Although we do not give importance to it and it even bothers us, vaginal discharge fulfills a very important function in the woman’s body, it protects the vagina from possible infections, as well as cleaning and moistening it. It is produced by the glands that are inside the cervix, the cervical glands release that mucus as a defense against bacteria.
Abnormal vaginal discharge
The flow keeps the vagina in constant humidity, giving it the right level of acidity, a pH of 3.5 to 4.5. If this level changes, we will be creating a perfect atmosphere for the incubation of different microorganisms. When this happens, our flow changes, so we have to stay vigilant and notice if we have any of the following symptoms.
- Different texture than usual.
- unpleasant smell
- Bleeding, when it does not correspond to menstruation.
- Color change, especially if it is greenish, grayish, or resembles pus.
- Itching and/or stinging in the genital area.
Candidiasis, bacterial vaginitis and gonorrhea are some of the diseases that cause these flow disturbances. If you observe them, do not hesitate to go to your gynecologist.
However, our flow can change depending on the day of the menstrual cycle in which we are. The level of hormones, such as estrogen, that our body has causes, for example, during the days that we are ovulating, the flow to be more abundant and, on the contrary, lesser the days before and after the period.