What changes in my discharge may be signs of a problem?

>> Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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Vaginal discharge changes can be a sign of overall health in some women, and changes should never be ignored. Many of you come to me on a weekly or monthly basis with these concerns, and it can be confusing when the symptoms overlap and recur again and again.

It is because the symptoms can be subtle and overlap, that it is important for every woman to be aware of what is normal for her. Emotional stress and sexual excitement can cause changes in vaginal discharge. With sexual excitement it can become heavier or change in consistency, and with stress it may even decrease causing vaginal dryness.

Ovulation, as we've discussed previously, can thicken discharge to the consistency of eggwhites, which can alarm some women. This is a change for someone who has been on hormonal birth control that prevents ovulation, as they will not experience a change in discharge, as birth control prevents ovulation. These women experience a mild, odorless, thin discharge throughout the menstrual cycle.

Some of the first signs of a problem that could be pointing to abnormal vaginal discharge are usually color or irregular bleeding episodes. Most women will notice a dark yellow or greenish color, or darkish brown, and some will notice a change in consistency and amount.These changes may show an abundance of thick or watery-frothy discharge, or thick, sticky, cottage cheese-like, odorous discharge.

With vaginal infections, the discharge becomes constant and can cause discomfort, itching, burning, and rashes or bumps on the inner and outer areas of the genital and anal region. Some infections can get into the urinary tract and cause burning during urination, or the burning can be caused by external irritation around the urethra.

Some of these infections can become very serious if left untreated, and can progress further up into the uterus and fallopian tubes causing infertility . When this happens women can have severe pain, fevers and form pelvic abscesses. It is important to see your Doctor and get the appropriate care at this time to prevent severe illness or infertility consequences.

Douching with over-the-counter products is not recommended as a self -treatment for infection. Douching can force the infection upwards through the cervix and into the uterus and tubes, spreading the infection and making it worse.

Those who have the WaterWorks vaginal cleansing system, however, can use it as directed. WaterWorks uses only plain tap water uses a gentle sprinkling action to cleanse and rinse this area and does not force or push water or chemicals up into the vagina.

It is important to know and understand how your body works so you can be aware of any changes that occur. Then if there are any changes, see you doctor and get checked for infection. And don’t be afraid to ask. If you need more information on the WaterWorks system that is helping so many women go to: WaterWorksHealth.com.
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