A small amount of daily vaginal discharge is common in most women. Some breast cancer treatments can cause more or different discharge.
Normal discharge is usually:
clear, white, or opaque in color
thin and sticky or thick and gooey in appearance
Abnormal discharge can be:
more voluminous than usual
thick and white or yellowish in color (sometimes resembling cottage cheese); a cottage-cheese-like discharge can be a sign of a yeast infection. If you think you might have a yeast infection, call your doctor. Medicines are available to help.
If the discharge looks bloody, see a doctor immediately. Bloody discharge can be a sign of a serious medical condition.
The following breast cancer treatments can cause vaginal discharge:
tamoxifen, a hormonal therapy
Fareston (chemical name: toremifene), a hormonal therapy
Some bisphosphonates (bone-strengthening medicines) can cause a white vaginal discharge as a side effect.
Managing vaginal discharge
Take daily shower...
<p><strong>What Is Vaginitis?</strong></p>
<p>Vaginitis is a disorder of the vagina caused by infection or inflammation. It is often a result of infection by one of various microorganisms, but vaginitis may also be caused by irritation from soaps or medications, an allergic reaction, or hormonal changes. The three most common types of vaginitis are candidiasis (yeast infection), trichomoniasis (infection by a tiny, one-celled organism called a protozoan), and bacterial vaginosis. These three types account for more than 90% of all vaginitis seen in non-menopausal women. Menopausal women may get atrophic vaginitis associated with thinning of the walls of the vagina. This is due to estrogen deprivation.</p>
<p>Although irritating, vaginitis is not a serious health risk, and it typically subsides quickly with treatment. Recurrent or persistent cases may be associated with an underlying medical condition.</p>
As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, three types of cancer can result in a women entering menopause and/or experiencing menopausal symptoms. I’ve already focused shareposts on ovarian cancer and uterine cancer (also known as endometrial cancer) so now it’s time to learn about the third type of cancer – vaginal cancer.
Fortunately, vaginal cancer is rare. The Mayo Clinic reports that this type of cancer occurs in the vagina, which is the muscular tube that connects the uterus with the outer genitals. PubMed Health , which is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, reported that the most frequent type of cancerous vaginal tumors are considered secondary types of cancer caused by the spread of another cancer, such as cervical or endometrial cancer.
Interestingly, primary vaginal cancer – which is when the cancer begins in the vagina - rarely occurs. When this type of cancer does occur, it typically starts with one of four different types of cance...
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