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Leukorrhea Overview

Leukorrhea is a thick, whitish or yellowish vaginal discharge. it is most common during pregnancy as well as at additional times during the reproductive years. The viginal discharge is sticky as well as white or green  in colour.  It may vary with the menstrual cycle of the woman as her hormone levels change. The amount of discharge may increase due to vaginal infection or STDs, and also it may disappear and reappear from time to time. In some cases discharge may be for years in the condition where discharge become more yellow and foul-smelling. Which is usually a non-pathological symptom secondary to inflammatory conditions of vagina or cervix.

Causes

Causes of Leukorrhea is particularly unknown but some factors like estrogen imbalance and it is caused due to unhygienic sex, STD etc. Leukorrhea can exist in non-pregnant females in the course of ovulation

Symptoms

  • A whitish discharge from the vagina
  • Pain in the lumbar region and the calves
  • Black patches under the eyes
  • Weakness
  • Digestive disturbances
  • Spots on undergarments
  • Constipation
  • Irritability
  • Headaches which are frequent
  • Dragging sensation in the abdomen
  • Intense itching in the genital region

When to consult a doctor

A small amount of discharge from the area of the vagina is normal, But if you see following conditions you should consult a doctor immediately.

  • Discomfort during sexual intercourse
  • Itching around anus accompanies vaginal discharge
  • More discharge of white or green matter
  • Problem exists for long a period of time

Diagnosis

  • Leukorrhea can be confirmed by finding >10 WBC under a microscope when examining vaginal fluid.

Treatment

  • Treating the STD will help treat the leukorrhea, as it may be caused due to STD.
  • Antibiotics, like metronidazole can also helps in treating Leukorrhea
  • clindamycin or trinidazole antibiotics to treat STD

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