It is a question that is often asked: Is my vaginal discharge normal or should I be worried that something is wrong? The answer is: It depends. Every woman experiences some vaginal discharge and usually, it signals a healthy vagina but there are times when you should talk with your doctor.
What is Normal Discharge?
The pH in your vagina is naturally acidic to help prevent infections. This acidity is caused by “good” bacteria created by your body. Your vagina produces secretions to help cleanse your vagina, much like the saliva in your mouth. The secretions are released every day cleaning out old cells. The secretions also help prevent infections and keep your vagina lubricated.
As the secretions flow out of your vagina, you may see some discharge. Normal discharge is clear or milky white. It can sometimes appear yellowish when dry on clothing. You may also see small white flecks or, depending on your menstrual cycle, it may be thin and stringy.
Completing menopause can trigger regular urinary tract infections (UTIs), which are an infection in any part of the urinary system (including the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra). Most of these infections involve the lower urinary tract, which is made up of the bladder and the urethra. These infections can be painful if it only affects the bladder. However, a UTI that spread to the kidneys can have serious consequences.
However, a new study suggests that a specific type of hormone replacement may be useful in fighting UTIs. The study out of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that taking vaginal estrogen can serve as a preventive measure in stopping urinary tract infections among postmenopausal women.
In this study, researchers used animal models to identify ways that estrogen could stop recurring tract infections. Additionally, they used cells taken from postmenopausal women who had taken supplementary vaginal estrogen over a two-week period. Th...
It’s a common question that often is asked on HealthCentral’s menopause site - What’s a normal period when you’re going through perimenopause? That’s because some women report that their periods are lighter and may just involve spotting while others describe extremely heavy periods. And some women miss a period and then experience a heavy period.
It turns out that irregular periods are normal. “In the years preceding menopause, women experience changes in their menstrual cycle,” HealthCentral.com stated. “The time between periods can become shorter or longer and periods may last a longer or shorter number of days. Bleeding can be heavier or lighter, and change in flow from month to month. It is also normal for periods to skip a cycle.”
In their book “The No-Nonsense Guide to Menopause,” Barbara Seaman and Laura Eldridge note that hormone fluctuations cause these changes. “Specifically, it seems that wh...
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