Normally, women should not have discharges. That is why most women would worry when they observe an increase in their vaginal discharges. If you are among these anxious women, then you may want to know the causes of an increase in vaginal discharge. There are pathologic and non-pathologic causes of increased discharges. Knowing exactly what the causes are would help dispel your anxieties. Here are some causes of increased vaginal discharges.
*Pre and Post-menstrual discharges
These discharges are normal and occur in majority of women. The cause is hormonally related and would disappear normally after a few days. You do not have to worry about these occurrences because it is part of the natural cycle of the body.
*cheesy, white to yellow discharges
These are caused usually by fungal infections like Candida albicans. These microorganisms are commensal in nature and are part of the normal gut and mouth flora, but when the amount of candida albicans becomes greater than the other normal microorganisms existing in the mouth and the vagina, candidiasis occurs. Immunocompromised patients like those having AIDS can be seriously affected by these yeast cells resulting to death. The increase of the concentration of Candida albicans can also be because of antibiotic treatment which kills the bacteria but not this fungi.
*Yellow, purulent discharges
These discharges can occur due to several disease conditions which are usually related to sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea and pelvic inflammatory diseases (PID). The condition may be asymptomatic or be accompanied by symptoms like hypogastric pain (pain in the lower abdomen), and painful urination.
The presence of the gram negative diplococci in the discharge when tested in a vaginal smear or urethral smear is conclusive of Neisseria gonorrhea infection. During the infection patient should not have any sexual activity as this is transmitted through sexual contact.
*Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
For Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, the same yellow discharge is observed. It can also be symptomatic or asymptomatic. The symptoms are similar to gonorrhea: painful urination, hypogastric pain, and sometime fever. The diagnosis is done by finding large amounts of pus cells in the smear and proliferation of gram negative bacilli.
These are the most common conditions that can cause increase in vaginal discharges. If you experience any of these symptoms, then it would be wise to consult your gynecologist. Laboratory diagnostic exams can help the doctor in identifying the exact causative agent or microorganism that causes the condition. This way, you could be treated accordingly.