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White Milky Discharge: 6 Frequently met Causes, Diagnostics and Recommendations

White creamy discharge

One of the most common complaints, for which women consult gynecologists is the increase of the discharge amount, appearance of an unpleasant smell and genital discomfort. The aggregate of these symptoms may be indicative to this or that pathology. White milky vaginal discharge may be quite normal, or else it can result from Candidiasis, Dysbacteriosis, Trichomoniasis, postmenopause or oncological diseases. Everything depends on the detailed analysis of the discharge.

Read also: Possible Causes of White Discharge After Period

What is the Cause of Thick White Milky/Creamy Discharge?

This or that amount of vaginal secrete discharges from a woman’s organism every day. This discharge performs protective and reproductive functions. On one hand it prevents the development of pathological flora due to a high level of acidity in the discharged secrete – рН ≤ 4,0. It is conditioned by the microorganisms, that prevail in the vagina – the so-called lactobacilli. They provide for a healthy environment in the vagina.

On the other hand, the discharge is a nutritive environment for sperm cells, which “linger” in the uterine cervix, waiting for the detachment of the ovum and gaining strength all the while.

The performance of these functions becomes possible in case the balance of substances and harmony of micro flora in discharge in properly maintained.

When is the milky-white color of discharge considered normal?

Normal vaginal discharge may vary in color: from transparent to milky-white, since its basic component is the cervical mucus. The intensity of its secretion, and thus the amount of vaginal discharge, depends on the specific day of the menstrual cycle.

The basic «phases» of mucous secretion by cervical glands:

  • The passive period – «dry days» immediately after a period. Practically complete absence of discharge in this period can be explained by a low level of estrogen prior to the detachment of the ovum – the organism considers that there is no need to produce and expend cervical mucus during the days when fertilization is impossible;
  • Thick, sticky discharge – this type of secrete is different from pathological discharge as long as it’s interchanged by the next type of normal discharge in about two days and does not have any specific smell;
  • White thick creamy discharge – has the same properties as the previous type of secrete;
  • Semi-fluid discharge – testifies to the increase of estrogen level and imminence of ovulation;
  • Profuse, transparent discharge, resembling an «egg white» – this consistency is most propitious for the travel of sperm cells. The regular continuance of such discharge is 3 days, after which its intensity eventually declines. Ongoing massive fluid discharge should be considered as a symptom of a certain dysfunction.

Thus, the milky-white discharge that does not have any specific smell, indicates to normal function of the genital tract, provided its interchangeable intensity in accordance with the menstrual cycle.

When should one think of a pathology?

Apart from normal discharge, there are 5 other types of somewhat similar fluid, which can be discharged from the vagina:

  1. White discharge with a curdy consistency;
  2. Grayish-white (creamy) discharge;
  3. Watery light secrete of various colors, including foamy discharge;
  4. Profuse fluid semi-transparent discharge;
  5. Whitedischargewithadmixtures.

Whitemilky (curdy) vaginal discharge

Thick white creamy discharge

One of the most common originators of vaginitis (inflammation of the vagina) is the Candida yeast. The popular name of this disease is “thrush”. This discharge is rather specific – it resembles curd and is characterized by acid putrefactive odor. In addition, it causes symptoms of genital discomfort and significant swelling of the vagina.

Preventive measures, taken against this disease include immune system reinforcement and thorough hygiene, with the use of special medications, regulating the acid balance. This unpleasant disease can only be put on medication by a specialist, abstracting from individual course of this disease among different patients.

Creamy-white discharge

Dysbacteriosis (bacterial vaginosis) is anothercommon vaginal disease. It is conditioned by the rejection of normal vaginal micro flora by the Gardnerella vaginalis, which naturally exist in the vagina, but only in a limited number. A specific sign of Dysbacteriosis is the fish-like odor of profuse creamy discharge. At that, there is almost no irritation.

Preventive measures against Dysbacteriosis also include maintaining a balanced micro flora and a low level of рН. The treatment of Dysbacteriosis also requires an individual approach.

Fluid foamy discharge

Such a secrete might be white, and might also have yellow, grey and even greenish coloring. Its uniqueness is in its ability to form foam. There is also an unpleasant smell and signs of inflammation. These are the important symptoms of the Trichomonal vaginitis, which is a sexually transmitted disease.

Infection can be prevented by controlled sexual life, particularly a choice of an examined partner and usage of preservatives. In early stages Trichomoniasis actively responds to antibiotic treatment, but an inveterate process threatens with incurable complications, including infertility.

Watery discharge

Constant increase in the amount of watery discharge may indicate to many problems, from menopause to cancer of fallopian tubes. However, in the latest case, as well as in the case of ectopic pregnancy, there will also be painful sensations and bleeding.

Whatever it is, profuse watery discharge, that occurs out of the cycle, even if it doesn’t cause much discomfort, constitutes sufficient ground for undergoing clinical examination to find out the possible cause of its appearance.

Discharge with admixtures

Non-homogeneous and non-transparent discharge testifies to various diseases, from the Helminthic invasion to hormonal dysfunction and even cancer (bloody spots). It is impossible to differentiate such conditions on one’s own.

That is to say, in case you observe modification in the way the discharge looks, its intensity, as well as a specific smell from the white milky vaginal discharge, then you should be concerned about the fact, whether you have also had symptoms, which should put you on alarm:

  • Itching;
  • Burning pain;
  • Irritations of the skin and mucous lining;
  • Urination dysfunction;
  • Any admixtures, present in the discharge.

If the answer is positive, then you should immediately see your gynecologist.

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