What is Leukorrhea?
Leukorrhea is a white discharge you may experience before your period. It has fluid and cells that may come out from the vagina, ovaries, fallopian tubes, or, most likely, from the cervix.
This part of the menstrual cycle is called the luteal phase. At this time, progesterone is at the highest level in the body. The presence of more estrogen turns discharge to be watery or stretchy, which seems to be clear, while progesterone results in mucus or discharge, which is white or cloudy.
Thin, stretchy mucus appears to be fertile because it has eggs in it. Thick discharge is considered infertile cervical mucus. Infertile cervical mucus mostly appears between ovulation and the start of the period.
No matter if the discharge is white or yellow, it protects the tissues in the vagina and keep them lubricated. Until you experience signs like pain, itching, redness, inflammation, it is certainly normal to experience discharge before your periods begin.
However, in many cases, leukorrhea is a sign of some infection, especially when the discharge is different in colour than routine, say, green or yellow, and if it is followed by tissue inflammation or pain or discomfort.
The possible causes for white discharge before your period includes:
- Normal reproductive system functioning: White discharge before the period is a normal part of the menstrual cycle. Normal discharge at this point in time is called “egg white mucus as it looks stretchy, greasy, and odourless.
- Birth control: Taking birth control pills also result in discharge which appears due to changes in hormonal levels. This is just a complication of the hormonal birth control process.
- Bacterial vaginosis: Some bacteria are naturally present in the vagina, but when the natural balance of such bacteria in your vagina fluctuates, it may result in inflammation. The cause is unknown yet, and it has been linked to smoking, unprotected sex, douching, etc. The discharge will have a grey colour and appear to be smelly in nature.
- Pregnancy: A discharge that you get before your period can be an early sign of pregnancy. Discharge from pregnancy is similar to the discharge you get during your monthly cycle, just that it is usually thicker sticky than normal discharge.
- Yeast infection: Yeast infections are common and can occur with no apparent cause. But if you have been taking antibiotics, this elevates your risk of getting a yeast infection, especially right before your period. Discharge that is an outcome of a yeast infection is thick and white. Yeast infections usually result in a burning feeling in the vagina and cause discomfort or pain.
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STI or STD): Sexually transmitted diseases like trichomonas, chlamydia, gonorrrhea, etc., tend to result in yellow and pus-like discharge from the vagina. However, there are no signs to let you know. Trichomonas can perhaps lead to signs, including greenish or yellowish discharge and itching.
Signs and symptoms
If you experience any of these signs, you may need further medical evaluation:
- intense itching or soreness of the vulva;
- unusual vaginal discharge;
- fish-like smelly discharge;
- yellowish or thick curd-like discharge;
- bleeding in between two menstrual cycles;
- severe pain or cramps in the lower part of the abdomen;
- pain while urinating;
- swelling of the vagina;
- skin lesions around the vagina;
- lower back pain;
- bleeding during or after sex.
Ayurvedic treatment for leukorrhea
In Ayurveda, Shwetpradara means white discharge from the vagina. Almost all women experience Leukorrhea once in their life, and it is okay until there is some ongoing infection or gynaecological conditions associated with it. The type and consistency of discharge in women is dependent on the dosha that is affected.
Types of Leucorrhea
Physiological leukorrhea is not a major problem, but it should be treated early. It occurs during pregnancy due to aggravated estrogen.
Inflammatory leucorrhea develops due to the inflammation of the vaginal mucosa.
Parasitic leucorrhea: It occurs due to the trichomonas vaginalis. The usual signs include itching, burning sensation, white or yellow vaginal discharge.
The aggravation of doshas, especially Kapha dosha and Rasa dhatu produces white and painless discharge. As per Ayurveda, the types of Shwetpradara may include:
- Vataj Pradara: In Vataj Pradara, vaginal discharge appears to be dry, frothy.
- Pittaj Pradara: In Pittaj Pradara, the vaginal discharge is often white or yellowish, followed by a burning sensation.
- Kaphaj Pradara: The color of the discharge appears to be pale.
- Sannipatik Pradara: This type of Shwetapradara has the characteristics of all the doshas. Vaginal discharge is like ghee or honey that tends to be smelly.
- Rakta Pradara: It is characterised by heavy menstrual bleeding.
At AyuKarma, we work on therapeutic herbs and oils to pacify and calm the doshas. Through the procedures of ancient times, we aim to detoxify the body of all the waste substances in the body that tend to be harmful to health.
If you have any problem related to leukorrhea, you can talk to our female specialist. Our treatment is 100% authentic and free from any nagging effects.