The Healthy v*gina – The v*gina serves as a passageway between the outside of the body and the inner reproductive organs. The pH balance of the v*gina is acidic, which discourages infections from occurring. This acidic environment is created by normally-occurring bacteria. A healthy v*gina produces secretions to cleanse and regulate itself, similar to how saliva cleanses and regulates the environment of the mouth. These v*gina secretions are normal v*gina discharge. Any interference with the delicate balance of v*gina secretions sets up an environment conducive to infection.Source: candyreader
Normal [email protected] Discharge –
All women have some [email protected] discharge. Normal discharge may appear clear, cloudy white, and/or yellowish when dry on clothing. It may also contain white flecks and at times may be thin and stringy. Changes in normal discharge can occur for many reasons, including menstrual cycle, emotional stressors, nutritional status, pregnancy, usage of medications – including birth control pills, and $exual arousal.
Effects of the Menstrual Cycle –
The menstrual cycle affects the [email protected] environment. You may notice increased wetness and clear discharge around mid-cycle. The pH balance of the [email protected] fluctuates during the cycle and is the least acidic on the days just prior to and during menstruation. Infections, therefore, are most common at this time.
Signs of Abnormal Discharge –
Any changes in color or amount of discharge may be a sign of a [email protected] infection. [email protected] infections are very common; most women will experience some form of a [email protected] infection in their lifetime. If you experience any of the symptoms below, this may be a sign of [email protected] infection:
Discharge accompanied by itching, rash or soreness
Persistent, increased discharge
Burning on skin during urination
White, clumpy discharge (somewhat like cottage cheese)
Grey/white or yellow/green discharge with a foul odor