Many women experience natural vaginal discharge. This discharge is usually clear or milky-white and helps maintain the cleanliness and balance of healthy bacteria in the vagina. However, changes in colour, consistency, or odour may indicate an underlying issue.
Vaginal discharge can be physiological or pathological. Physiological vaginal discharge is normal and occurs due to hormonal fluctuations during the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, or sexual arousal. Pathological vaginal discharge may result from infections or other health concerns. Common causes include:
While normal vaginal discharge is typically odourless or has a mild odour, pathological vaginal discharge may present with:
If experiencing any of these symptoms or suspecting an infection, consult your gynaecologist for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Treatment options may include antibiotics, antifungal medications, or other prescription medicines, depending on the underlying cause. Maintaining good hygiene, wearing breathable underwear, and practicing safe sex can help prevent infections and maintain a healthy vaginal environment.
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