Leukorrhea is a type of vaginal discharge. It is actually the combination of secretions from the cervix and vagina, dead skin cells and normal vaginal bacterial flora. Leukorrhea is similar to the vaginal discharge that you experience between menstrual cycles, but only heavier.
It occurs during pregnancy as a thin, sticky milky substance which doesn’t have an odour. The amount of vaginal discharge increases as pregnancy progresses. It can also occur in women who are not pregnant and in female infants for two or three weeks post-natal owing to their exposure to estrogen during foetal development.
The reason leukorrhea is caused during pregnancy is generation of hormones, including estrogen. The significant production of estrogen increases the blood flow to the pelvic area and stimulates the body's mucous membranes.
In most of the cases, leukorrhea is not harmful and doesn’t indicate a problem. It occurs in non-pregnant women during ovulation. There can also be a discharge before a girl's first menstruation. You don’t require treatment for leukorrhea. As long as you're not heavily discharging this, it is a normal symptom of a healthy reproductive system
When the discharge is heavy, wear something comfortable, refraining from wearing tight underpants and keep the vaginal area clean and dry. If you are experiencing any unusual type of vaginal discharge during pregnancy or at any other time, you should see a health professional and not try any over-the-counter treatments or home remedies by yourself.
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