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Vagina - What Is Normal & What Is Not?

Vagina - What Is Normal & What Is Not?

Vagina is an elastic, muscular canal lined with nerves, and soft and flexible lining that provides lubrication and sensation. It connects the uterus and cervix to the outside of body, allowing for menstruation, intercourse and child birth. It is a delicate organ which is prone to injury and infections.

Complications related to urination, menstruation and sexual intercourse, all affect the vaginal health. Here are few questions associated with vaginal problems that are commonly experienced but rarely discussed.

What is vaginal discharge?

Vaginal discharge is a fluid made by glands in the vagina and cervix. It contains a mix of vaginal secretions and cervical mucus.  Normally vaginal discharge starts after a girl gets her first menstrual period. It naturally keeps vagina clean and provides lubrication during sexual intercourse.

Is vaginal discharge normal?

Vaginal discharge is most often normal. The amount, odour and colour (clear to milky white-ish), can vary depending on the time of menstrual cycle. E.g. - More discharge during the time of ovulation. However, there are certain types of discharge that can indicate an infection and especially if associated with vaginal itching or burning one could be having infection or other condition. Abnormal discharge may be yellow or green, chunky in consistency or foul smelling.

What is vaginitis?

Vaginitis is an inflammation of the vagina. It can cause uncomfortable symptoms like discharge, itching and burning sensation.

What causes abnormal discharge?

Any change in vagina’s normal bacteria can affect the smell, colour and consistency of discharge. Few common causes that can upset normal balance are (A) Antibiotics and steroid uses. (B) Bacterial infections. (C) Yeast infections. (D) Sexually transmitted diseases. (E) Diabetes. (F) Douches and scented soaps. (G) Thinning and drying out of the vaginal walls during menopause, etc.

Prevention:

Normal vaginal discharge does not need to be prevented. Taking some precautions can sometimes prevent abnormal discharge.

  • Avoid douching.
  • Wear cotton underwear.
  • Practice safe sex by using condom, limiting number of sexual partners.
  • Use unscented soaps, tampons & pads.
  • Maintain good hygiene, etc.
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Hello, I experienced smelly brown discharge after period. It smells like a poop. Is it normal?

Hello, I experienced smelly brown discharge after period. It smells like a poop. Is it normal?
No its not normal. Is there any itching or burning. 1.You should maintain high grade of personal hygiene. 2.Do change your underclothes at least 2 times a day 3.Wear cotton under garments 4.Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids. 5.Keep the area dry for more details you can consult me.
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Is it normal to have brown discharge before period and late period. Also have period for 2 and a half day.

Is it normal to have brown discharge before period and late period. Also have period for 2 and a half day.
No it is not normal. It is sign of hormonal imbalance. You can consult me at Lybrate for homoeopathic treatment.
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I am 34 year old female. I have 3 and half year old baby. But now I am not conceive last 5 month. I have some issue starting my period time 5 days and cycle range 26 days but now it start 30 days 31 days etc. Every month 14 day of period I feel heavy stomach. And when I start intercourse in starting vaginal discharge like creamy milky white. I have did a scan .but no any problem in the scan. What to I do any suggestions.

I am 34 year old female. I have 3 and half year old baby. But now I am not conceive last 5 month. I have some issue s...
Pregnancy can occur only one day of the cycle that is ovulation day so unprotected sex around that day only important. As only one day in month nature should be given 12-24 trials (12 to 24 months) before couple need any active management by gynecologist or infertility specialist.
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I am 28 year old female I have uterus problem and inside the vagina .and liquid water sometimes a discharge and blood .which solution this problem.

Are ur periods regular. Any other problem. Get ur thyroid profile, CBC, blood sugar fasting checked from some lab. If everything is normal then do an ultrasound of abdomen. For more details u can consult me.
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I am 26 years old and underweight. Whenever I have sex with my husband it develops a white discharge from vagina which later develops into itching (sometimes) with no pain and last year I had a yeast infection. Please help.

You seem to have candida infection and need to apply Candid V3 vaginal pills for 3 days and your husband also needs Candid cream
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