Female discharge or vaginal discharge is normal and healthy. This discharge is nature’s way of of cleaning out the vagina and getting rid of harmful and excessive bacteria, and dead cells. A healthy vaginal discharge keeps the vagina healthy and disease free.
Normal Female Discharge
Healthy female discharge varies with each individual and what may seem worrisome to one woman is perfectly natural to another. This discharge can vary in color, odor and even consistency. The color of a healthy discharge may be clear and colorless, white or cloudy.
While it is generally odorless, a mild smell that is not foul is normal. The consistency of a normal female discharge ranges from slightly thick to thin and stringy. The consistency of the discharge can change during the course of the month, depending on the menstrual cycle. Any female discharge that fits this description is a healthy discharge and is not a cause for concern.
Abnormal Female Discharge
Any drastic change in the color, smell or consistency of female discharge is a cause for worry. Changes in the color may include brown, green, pink or even a yellow discharge. The smell of the discharge is foul and the consistency can range from thick to curdy. Very often, these changes are accompanied with pain, itching or a burning sensation. Depending on the symptoms that are experienced, further tests are carried out to reach a diagnosis.
Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is characterized by a yellow discharge. Other symptoms that the patient may experience are bleeding between menstruation and even urinary incontinence.
This is another sexually transmitted disease (STD). When suffering from trichomoniasis, the patient notices a very foul smelling, frothy discharge that is either green or yellow in color. Other symptoms include an itch and dysuria (painful urination).
The use of some oral contraceptives, stress and even disease such as diabetes can bring on this infection. This infection is characterized by a thick, curdy discharge. Other symptoms may include a red and inflamed vagina accompanied by itching.
What To Do In Case Of An Abnormal Female Discharge
Abnormal female discharge should not be treated without consulting a gynecologist or physician. Make note of the change in color, odor and consistency and describe these to your physician in clear terms. The treatment differs according to the diagnosis and may include antibiotics, topical ointments and creams, abstaining from sexual intercourse, and vaginal tablets.
It is important to complete the entire course of medication. Avoid using tampons during periods. Avoid the use of fancy soaps and deodorants around this area. Avoiding sex during this period is important as intercourse could lead to infection in your partner as well.
Refrain from scratching or rubbing the sore area. If the problem recurs, do not use the same medication without consulting your doctor first. The infection may require a different treatment which your doctor will advise you.
Prevention Of Infection And Abnormal Female Discharge
Prevention is better than cure. For this reason, it is important to maintain good hygiene and health. Keep the vaginal area clean and dry. The use of condoms during sexual intercourse prevents the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Avoid wearing synthetic underwear. When using a lubricant, use one that is especially designed to be used as a vaginal lubricant; avoid the use of oils and jellies that are designed to be used on the skin. Douching is not advisable, as this could lead to the introduction of bacteria into the vagina. In the event of an abnormal vaginal discharge, follow the physician’s recommendations and complete the entire course of treatment. Failure to do so may lead to a recurrence of the infection.
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