Leucorrhoea is a condition in which there is a whitish discharge from the vagina resulting from inflammation or irritation of the membrane lining the genital organs of the female. Even its Sanskrit name shwetapradara, is made up of two words-shweta which means white and pradara which means discharge. It may be thick, viscid and foul smelling. There is normally more discharge at puberty, when the sexual functions are being established. In most women, the nature of the discharge changes as there are advances or if they travel a lot. White discharge is a medical condition refers to the serious condition where there is some abnormalities in the manner of the discharge. The following are the situations when needs to be treated. There are variety of reasons due to which leucorrhea can occurs in women. The most common causes are vaginal infection and hormonal and metabolic disorders. Ayurveda considers that leucorrhoea is caused by the vitiation of kapha. It occurs mainly among weak, emaciated and anemic women. The followings are other well known causes: Stress and tension: The excess vaginal discharge can be due to following reasons: 1. Physiological reason: The normal discharge/secretion is expected to increase with rise of hormone level (estrogen) which is seen during puberty, during menstrual cycle, during sexual excitement, pregnancy.
2. Cervical reason: Non-infective cervical lesion can cause excessive secretion.
3. Vaginal reason: When pelvic congestion increase give rise to excessive discharge e.g. uterine prolapsed, chronic pelvic inflammation and use of contraceptive pills
Mostly there won't be any symptom other than discharge. Discharge may be slimy, viscid to dark coloured or even bloody with a foul smell.
In Trichomonal vaginitis Frothy, yellowish discharge is the primary symptom of leucorrhoea. Presence of local itching will confirm the diagnosis.
Monolial virginities is Commonly seen in patient who are diabetic or pregnant or taking antibiotics or oral contraceptive pills.
Cervicitis should be suspected in all patients of leucorrhoea who also complain of low backache.
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