October 13, 2010

Cervical Cancer And Vaginal Discharge

Posted in Category : Women's Health

Watery Discharge from Vagina

All women experience vaginal discharge at some point during their lives. A small amount of vaginal discharge is completely normal. It occurs because the glands of the vagina and cervix produce fluid that helps to keep the vagina clean and lubricated at all times. This prevents germs and old cells from collecting inside the vagina. This kind of normal vaginal discharge is odorless and does not result in any discomforting symptoms. However in some cases, the appearance and consistency of the vaginal discharge may change. This occurs because of various factors such as vaginal infections, diseases, pregnancy, breastfeeding, ovulation, diet, intake of medications and stress.

Vaginal discharge may be one of the early signs of pregnancy. The discharge may appear white, pinkish or brown. It occurs due to an elevation in the levels of estrogen in the body and increased blood flow to the vaginal area. Watery vaginal discharge may also occur during sexual intercourse as the glands near the opening of the vagina produce mucus. This slippery mucus helps to keep the vaginal lubricated during sexual intercourse.

Abnormal vaginal discharge may occur due to a yeast infection which occurs when there is a rise in the levels of fungi in the vagina. The vaginal discharge during a yeast infection tends to be white and stringy. There is also likely to be swelling, redness and pain around the vagina. Many sexually transmitted disease or STDs are characterized by watery discharge from the urethra. Unusual vaginal discharge may also occur due to genital herpes which is a sexually transmitted disease. Bacterial vaginosis is another condition which results in a yellow, gray or white vaginal discharge which has a fishy smell. Trichomoniasis is a condition that is transmitted during sexual relations with an infected individual. Vaginal discharge in this case tends to be watery and yellowish. Cervical cancer is a serious condition which tends to occur in women affected by the HPV virus or those with weak immunity. Cervical cancer symptoms include abnormal vaginal discharge and vaginal bleeding. It is important to seek treatment when abnormal vaginal discharge is detected. In order to prevent vaginal infections and irregular discharge, it is advisable to maintain good hygiene. Protection must be used during sexual intercourse and lubricating oils must be avoided as these allow for breeding of bacteria. It is also advisable not to use perfumed soaps or powders in the vaginal area as these can cause irritation.