Vaginal Discharge

Women do have vaginal secretions after puberty and this is considered normal.  These secretions drain the dead cells and bacteria from the body and keep the vagina clean and reduce the risk of infection. Normal vaginal discharge is clear to milky white in colour.

What are the causes?
  • Infection
  • Foreign body in the vagina – forgotten tampon, ring pessary used for uterine prolapse, etc.
What are the symptoms?
  • Excessive white discharge which is foul smelling and associated with itching
  • Sometimes blood tinged vaginal discharge
  • Sever itching at external genital
  • Passing curdy or thick greenish discharge
  • Partner complaining of itching of external genital
  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Bleeding after sexual intercourse
  • Pain in lower tummy
  • Pain / burning sensation while passing urine
What can I do to prevent vaginal infection?

Reducing the risk of vaginal infections is key to treat vaginal discharge.  Some of the habits you can develop include the following,

  • Always wear cotton panties.
  • Don’t use vaginal douches.
  • Petroleum jelly or oils are a breeding ground for bacteria, so never use them as a vaginal lubricant.
  • Avoiding sex while on treatment for a vaginal infection. ​
  • Avoid hygiene products that irritate the vagina, deodorant soaps, lotions, and bubble baths.
  • Avoid scratching the genital area if you have an infection as scratching can inflame the area more.
  • Having protected sex using condoms unless you have only one partner.
What are the treatment options available?

Treat the cause.