Leucorrhoea, commonly known as whites, refers to a whitish discharge from the female genitals.The vaginal discharge plays an important role in healthy vagina  The secretion are designed to flush out bacteria and other organism to prevent infection . Normal secretion is  odourless and  clear milky color. Normally the quantity of vaginal secretions varies throughout the menstrual cycle, peaking at ovulation and also increasing when under emotional stress.

Leucorrhoea is an abnormal condition of   the reproductive organs of women. If not treated properly in the initial stages, it may become chronic. Recent investigations have shown that secretions from the uterus and upper part of the vagina flow down and are reabsorbed in the lower parts of the vagina. This is the normal constant flow within the female organs. The whitish discharge is, however, caused by the presence of infection in any of these tissues and a variety of other factors. Leucorrhoea condition may continue for weeks or months at a time.

Types of leucorrhea

There are two types of Leucorrhoea, Physiological and Pathological. In physiological Leucorrhoea, the discharge is normal due to excitement or other factors like nervousness. Such a discharge need not be worried about. It is found under following conditions:

  • Seen in newborn baby for a week due to maternal oestrogen.
  • Seen in girls during puberty due to hormonal changes.
  • At the time of ovulation and in early pregnancy.
  • During sexual excitement.

In pathological Leucorrhoea the causes are:

  • General ill health and under nutrition.
  • Dysfunctional state in genital tract.
  • Psychological factors.

Leucorrhoea in young girls

In young girls, leucorrhoea may occur during the few years before and after the start of the menstrual flow . It may be due to an irritation of the genital organs caused by various factors such as dirt, soiled under garments, intestinal worms and excessive mental stimulation of sex or masturbation. Some excess secretion is normal when the girl reaches puberty, due to overactivity in her sex glands and organs. This usually disappears within a short time. In your women, leucorrhoea may occur during ntermenstrual periods, due to thickening of the mucous membrane in the reproductive organs. Such a discharge is associated with painful menstruation and other menstrual disorders.

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