Leukorrhea or sticky fluid is a natural and common vaginal discharge in females. This discharge is typically white or clear and have a slightly sticky thin consistency. This fluid helps to maintain the cleanliness of the vaginal area by flushing out dead cells and bacteria. However when there is changes in the amount, color, or odor of this fluid, it indicates an underlying issue, such as infection or hormonal changes.

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Leukorrhea is the vaginal discharge present in females in their reproductive age. It is normally odourless and clear or milky in colour. This fluid made up of dead cells shed from the vagina is actually a sign of a healthy vagina. It helps to keep the vagina moist and washes away the impurities that can cause infection. However, it becomes a cause of concern when it has a bad smell, changes colour and is produced in very large amounts, the condition we call as Leukorrhea and it may act as an indication of an infection or an underlying health condition.

What reasons lead to Leukorrhea?

Hormonal fluctuations: Our hormonal levels are always changing and this gets more frequent and rapid during pregnancy, puberty and menopause.

Inflammation: Sometimes, the vagina or the cervix can get inflamed causing increased vaginal discharge.

Infections: If the vagina gets infected by any pathogen be it bacteria, yeast or sexually transmitted diseases, the colour, smell and consistency of vaginal discharge changes.

Poor hygiene: If you do not have good genital hygiene, then the natural balance of vaginal microflora gets disrupted, increasing vaginal discharge.

Irritants: Harsh soaps, perfumed fresheners and certain contraceptives cause irritation in the vaginal area causing Leukorrhea.

Stress: Be it physical or emotional, any form of stress disturbs the hormonal balance, contributing to an increase in vaginal discharge.

Pelvic Inflammatory Diseases(PID): Infections in the pelvic area often spread to our genitals leading to inflammation and increase in vaginal discharge.

Certain medications: Some antibiotics and oral contraceptives are responsible for the increase in vaginal discharge.

Sexual arousal: It causes an increase in the blood flow to the genitals and a temporary increase in vaginal discharge.

What are the other causes of Leukorrhea?

Cervical or Vaginal tumours: Though very uncommon, tumour growth in the cervix or vagina can interfere with vaginal discharge.

Allergic Reactions: Some materials such as intimate wash or latex in condoms might initiate an allergic response in the vagina causing Leukorrhea.

Endometritis: Inflammation of cells in the inner lining of the uterus can sometimes cause abnormal discharge.

Cervical polyps: Non-cancerous growth on the cervix might increase vaginal discharge.

Inherited conditions: Some genetic or congenital conditions affect reproductive health and change the nature of vaginal secretion.

Common Symptoms of Leukorrhea

Leukorrhea itself is a symptom of an underlying problem. However, it has certain characteristics that should be identified and taken care of. These include:

Changes in the discharge: The quantity of vaginal discharge increases. Also, its colour becomes dense white, yellowish or greenish and it becomes too thick and sticky.

Foul Odour: The discharge smells very bad especially if there is an infection.

Pain or discomfort: Some women experience pain and discomfort in the pelvic region regularly and it gets more severe during sexual intercourse.

Swelling and redness: This occurs due to the inflammation of the vaginal and cervical tissues.

Burning sensation: This is experienced mostly during urination.

Irritation and itching: Some individuals might experience itching and irritation in the vaginal area.

Weakness: Excessive discharge from the vagina on a regular basis can make you very weak and tired.

Ayurvedic treatment for Leukorrhea at SRIAAS

For the effective treatment of Leukorrhea, ayurveda focuses on removing toxins from the body and strengthening the muscles of the reproductive system. At SRIAAS, along with this, we also focus on thorough vaginal cleansing and personal hygiene. After a detailed examination of the female, we trace the root cause and design a treatment with a very holistic approach.

We tailor a therapy that will meet your individual requirements to strengthen and nourish your reproductive system. Our experts recommend necessary dietary and lifestyle changes for the same.

1 Can Leukorrhea cause infertility?

Temporary or mild changes in the vaginal fluid does not affect your reproductive system too much. But, if the vaginal discharge is infectious and foul smelling, then it leads to severe complications of inflammation and infertility.

2 What should I eat to relieve Leukorrhea?

Your regular diet should be such that it provides your body enough immunity. This is more relevant if you are suffering from Leukorrhea. Your diet should be rich in vitamins, fibres, proteins, good fats and minerals. You should definitely include spinach, dates, pulses and amla in your diet.

3 When should you consult a doctor?

If your vaginal discharge has a very foul smell, gets very sticky, thick and yellowish in colour, then it is time to visit a doctor. Along with these, if you experience pain and a burning sensation, there is no time to wait. Consult a doctor immediately.