Excessive white and sticky material discharge from vagina is called leucorrhea. This discharge might be foul odour and stiffens when it dries on cloth. In Ayurveda leucorrhea is known by the name Swetpradar, hence swet means white while pradar means discharge. That’s why it is also known as white discharge. A large number of females are facing this problem. The number of patients are more in rural areas than urban areas because of lack of facilities and unhygeine.
What factors causes leucorrhea?
1. Unhygienic condition of vagina
2. Infection of genital tract
- Bacterial infection (More common in pregnant women or women with multiple sexual partner)
It produces a discharge that is thin and greyish white in color.
It is usually accompnied by foul and fishy smell.
- Trichomonas infection
It produces frothy, yellow- green vaginal discharge with a strong odour.
It is caused by Candida albicans.
It produce white discharge with excessive itching.
3. Antibiotic and steroid use.
5. Yeast infection
7. Douches, scented soaps
Which lab investigations can detect leucorrhea?
- Urine test (routine and microscopic)
- Vaginal smear – showing pathogenesis like Candida and Trichomonas Bacteria.
- Cervical smear- confirming cervitis and cervical erosion
- PAP test – rules out malignancy
Management of Leucorrhea?
These are some Ayurvedic formulations which will help to control leucorrhea:
- Boil three teaspoons of rice in three cups of water in an open pan. Remove the rice by straining the water and drink the lukewarm water with one teaspoon of sugar.
- Soak one teaspoon of coriander seeds in 1/2 cup of water overnight. Swallow the seeds and drink the water in the morning for one month.
- Pushyanuga Powder
- Pradarantaka Rasa
- Chandraprabha Vati
(Do not start self medication, Consult your Ayurveda Doctor first taking these medicines)
How to prevent Leucorrhea?
- Take Neem, Turmeric powder and Tankad, boil with water and wash Vagina daily with this water.
- Keep your genital area clean and dry, avoid soap and rinse with water only.
- Avoid douching.
- Always use condom during coitus to avoid STDs.
- Wear loose pants and shorts.
- Wear cotton underwears.
- Wash underwears with an Antibiotic solution, and let them dry under the sun.
- Avoid watching pornographic movies and reading pornographic text.
Written by: Dr. Ranjeet Singh