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Reproductive Health Concerns in Females:

ABNORMAL VAGINAL DISCHARGE

 

What is vaginal discharge and when is it said to be abnormal?

Vaginal discharge is composed of mucous secretion produced by the cervix. Disease may be indicated if vaginal discharge is abnormal in color, odour, or consistency, or significantly increased in amount.

 
 
 

Which are the conditions that lead to an increase in the normal vaginal secretion?

The amount of normal vaginal discharge may  be increased in conditions such as sexual excitement, emotional stress and ovulation (when you produce and release an egg from your ovary in the middle of your menstrual cycle)

 

What are the causes of abnormal vaginal discharge?

These conditions can lead to abnormal vaginal discharge: (i) Sexually transmitted infections. (ii) Fungal / yeast infection of the vagina common in diabetics and those with weak immune system.

How can abnormal vaginal discharge be prevented?

To help prevent vaginal discharge:

(i) Genital area must be kept clean and dry.

(ii) Douching (splashing water into the genital area) should be avoided. While many women feel cleaner if they douche after menstruation or intercourse, it may actually worsen vaginal discharge because it removes healthy bacteria lining the vagina that are there to protect you from infection.

(iii) Stress should be avoided.

(iv) Condoms must be used to avoid catching or spreading sexually transmitted diseases.

(v) Blood sugars should be kept under good control in case there is presence of diabetes.

Should a doctor be consulted for an abnormal vaginal discharge?

Yes, a doctor should be consulted promptly. Your doctor will take a brief history about your symptoms, conduct a pelvic examination and prescribe a treatment accordingly.

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