Vaginal Discharge

What you should know about vaginal discharge

Do you have concerning vaginal discharge? Please read on…

Many women find vaginal secretion bothersome especially if they have to change their underwear more than once a day. Secretions and discharge of fluid from the vagina are a normal occurrence for most women. Although the lining of the vagina does not have any fluid-producing glands, the many blood vessels provide moisture to the genital area. These secretions are important in providing an environment (low pH) that discourages bacterial growth.

Normal secretions are a clear to cloudy white colour and can be thin or string-like in consistency. Various factors can change the appearance, quantity and consistency of the secretions including stage of menstrual cycle, pregnancy, infection, different medications (such as contraceptive pills), stress, diet and sexual arousal.

Abnormal vaginal secretions warrant medical review. Excessive discharge can be a sign of hormonal changes e.g., oral contraceptive pill of sign of infection, especially in conjunction with colour change and smell. Other symptoms of vaginal infection include itchiness, burning sensation, appearance of rash or soreness. Medical advice should be sought after if any of these are present and a vaginal swab should be taken.

There are many different approaches one can take in preventing or reducing excessive vaginal discharge. This includes treating any underlying infections, taking Probiotics tablets vaginally and eating yoghurt with live cultures, avoiding hygiene sprays or powders in the vaginal area, avoiding the use of tight undergarments and polyester underwear/G-strings, monitoring and controlling any underlying medical conditions (such as diabetes) and maintaining good genital area hygiene – wiping from front to back as well as sex hygiene.

Vaginal Discharge

Secretions and discharge of fluid from the vagina are a normal occurrence for most women. Although the lining of the vagina does not have any fluid-producing glands, the many blood vessels provide moisture to the genital area. These secretions are important in providing an environment that discourages bacterial growth.

Normal secretions are a clear to cloudy white colour and can be thin or string-like in consistency. Various factors can change the appearance, quantity and consistency of the secretions including stage of menstrual cycle, pregnancy, infection, different medications (such as contraceptive pills), stress, diet and sexual arousal.

Increased vaginal secretions can be bothersome and often warrants medical review. Excessive discharge may be physiological but can be a sign of infection, especially in conjunction with colour change and smell. Other symptoms of vaginal infection include itchiness, burning, rash or soreness. Medical advice should be sought if any of these symptoms are present.

There are many different approaches one can take in preventing or reducing excessive vaginal discharge. This includes treating any underlying infections, eating yoghurt with live cultures, avoiding hygiene sprays, soaps or powders in the vaginal area, avoiding the use of tight undergarments, monitoring and controlling any underlying medical conditions (such as diabetes) and maintaining good genital area hygiene. OCP can also reduce the vaginal secretion.