Vaginal discharges of different types are very common in women but their colour, smell, frequency and consistency can hint at the status of reproductive health in many ways. These discharges are produced by the cervix & vagina and are basically meant to clean the system. Some discharges are normal while others can be a symptom of a yeast infection, bacterial infection or beginnings of a sexually transmitted disease. One of these discharges is Leukorrhea – a white discharge which can be normal or alarming based on its nature. HerZindagi talked to Dr Sonia Rawat, the Director of the Department of Preventive Health & Wellness at New Delhi’s Sir Ganga Ram Hospital about Leukorrhea and she shared some essential information about it. Apart from that, eher are some other things that women should know: 

  • Leukorrhea can be visible commonly before periods but if it comes out sticky, smells bad and causes you pain or itchiness, you should definitely pay heed to it. 
  • Leukorrhea is common during pregnancy as the hormonal balance is different and there is more blood flow to the vaginal area. 
  • Treatment of chronic Leukorrhea is usually done using antibiotics to treat the infection and restore the pH balance.
  • You can wear panty liners or sanitary pads to soak the flow but avoid using tampons.
  • Keep the area clean but do not douche it with water.

If you or anyone you know is experiencing chronic Leukorrhea, then contact a doctor immediately to treat this problem before it causes damage to your reproductive organs.