Dr. Namrata Gupta

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Vaginal Discharge/Leucorrhea

Leukorrhea (also called Leucorrhoea) is a medical condition where a woman experiences white, thin and sticky vaginal discharge. It is also called as ‘Whites’. It is seen globally in women of reproductive age. Any deviation in its color, consistency and odor is an indication of infection and needs to be treated right away.

Women all over the world at some point in their life experience vaginal discharge called Leukorrhea. It is white (or clear), thin (or thick), sticky and odorless. Leukorrhea results from the mucus secreted from the walls of the cervix and vagina. It is caused by the increase in levels of hormones, especially estrogen. The presence of leukorrhea indicates that vagina is kept clean and is in healthy condition. Vaginal discharge is composed of mucus secreted from vagina and cervix along with old cells and normal bacterial flora of vagina.

Some women experience leukorrhea more frequently than others. Although, leukorrhea is common and considered normal to occur; however, many woman finds it scary and is uncomfortable. Further, women are embarrassed to discuss this condition with their peers and physician. Hence, leukorrhea becomes a challenge.