The presence of vaginal discharge in women is not uncommon. In fact, it is considered normal as the glands inside the reproductive organ naturally secrete fluids daily and are discharged through the vagina. This is one natural function that the body carries out daily in order to clean the vagina and keep it healthy.
What you must observe is the color, texture and odor of the discharge. It should not be odorous. Otherwise, there is an infection that is causing your discharge to become smelly. The normal vaginal discharge has clear color and milky texture.
The amount of the vaginal discharge will depend on the hormonal activity of the body including changes during menstrual cycle. Another reason could be stress and other underlying reasons that a woman is experiencing, such as medication and illness.
How to control vaginal discharge and prevent infection
Use only cotton panties and panty liners. Cotton will aid absorption of the discharge easily and they are cool to the skin. The use of panty liners will keep you dry and smelling fresh all day. You may have to change panty liners a few times if your discharges are heavy. Use the ones that are fragrance-free.
Washing off with feminine wash and warm water should be practiced to prevent vaginal infection and rapid growth of yeast. However, choose the unscented feminine wash to avoid allergic reaction from artificial additives. You should also avoid using colored toilet paper to wipe the vagina because they contain artificial dyes that can cause irritation. Use only the white ones.
Vaginal deodorants and sprays must also be avoided so as not to further irritate and worsen the condition of your vagina. If you have a smelly discharge, it may be a symptom of an infection. Refrain from using deodorant and perfumes. Consult your doctor to get the right medication.
Be sensitive and observant by keeping tabs on your discharges. Observe and count the days when your discharges are heavy; include also what food you have eaten and the degree of stress you experienced that may have contributed to the level of your discharges. When you see a pattern from your records, you will know what to avoid.