“I have been having this weird white vaginal discharge every other day and I am really stressed about it”. Sounds familiar?
This is a common sight and query at any gynaecologist clinic shared by majority of female patients. Well, relax. This white vaginal discharge is a sign that your vagina is doing absolutely great and you are fine. White vaginal discharge, a part of the natural system of vagina, acts as a broom while cleaning the old, dead cells and fluids out from your feminine system. This is your body’s natural way of keeping your vagina healthy, clean and infection free.
White vaginal discharge is produced naturally from the neck of the womb, known as the cervix and varies throughout menstrual cycle. So, vaginal discharge is perfectly normal and the amount can vary, as can odour and hue (its colour can range from clear to a milky whitish), depending on the time in your menstrual cycle.
For example, there will be more discharge if you are ovulating, breastfeeding, or are sexually aroused. The smell may be different if you are pregnant, or you have not been diligent about your personal hygiene.
You need not to worry about white vaginal discharge unless you observe any abnormality such as a sudden change in the colour or smell of discharge, which could be a sign of an infection. Potential changes that can be a sign for warning include:
- Change in colour or consistency
- A sudden bad smell
- An unusually large amount of discharge
- Itching around your vagina or pain in your pelvis or tummy region
- Unexpected bleeding from the vagina
The reasons for an abnormal vaginal discharge can be many that may be related to your lifestyle or medical conditions like:
- Excessive use of antibiotics
- Infection due to pregnancy
- Having multiple sexual partners
- Use of birth control pills
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
- Pelvic infection due to surgery
- Unprotected sex
- Thinning and drying out of the vaginal walls during menopause
- Irritation in or around the vagina
- Yeast infections
Here are some tips for preventing vaginal infections that can lead to abnormal vaginal discharge:
- First of all, you should carefully note what your normal discharge looks like and smells, so that you can differentiate if there is any change
- Wash your vagina regularly with everteen Natural Intimate Wash. Never use soaps, shampoo or other chemical-based products for washing your intimate areas. We recommend that you also use everteen Vaginal Tightening & Revitalizing Gel, which helps maintain vaginal health.
- Never use scented soaps and feminine products or douche. Also avoid feminine sprays and bubble baths. Always use only natural intimate wash like everteen.
- After using the restroom, always wipe from front to back to prevent anal bacteria from getting into the vagina and causing possible infection. If you are someone who often uses public toilets (like in office, mall, cinema, airports), always carry everteen Intimate Hygiene Wipes in your handbag.
- Follow appropriate vaginal hygiene habits like washing your vagina everyday with everteen natural intimate wash so as to keep your vagina clean and free from unpleasant odor or vaginal itching.
- Wear 100% cotton underpants, and avoid overly tight clothing.