It is a thick whitish discharge from the vagina and almost all women would get this during reproductive cycle. Although the vaginal discharge will be normally white in colour, for some women it may be yellow or greenish yellow in colour.

There are number of factors like hormonal changes, diabetes and anemia which cause leucorrhea. Need to pay attention only if the vaginal discharge is accompanied by other symptoms like itching and redness in the vaginal area. In rare cases this white discharge begun before the first menstrual cycle of a girl.

Types of leucorrhea –

Two types of leucorrhea namely –

A. Physiological leucorrhea
B. Inflammatory leucorrhea
  • Physiological leucorrhea
    It is common in almost all women and is caused by defense mechanism of the body for restoring chemical balance. It also preserves to maintain the flexibility of the vagina and the surrounding tissues. It has got its name “physiological” due to the reason that vaginal discharge occurs when estrogen levels are increased.
  • Inflammatory leucorrhea
    It occurs when there is vaginal swelling or congestion of mucosa in that area. Very often the yellowish white discharge gives out a foul smell indicating infection. This type of leucorrhea also includes vaginal discharge caused by STD (sexually transmitted diseases) and due to lochia.

Causes –

  • The main cause of white discharge in women is hormonal disturbance.
  • Increased secretion of estrogen is the main cause of leucorrhea.
  • It also occurs due to improper hygiene habits and loss of iron in blood.
  • Women having diabetes may also have increased leucorrhea.
  • Wounds on the vagina can also trigger the secretion of whitish fluid with itching.
  • It is also seen in pregnant women and after child birth; it will accompanied with foul smell and mucus of placental tissues.
  • Sometimes indigestion and constipation also causes leucorrhea discharge.

Symptoms –

  • A woman who was increased whitish discharge will experience weakness and lethargy.
  • It can also be accompanied by headache for some women.
  • Due to frequent discharge, there may be pain in the calf muscles and in the lumbar region.

Treatment –

In case of increased whitish discharge along with symptoms like weakness and itching, need to consult doctor.

Home remedies –

  • Apply yoghurt on vagina to control itching and white discharge.
  • Make a paste of mango pulp and apply on the genitals to get relief.
  • Include yoghurt in your routine diet.
  • Drink the water residue which is used for preparation of white rice; which is best remedy to treat white discharge because of heat.
  • Drink the decoction of fenugreek seeds boiled and cooled in one litter of water.
  • Take care of proper personal hygiene.

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