Vaginal discharge is necessary for retaining the normal health of the vagina. It primarily helps to eliminate the dead and worn out cells and toxins from the vagina. The thick and whitish vaginal discharge is known as leucorrhea. In a normal healthy woman, a small amount of vaginal discharge, around a teaspoon per day, is considered normal. This is a normal part of the menstrual cycle. During ovulation, the amount of vaginal discharge might increase. Before the beginning of menstruation, it might become thick and sticky. Normal vaginal discharge is odorless. If you notice that your vaginal discharge has a foul odor or is yellowish in color, immediately consult your doctor. This might be the symptom of vaginal infection.
Symptoms of leucorrhea
Vaginal discharge with a foul odor, and itching, irritation and burning in the vaginal area are usually associated with infections of the vagina. Uncharacteristic vaginal discharge might be the symptom of a serious disease. You need medical attention if the amount of vaginal discharge increases suddenly, becomes thick and white or thin and gray, the vaginal discharge contains mucus and pus or it is frothy yellow green in color.
Home remedies for leucorrhea
To reduce the volume of vaginal discharge, you should limit intake of sugary foods. You should also restrict intake of hot and spicy foods and alcohol. If abnormal vaginal discharge is a symptom of fungal or bacterial infection, include fresh yogurt in your regular diet. The beneficial bacteria in yogurt and probiotic products could prevent overgrowth of infection causing organisms. Leucorrhea could be treated by taking a decoction prepared by boiling walnut leaves in water. You can also use this walnut leaves decoction as a douche. Drinking one to two glasses of cranberry juice everyday could help to cure vaginal infection and treat leucorrhea. You can boil a tablespoon of fenugreek seed in one liter of water. Simmer until the concoction is reduced to half. Allow this fenugreek decoction to return to room temperature and use this as a douche. To prevent leucorrhea, you should take steps to prevent vaginal infection. Regularly clean your vaginal area. Pat it dry after every wash. Wear cotton underwear that is not too tight.