed to air, it leaves a white or slightly yellow patch on the panties.
A woman's genital discharge varies throughout her menstrual cycle. Before ovulation (the release of the egg), there is a lot of mucous produced, up to 30 times more than after ovulation. It is also more watery and stretchy during this phase.
During and immediately after menstruation, it is normal if the discharge is tinged with some blood, clots and endometrial cells.
And a day or two after our period, we usually have brown vagina discharge which could be dark brown and slippery. This is okay as old blood looks brown.
It is normal if the changes in discharge are cyclical, (i.e. the same scenario occurs every month).
Vaginal secretions can also be thicker and noticeably more when we are:-
**Greenish or yellowish tinge discharge which is thick and smelly is not a good sign. Most of the time it could be trichomoniasis (trich) which is a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
If the above abnormal vaginal discharge is accompanied by vaginal itching swelling, burning and inflammation, it is probably a vaginal infection which could be bacterial vaginosis, vagina yeast infection or atrophic vaginitis.
If it is a mild infection,you can try the following home remedies:-
However, if the symptoms continue for the next two or three days, do not delay to see your doctor.
Excessive vaginal discharge can be a big sexual turn off.
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