Have you noticed changes in the color or smell of your regular vaginal discharge and you’re wondering – how can I treat an abnormal vaginal discharge? A vaginal discharge is a natural occurrence for most women, but if it persists and develops an odor or starts to look unusual, it’s important to have it checked right away.
How can you tell if your vaginal discharge is abnormal?
An abnormal vaginal discharge is often yellowish-green in color, and may be accompanied by other symptoms such as irritation, burning, soreness, and itching. It can also be sticky and/or slimy in appearance, and can have an unpleasant smell.
How can you treat an abnormal discharge?
Before treating an abnormal discharge it’s important to identify the cause, especially if the discharge is chronic. There are times when it may require advanced diagnostic techniques to determine the underlying problem.
Chronic abnormal discharge is often due to an altered vaginal microflora. The vaginal microflora naturally consists of a mix of good bacteria (lactobacilli) along with some 30+ bad bacteria. The lactobacilli generally dominate, and keep the vagina healthy and free of infection. However, if the bacterial balance of the vagina is disrupted for any reason, this can result in an altered vaginal micro-flora pattern leading to secretions or an abnormal vaginal discharge.
If the abnormal vaginal discharge is caused by an altered micro-flora pattern, a customized treatment to restore balance to the vaginal environment is recommended. Dr. R. Stuart Fowler of Fowler Gyn International in Phoenix, AZ is an expert in vaginal health, and has conducted several landmark studies into altered vaginal micro-flora patterns. You can reach FGI at www.fowlergyninternational.com, or by calling (480) 420-4001.