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Is vaginal discharge healthy for females

Causes of vaginal discharge

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Normal vaginal discharge is called leukorrhea. It comprises fluid and bacteria from the cells in the vagina. Most women produce just under a teaspoon, or 4 milliliters, of white or clear discharge every day.

Discharge before a period tends to be cloudy or white, due to the increased presence of progesterone, a hormone involved in both the menstrual cycle and pregnancy.

In other phases of the cycle, when the body has higher levels of estrogen, vaginal discharge tends to be clear and watery.

Discharge helps with lubrication and the removal of bacteria from the vagina.

*The main causes of white discharge from the vagina.

The following factors may result in white discharge.

 

Normal reproductive function

White discharge is common at the beginning and end of menstruation. It is usually thin and stretchy, and should not be accompanied by itching or an odor.

Hormonal birth control

Using the birth control pill, can lead to more discharge, because hormone levels may be affected. The increase is not usually a cause for concern unless there are any other symptoms.

Yeast infection

Yeast infections are a common complaint among women. It is estimated that nearly 75percent of women will experience at least one yeast infection in their lifetime.

Discharge associated with a yeast infection tends to resemble cottage cheese — it is thick, white, and lumpy. Other symptoms include itching and burning in and around the vagina.Natural Preventions for Toilet Infection.

Bacterial vaginosis

This is an infection caused by bacterial imbalances in the vagina.

BV is linked to douching and having more than one sexual partner. The discharge tends to be grayish-white and has a fishy odor.

Sexually transmitted infections

Several sexually transmitted infections (STIs) cause changes in vaginal discharge. The infections can include gonorrhea.

Discharge caused by gonorrhea may be closer to yellow than white, although not everyone has symptoms. This  can cause a fishy odor, yellow-green discharge, and itching.

 

 

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