Understanding Vaginal Discharge
The vagina is a passageway between the inner reproductive organs and the outside of the body. The natural vagina has an acidic pH balance, which helps to discourage infections from happening.
A healthy vagina actually produces secretions to cleanse and regular itself. This is sort of like how saliva cleanses and helps to regular the environment inside of your mouth. These vaginal secretions are called vaginal discharge.
Vaginal discharge is a fluid that is made by the vagina and cervix glands. These glands release fluid to flush out bacteria and dead skin cells. This helps the vagina maintain a normal pH balance.
Normal Vaginal Discharge
Every woman has vaginal discharge. Typically it will appear clear, white, or yellow. It may have white colored flecks and be thin as well as stringy at certain times. Changes in the discharge can happen due to emotional stressors, nutritional status, menstrual cycle, medications, and pregnancy.
Menstrual Cycle Effects
The amount, color, and odor of your vaginal discharge will vary depending on the time in your menstrual cycle. For example, at the beginning of your cycle discharge will be white and thick. Toward the middle of the cycle it will turn clear and watery.
When To Be Concerned
If changes in the amount and color of your discharge happen, it’s important to verify if there are any other symptoms. These other symptoms include:
- Itching, Soreness, Rash
- Persistently Increasing Amount
- Burning Sensation During Urination
- Clumpy, White Discharge (looks like cottage cheese)
- Yellow, Green, Grey, White Discharge With Foul Odor
Yeast Infections Due To Clumpy Discharge
Inside of the vagina, there is a small amount of Candida albicans, or yeast. When a yeast infection happens there is an overproduction of this type of yeast. This results in the vaginal pH being changed. This will cause changes in vaginal discharge as well as other aspects.
Symptoms And Signs:
- More Vaginal Discharge Than Normal
- Redness, Itching, Burning of the Vagina and Vulvar Area
- White, Clumpy Discharge (cottage cheese-like)
It’s important to note that the goal of treating your yeast infection should be to reduce the overgrowth of yeast organisms. You are not trying to eliminate all the yeast organisms, as a healthy vagina needs a smaller number of these organisms to function correctly.
The Different Options Include:
- Anti-fungal Tablets
- Vaginal Creams
- Vaginal Suppositories
- Medication Sprays
There are many different ways to treat your vaginal yeast infection. The easiest method by far is using a medicated spray.
Yeastrol is a non-prescription medicated spray that you use under the tongue. This allows the medication to quickly get into the blood stream and deliver fast relief to the site of the infection.
Many women prefer this easy to use spray because it’s affordable and it works. This is a completely homeopathic cure, meaning it’s made of all natural ingredients and has no side effects. There is nothing worse than trying a treatment and ending up making the infection and irritation worse. With Yeastrol you don’t have to worry about that.
Preventing Yeast Infections
We have compiled a list of good practices to help you avoid developing vaginal yeast infections. Let’s take a look at the things you can be doing…
- Avoid fragrances for pads, tampons, and odor control sprays. These can actually alter the level of your vagina pH, resulting in an overproduction of yeast.
- Don’t use Vaseline for lubrication.
- Stop douching. The vagina is self-cleaning and doesn’t need you to help it.
- Wear cotton underwear. This will allow air to enter the vagina and moisture to escape. When you wear other fabrics, such as silk, moisture is trapped in the panties. This creates a nice moist, warm environment for yeast to grow.
- Stay active, eat healthy, drink fluids, and get enough sleep.