In Pregnancy, as a result of increased blood supply to the genital organs, there is a increase in vaginal secretions. This physiological discharge is mucoid, transluscent, without foul smell, in optimum amount and do not stain the undergarments. It do not cause any discomfort, pain, burning or itching.
But, highly copious thick curdy or discoloured discharge, that is foul smelling, stains the undergarments and causes discomfort, pain, burning or itching to the pregnant mother is abnormal. It denotes infection and needs further evaluation and treatment.
Involuntary leakage of urine like copious discharge from vagina may indicate premature rupture of amniotic membranes.
Causes of Genital Infection:
1- Moistness of Genitalia.
When males mictuirates, their flow of urine passes away from the body. But, in case of females it wets the labia minora.
Habitually the females clean their vulva by washing, but, fails to dry. As a result of which the persistent moisture in the genitalia along with decreased immune system in pregnancy leads to persistent and recurrent vaginal infections and abnormal white discharge leading to discomfort, pain, burning and itching. So, the females must develop of keeping their genitalia dry and clean.
2- Sexually Transmitted Infections like Syphylis, Gonorrhoea, Herpes etc.
3- Use of public toilets and dirty water.
4. Use of common cloths and toiletries amongst family members leading to cross infections.
5. Irrational use of antibiotics lead to destruction of normal vaginal commensal bacteria – lactobacillus, leading to vulvo-vaginitis.
Simple methods to keep genitalia dry and clean –
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