Leucorrhoea


Overview

Leucorrhoea is a flow of whitish or yellowish discharge of mucus from vagina. Discharge is a natural cleansing process in a female reproductive system to flush out harmful micro-organism. Normal discharges are thin, white and relatively odourless which occurs throughout the life plan of a female (more during the reproductive age) but If the discharge is  unusual,  there is change in colour, have distinctive smell or heavy then it might be a sign of infection. It is usually accompanied with irritation, itching, pain, or tissue inflammation.

Symptoms

  1. Unusual vaginal discharge.
  2. Yellowish or thick curd-like discharge.
  3. Fish-like smelly discharge.
  4. Severe pain or menstrual-like cramps in the lower part of the abdomen.
  5. Soreness of the vulva.
  6. Intense itching of the vulva.

In Ayurveda it is known as shweta pradara. According to Ayurveda there are three biological elements present in our body; vata, pitta and kapha which should be in balance. Leucorrhoea is caused by the vitiation of kapha; it occurs mostly among weak and anaemic women.

Causes

  1. Incompatible food like having milk and fruits together.
  2. Habits of sleep during the day.
  3. Sedentary lifestyle.
  4. Unmindful eating causing indigestion.
  5. Repeated abortions or miscarriage.
  6. Emaciation/ Condition causing weakness.
  7. Heavy weightlifting.
  8. Injury.
  9. Unhygienic conditions.
  10. Infections.
  11. Following unhygienic conditions post intercourse or unprotected sex.
  12. Hormonal imbalance
  13.  Alcohol and smoking.
  14. Grief and stress. 

Treatment

Treatment protocol aims at :

  1. Improving reproductive health and overall health of the body.
  2. Prevent recurrence by resuming hormone balance.
  3. Giving relief from the vaginal discharge and uncomfortable symptoms.

The first line of treatment should always be avoiding the causative factors. If problems persist  then consider the following treatment protocol:

  • Unusual, smelly (Fishy), yellowish or curd-like discharge, itching and soreness in vulva - Unhealthy diet and lifestyle, lack of hygiene and hormonal imbalance change the normal bacterial flora and pH of the vaginal secretion may predisposed to infections causing itching and inflammation reading to sore vulva. Pushyanug Churnam, Lodhra, Pravala bhasma, Nagakesara, Chandraprabha vati, and Dhataki will check the infection and regulate the discharge. It also increases strength and immunity.
  • Severe pain or menstrual-like cramps in the lower part of the abdomen.- Infection and inflammation in vagina causes pain. Manage the condition with Godanti and Ashoka.

(The above mentioned Ayurvedic drugs are Herbs and Herbo-mineral preparations)

Herbs

Pushyanuga Choornam, Pravala bhasma, Nagakesara, Godanti, Ashoka, Lodhra, Dhataki, Chandraprabha vati

When to see a doctor?

Make an appointment with your doctor if you have persistent signs and symptoms that cause you concern.


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