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Leukorrhea



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What Is Leukorrhea

Leukorrhea is a white or yellow discharge from the vagina, and it can commonly be a symptom of condition affecting a reproductive organ or other organ in the body.  While the glands of the vagina normally secrete a certain amount of mucus like fluid (most often during ovulation, before a menstrual period, or when sexually aroused), Leukorrhea may indicate another condition or health problem.  A thick discharge may indicate an infection, while a thinner discharge may mean that there is a chronic, less significant disorder. 

Signs Of Leukorrhea

Leukorrhea itself can be a symptom, resulting in a white or yellow discharge from the vagina.   This discharge is usually experienced during puberty, when a female's sexual structures are developing, or it is common during pregnancy.  It can also occur if there is an infection in the vaginal tissues.  Common symptoms are:

  • White or yellow discharge
  • Laziness
  • Weakness
  • Digestive discomfort
  • Itching in the genital region
  • Lower back pain
  • Headaches
  • Constipation
  • Mood swings or irritability
  • Spots in the underwear
What Causes Leukorrhea

Leukorrhea is frequently caused by Trichomoniasis, Candidiasis, and Bacterial Vaginosis.  It can also stem from a cervical infection, or it can be an early indication of cervical cancer.  Depending on the color and scent of the discharge, a woman may be able to determine the cause.  Because Leukorrhea is a symptom, it is usually indicative of another infection or condition of the genital or pelvic region.  Common causes of Leukorrhea are listed below:

  • Bacterial vaginosis (BV): resulting from an overgrowth of one of the organisms in the vagina.
  • Yeast Infections: usually due to a naturally occuring fungus called Candida albicans. 
  • Trichomoniasis: caused by a parasite that is usually contracted during sexual intercourse.
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (such as Gonorrhea or Syphilis)
  • Excessive or insufficient ovarian hormones
  • Cervical infection during childbirth
  • Atrophic Vaginitis (more common in older women after Menopause)

Dherbs Approach...adjusting your diet is always key!

Natural Remedies
  • Garlic has incredible antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties that can help combat Leukorrhea. You can eat raw garlic, juice or blend it in a smoothie, or wrap an unpeeled garlic clove in gauze and stick it in your vagina.  If you opt for the latter option, be sure to only leave the garlic clove in the vagina for 30 minutes, and no more than once a day.  
  • Fenugreek seeds can be very helpful in restoring the vagina's pH balance and boosting the immune system. The best way to help yourslef is by steeping 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in 1 cup of hot water.  Let them steep for 5 minutes before straining the tea.  You can add 1 teaspoon of raw, organic honey to add a little flavor. 
  • Tea tree oil can be a great way to remedy the symptoms of Leukorrhea.  The oil contains antiviral and anti-fungal properties that can help kill the excessive discharge.  Add a few drops of tea tree oil to a small bowl of warm water, mix up the solution, and gently rinse the opening of the vagina (or affected area) once daily until symptoms subside.  If you don't want to do that, you can add 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil and 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a luke-warm bath.  Soak in it for 15-20 minutes to help with symptoms. 
  • You may think that douching can help remedy Leukorrhea, but it actually can cause it to worsen.  Douching can remove healthy bacteria, which help to prevent yeast cells in the vagina from growing in excess.  And don't douche with vinegar, as vinegar can increase pain when it comes to Leukorrhea.  If bad bacteria is more present than good bacteria in the vagina, douching can be a good natural remedy.
  • Apple cider vinegar can be an effective remedy to reduce Leukorrhea.  Because a common cause of Leukorrhea is a change in the body's pH balance, the acidity of apple cider vinegar can help regulate the pH level and restore balance in the body.  You can do this by mixing 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in 1 cup of water.  Drink this solution once a day until the symptoms subside.  
  • It can be beneficial to eliminate sugar from your diet because this can help a woman recover from Leukorrhea. In addition to avoiding sugar, avoid meat, medications, dairy products, salt, and processed foods because these things can contaminate the body with toxins and create an imbalanced pH level.  Switching to a more plant-based diet can give the body essential nutrients, while also helping it maintain a neutral pH balance. 
  • Decrease the amount of stress in your life because stress can contribute to a hormonal imbalance and result in Leukorrhea.  Try acupuncture, meditation, Tai Chi, or yoga, as all of these help establish a healthy mind/body connection.  Acupuncture and Tai Chi also promote healthy circulation, which is important for a healthy body. 
Things you should eat
  • Chickpeas
  • Garbanzo Beans
  • Lima Beans
  • Lentils
  • Mung Bean Sprouts
  • Summer Squash 
  • Rutabaga
  • Raw Nuts and Seeds (almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds)
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Green Pepper
  • Dark Leafy Greens (spinach, kale, & chard)
  • Radishes
  • Parsley
  • Lemon/Lime
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Lettuce
  • Onion
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