Leukorrhea – White Discharge

LEUKORRHEA is a kind of vaginal discharge. It is actually the combination of secretions from the cervix and vagina, dead pores and skin cells and normal vaginal bacterial flora. Leukorrhea is similar to the vaginal discharge that you experience between menstrual cycles, however, if vaginal discharge is yellow or green with offensive odor, accompanied by irritation, itching, pain is a sign of infection.

There are many causes of leukorrhea, the usual one being estrogen imbalance. The quantity of discharge may extend due to a vaginal infection, and it may also disappear and reappear from time to time. This discharge can keep occurring for years, in which case it turns into more yellow and foul-smelling. It is generally a non-pathological symptom secondary to inflammatory conditions of vagina or cervix.

Sometimes Vaginal discharge is not abnormal, and causes of change in discharge consist of infection, malignancy, and hormonal changes. It sometimes happens before a girl has her first period, and is considered a sign of puberty.


Physiologic leukorrhea

It is not a most important difficulty however is to be resolved as quickly as possible. It can be a natural defense mechanism that the vagina uses to keep its chemical balance, as well as to maintain the flexibility of the vaginal tissue. The term “physiologic leukorrhea” is used to refer to leukorrhea due to estrogen stimulation.

Leukorrhea may happen typically during pregnancy. This is caused by elevated blood flow to the vagina due to increased estrogen. Female infants may have leukorrhea for a short time after delivery due to their in-uterine exposure to estrogen. Leukorrhea can also be caused by sexual stimulation.

Inflammatory leukorrhea

It can also result from inflammation or congestion of the vaginal mucosa. In cases where it is yellowish or gives off an odor, a doctor should be consulted since it could be a sign of various disease processes, including an organic bacterial infection (aerobic vaginitis) or STD.

After delivery, leukorrhea accompanied through a backache and foul-smelling lochia (post-partum vaginal discharge, containing blood, mucus, and placental tissue) can also suggest the failure of involution (the uterus returning to pre-pregnancy size) due to infection. A number of investigation such as wet smear, Gram stain, culture, pap smear, and biopsy are suggested to diagnose the condition.

Parasitic leukorrhea

Leukorrhea is also caused by trichomonads, a group of parasitic protozoan, especially Trichomonas vaginalis. Common signs of this disorder are burning sensation, itching and discharge of frothy substance, thick, white or yellow mucous.

Symptoms of leucorrhoea:

  • Thick whitish/ yellowish discharge.
  • Lower abdominal pain.
  • Painful sexual act.
  • Backache and pain in the leg. Intense itching of the vagina.
  • Burning urination and frequent urge to pass very little urine.
  • Irritability and lack of concentration in work.
  • Digestive disturbances like constipation.
  • Tiredness due to loss of vital fluids as discharges.
  • Strong smell or frothy discharge and rashes or sore spots on the genitals.

Diet and Lifestyle Advice

  • Drink plenty of water, Stay well hydrated.
  • Eat more of fresh fruits and vegetables, Include bananas, cranberry juice, oranges, lemons, black plums, okra, leafy greens, onions, yogurt in your diet.
  • Include healthy herbs and spices such as ginger, garlic, fenugreek and coriander in your diet.
  • Eat complex carbs (like whole grains, brown rice, oats, etc), lean protein (fish, yogurts, nuts, sprouts, etc) and low-fat dairy products.
  • Maintain proper hygiene. Wash undergarments with an antibiotic solution, and let them dry under the sun.
  • Wear loose, cotton clothes and garments.
  • Exercise daily. Start with morning walks daily morning.
  • Avoid simple carbs like white rice, white bread, maida, refined products, etc.
  • Avoid foods that will aggravate this problem or increase your chances of getting leucorrhoea so avoid all heavy, oily, fried, sugary, spicy, and sour foods.
  • Avoid tea, coffee, alcohol, aerated drinks.
  • Avoid excessive intake of non-veg food.
  • Avoid wearing tight-fitting synthetic or nylon undergarments

Homely remedies for leucorrhoea

  • Drink the water residue which is used for the preparation of white rice which is the best remedy to treat white discharge because of heat.
  • Boil a liter of water and add 3 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds to it. Continue to boil till the water reduces to half. Cool and drink a bowl of this water every morning. It has great properties, which can help to treat leucorrhea naturally.
  • Take a glass of water and add a tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice to it. Wash your vaginal area with this water and wash Vagina with Neem water.


If the discharge is yellow or green, and has an offensive odor, and is accompanied by irritation, itching, pain, tissue inflammation or caused by sexually transmitted diseases treatment is recommended.


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