It is normal to have a moderate amount of vaginal discharge. About 1-2 teaspoonfuls a day, which is enough to moisten and lubricate the vagina. But this amount may vary slightly for each individual.
But excessive vaginal discharge is like it is flowing out non-stop. How do you distinguish normal from abnormal vaginal discharge?
The following conditions may produce heavy vaginal discharge. It is normal if it is not disease related and its occurrence is temporary.
Ovulation - Ovulation is part of your menstrual cycle. Before ovulation (i.e the release of the egg) there is more mucus produced, up to thirty times more than after ovulation. The excess vagina discharge is more watery and stretchy. During this phase you might want to wear panty liners.
Pre-menstrual – vaginal discharge may increase 1 or 2 days before the onset of your period.
Pregnancy – Normal vagina discharge during pregnancy is called leukorrhea. The discharge is thin, white, milky and mild smelling. Cervical ectropion may also be the cause of excess discharge during pregnancy.
Post natal – It is normal to have reddish, pinkish vaginal discharge for the first six weeks after the birth of the baby. This discharge is blood, mucus and sloughed-off tissue from the endometrium.
Lactation – Vaginal discharge may increase during breast feeding.
Sexual excitement and during intercourse – This increase in vaginal secretions helps in vaginal lubrication which makes sex pleasurable.
Pre-puberty – Vaginal estrogen levels goes up during the on-set of puberty resulting in more vaginal discharge.
New born baby girl – A new born baby girl may have excessive discharge or abnormal vaginal bleeding for the first few days. This is due to the effect of the mother's estrogen. As the estrogen level in the new born falls this discharge tapers off and then stops altogether.
Emotional stress - Stress can have an effect on vaginal discharge.
Oral contraceptives - Excess vagina discharge is also common in women who are on the pill. This is due to cervical ectropion.(Refer to explanation below)
**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 excess 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.**
(Reference : Guy's and St. Thomas')
Constant wetness down there is very uncomfortable. Other than that, it can disrupt a woman’s daily life too.
If excessive vaginal discharge is not frequent, it should not be a cause for concern.
But, if you have excess discharge all the time and is not infection related, this vagina wand/virgin stick is effective. You can get rid of the excessive wetness by inserting the wand into the vagina 3 to 4 times a week.
Besides restoring your discharge to a normal level, this wand tightens the vagina. Both of you will have great sex again!
The following scenario can cause excessive vaginal discharge which is not normal. There is also vaginal itching, swelling, redness in the vulva and skin lesions.
If you have one or more of the above symptoms, see your gynecologist soonest possible.
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