Leucorrhoea is a medical term for a condition
in which there is an excessive whitish discharge from the vagina. It is
very common in females nowadays, i.e. more than 30 per cent of girls
suffer from leucorrhoea and feel discomfort and pain. It may be mild to
severe, and varies from person to person. It may be thick and viscid,
and foul smelling if it is caused by some infection.
All females of reproductive age groups (menarche to menopause) are
prone to leucorrhoea at some time or the other. Pathological
leucorrhoea occurs more commonly in people with poor hygiene and
prostitutes, as they are more prone to venereal diseases, pelvic
inflammatory diseases, etc.
There are two types of Leucorrhoea:
leucorrhoea is an excessive discharge or secretions of a
normal vagina. They are slimy in nature. Here only the amount of
secretion is increased and all the other nature of secretion is the
same. Also, any leucocytes, pus cells, bacteria or blood is not present
in the discharge.
1.In newborn baby for few weeks due to mother's estrogen hormone.
Pathological leucorrhoea is a discharge occurring due to
disease or malfunction of the female reproductive tract. It is the
alarming sign for requirement of cleanliness and treatment. The nature
of discharge varies from slimy to thick bloody discharge with foul
2) Injury - Injury to the vagina or
cervix or womb during childbirth, abortion, or excessive sexual
indulgence can cause erosions and infections with discharges.
- From FUNGUS - Candida albicans can easily flourish in moist
circumstances and is commonly promoted by synthetic undergarments and
poor hygienic condition.
- FROM PARASITES - protozoa - Trichomonas vaginalis causes
the Trichomoniasis which spreads usually through sexual intercourse and
- FROM BACTERIA- Gardnerella vaginalis and chlamydia are the
prime causes in bacterial infections. Also, it is frequently seen in
venereal diseases like gonorrhoea, syphilis, and AIDS.
3) Poor hygienic conditions and lack of cleanliness - non hygienic
measures, especially during menses, can create infection and cause
4) Diabetes and anaemia can provoke infections due to weakened
5) Spread of infection from adjacent urinary tract (UTI) or alimentary
6) Irritation of IUCD (Intra uterine contraceptive device) can cause
pain and discharges.
7) Sprays and jellies which are used by males for provoking sexual act
and jellies and drugs taken by females to kill sperms to avoid
conception can also irritate and initiate the infective process.
Leucorrhoea can also be classified as cervical leucorrhoea or vaginal
leucorrhoea i.e., according to the place of its origin - cervix or
The discharge is often white. Flow may stiffen the linen or simply
leave back a trace of white powder or scales. In most cases discharge
emanates from the uterine cavity or vagina. In catarrhal or idiopathic
variety of leucorrhoea the discharge is in mild and liquid form. The
discharge from the uterus is often from uterine cavity. In certain
ladies leucorrhoea discharge sets in even 8-10 days before anticipated
period of menses and stops as soon as menses appear but in others, it
may start when menses are over.
In addition to the whitish discharge from the vaginal tract, there is
weakness as well as pain in the lumbar region and the calves. A burning
sensation may be present along with constipation. There appears to be a
direct relationship of this disease with a nervous temperament. The
patient develops black patches under the eyes. Late nights precipitate
1.Complete blood count to know general health condition
2.Smear of discharge to distinguish physiological and pathological
3.Discharge culture to determine causative organism
4.Cervical biopsy to rule out cervical cancer.
1.Maintenance of hygiene.
2.Sexual intercourse during heavy discharges should be avoided.
3.Stress and strain should be avoided since it may affect the
hormonal level and may increase secretions.
4.Sharing of towels and underwear should be avoided.
5.Balanced and nutritious diet should be taken.
6.Plenty of water and juices should be taken to avoid urinary tract
Role of Homoeopathy
It will help in boosting the immunity power of the patient with the help
of medicines so that there will be natural elimination of the disease
condition. Homeopathic prescriptions are based on the nature and time
of the discharge and also upon the patient's constitution. The
treatment can give permanent relief to recurrent leucorrhoea. The
earlier you treat, speedier the cure. Complete cure without
any adhesions is possible.
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