WHAT IS LEUCORRHOEA ?
Leucorrhoea, also known as whites, is a medical term used to describe a condition where women experience a thick white or yellow colored discharge from the vagina. Although vaginal discharge is important for maintaining good genital health, changes in the discharge require medical attention in order to prevent infections. The main role of vaginal secretions is to expel harmful bacteria and other organisms from the body. Normal vaginal secretions are clear and odorless whereas leucorrhea is often thick and accompanied by foul odor.
Leucorrhea is generally of two types, physiological and pathological. Physiological leucorrhea refers to vaginal discharge because of physical factors like excitement or nervousness.
Physiological leucorrhea is common under the following circumstances:
- In newborn infants, especially female babies because of the presence of maternal hormones like estrogen
- During puberty in girls because of hormonal changes
- During the ovulation cycle and in early pregnancy
- Due to sexual excitement
- Whitish or yellowish discharge from the vagina
- Frothy and foul smelling discharge
- Pain in the calves and lumbar region
- Lethargy and weakness
- Heaviness in the abdominal region
- Vaginal itching
- Frequent headaches
- Digestive problems
- Black patches on the skin under the eyes
- Spotting on the underwear