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What is vaginal discharge?
Vaginal discharge and odour are part of the same problem. It can appear as a slimy secretion in the crotch area. This fluid is formulated in the vaginal mucosa and is present in bacterial flora. This bacterial flora is forced to change when the pH balance of the vagina is disturbed. This can be caused by intercourse, yeast infections and fungal infections. Having multiple sexual partners can also lead to a change in pH balance. It is completely natural for women to discharge; however knowing the signs for when it is bad is imperative. The tell tail sign is foul smelling discharge.
Types of vaginal discharge and their causes
There is a common misconception that when you have a yeast infection, vaginal itching, or any type of infection in your intimate region, that it all must be the same, however they are many different causes and types of discharge. Knowing what you are suffering from can help you to find the correct solution.
|Types and Colours of discharge||What it may mean||Other symptoms|
Usually means irregular menstrual cycles, however in rare cases can mean endometrial or cervical cancer.
|Pelvic pain or abnormal vaginal bleeding.|
|Pelvic pain, urinary incontinence or bleeding between periods.|
|Frothy/Yellow or Greenish with a foul smell||
|Itching sensation and pain whilst urinating.|
Shedding or flaking of the lochia (uterine lining) after childbirth.
|Pain during intercourse, or pain or an itching sensation and swelling around the vulva.|
|White/Grey or Yellow with a Fishy Odour||
|Swelling of the vulva or vagina, and/or redness and an itching sensation.|
Now you know what to look out for, you can find the right solution for you.
Causes of discharge
The vagina is made up millions of good and bad bacteria that make up a healthy and natural pH balance. When this balance is disturbed, it can lead to vaginal itching and yeast infections. Vaginal discharge is typically due to the numerous microorganism that normally work in harmony, not working in harmony anymore. If either the good or bad organisms begin to dominate, leading to a change in pH balance, it can lead to problems such as discharge and odour.
How to avoid vaginal problems
Although this may sound very trivial, it can sometimes be overlooked so follow out easy steps to ensure you keep your vaginal health in its best condition.
- Use mildly scented soap and water to wash, and always rinse well after.
- Always try to wipe from the front (vagina) to the back (anus), as this will help to avoid the spread of a yeast infection and bacteria.
- Avoid wearing underwear that doesn’t allow your intimate area to breathe. Cotton underwear is always good as it keeps your genital area dry and doesn’t hold on moisture and warmth.
- If you’re in a swimsuit, change out of it as soon as possible.
- Change tampons and pads regularly.
By following these simple steps, you can ensure that you do not fall foul to vaginal problems such as vaginal discharge.