Vaginal secretions are normal and normal. However, there are certain types of secretions that may indicate an infection. These can be yellow or green in color, with a certain consistency or smell. Here are the signs that should worry you, and find out what are the causes and remedies for them.
Causes of vaginal discharge
Normal vaginal discharge is the healthy way of the body to function and is also a way of cleaning and protecting the vagina. It is normal for it to be more abundant when playing sports, ovulating, using contraceptive pills or being stressed.
However, abnormal vaginal discharge it is caused by an infection. There are several conditions that can change the consistency, color or odor of vaginal discharge. Here are these:
Types of infections, symptoms and what conditions they can cause
Bacterial vaginosis is a bacterial infection and is quite common. This infection causes an increased vaginal discharge, which has a strong odor, although it does not produce symptoms in some cases. Women who have more sexual partners are at increased risk of getting this infection.
Trichomoniasis usually spreads through sexual contact, but can also be contacted by borrowing towels or bathing suits. This infection results in a yellow or green secretion that has an unpleasant odor. Pain, inflammation and itching are also common symptoms, although some people do not feel any symptoms.
Candidosis is a fungal infection that causes secretions, apart from burning and itching sensations. Her presence in the vagina is normal, but her growth is not a good sign. The following may increase the likelihood of this infection: stress, diabetes, pregnancy, Gonorrhea and Chlamydia.
Pelvic inflammatory disease
Pelvic inflammatory disease is an infection that often spreads through sexual contact. It occurs when bacteria spread to the vagina and other reproductive organs. It can produce a heavy and odorous discharge.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) or cervical cancer
Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, which is transmitted through sexual contact, can lead to cervical cancer. Although there may be no symptoms, this type of cancer can cause a brown and aqueous discharge with a foul odor.
Prevention and protection
To prevent infections, you must have good hygiene and wear cotton underwear. Do not use foam as this can make the secretion more serious by removing the useful bacteria. You must also practice safe sex and protect yourself to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.
To reduce the likelihood of candida infections when taking antibiotics, eat yogurt that contains live and active cultures. If you know you have a candida infection, you can treat it with a special cream.
If you have unusual secretions and other symptoms, such as fever, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, fatigue or frequent urination, you should contact your doctor as soon as possible.
Article written by Dr. Silviu Istoc, chief obstetrician-gynecologist at the Medicover Hospital, within the Department of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery and at the ProVita Clinic. You can read more details on www.dristoc.ro and on the Facebook page facebook.com/DrSilviuIstoc.
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