Vaginal Discharge is a normal thing to happen in all females because of hormonal changes leading to secretions from the glands in the cervix and vagina. It is not that a female is completely dry all the time. However, one is often confused with what is normal and what is abnormal, and when is the time to visit a Gynaecologist.
The Checklist for Normal and Abnormal
Colour – Normal discharge is clear, whitish but if it is yellowish , blood tinged it is abnormal
Quantity–The amount of discharge may vary from every woman and it also varies from different phase of the menstrual cycle. The discharge increases pre-menstrually, post-menstrually and also in the ovulation phase. In pregnant women and women on Oral Contraceptives , the discharge may increase.
Smell –A healthy vaginal discharge will not have a odour.
Wetness–Slight wetness is okay to feel but if it increases too much, then it is a problem
When to Worry?
Why does abnormal discharge happen?
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How to prevent abnormal vaginal discharge?
The most basic thing to prevent discharge and vaginal infection is to keep yourself absolutely dry. Fungal infections are most likely to happen in damp places. Make sure you are wearing dry undergarments all the time. Practice safe protected sex, which helps in preventing Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Do not douche or use any vaginal washes unless recommended by the doctor as it alters the ph of the vagina and leads to vaginitis.
Dr Amita Shah is a leading gynaecologist in Gurgaon with vast experience in treating all major and minor female problems. She is the founder of ‘Global Womens Clinic’ in Palam vihar, Gurgaon. For more information or appointment with Dr Amita Shah please call 9773975611