Almost every fourth woman at least once in her life was treated for vaginal infections. Unfortunately, in the whirlwind of hectic everyday life, many people notice signs of infection in themselves so late that only antibiotics can help them. Although the infection is quite easily recognized even at its early stage. And here, perhaps, the main symptom is vaginal discharge.
As soon as a woman notices some of their change (primarily in color, consistency and amount of secretion), she herself can assume what caused the disease: a bacteriological infection, a fungus or Trichomonas. After that, of course, she needs to see a doctor (despite the fact that we all do not like to go to doctors, and even more so to a gynecologist. And in vain, because the effectiveness of treatment is determined by early diagnosis) in order to get the appropriate course without delay treatment.
So, with bacterial infection vaginal discharge is most often white or gray, milky, thick, viscous. With a strong odor, especially after sexual contact or during menstruation. Burning is observed in almost a third of patients. However, there is no pain.
Fungus manifests itself as white and dense flakes with a slightly sweet smell. At the same time, burning is present almost constantly; as for pain, it is also absent (by the way, it is precisely because of this, as a rule, that many women do not consider this to be signs of a “real” illness).
Trichomonas are characterized, as a rule, by the fact that the discharge has a yellowish-green color; they are viscous and slightly foamy. With a rather pungent odor; sometimes there is a burning sensation, as if the bladder were inflamed.
By the way, you should know that in the period between menstruation, clear or transparent-whitish discharge without odor is considered normal. Any other secretions (those that have already been listed above, as well as purulent, curdled, foamy, with an unpleasant odor, as we have already said) are most often a manifestation of some kind of infectious process. However, do not try to treat yourself with medicines that helped, for example, your girlfriend in a similar situation. It is possible to prescribe antimicrobial therapy only after determining the causative agent of the disease, and only a gynecologist can do this, and even then not immediately, but after a series of tests. And this (self-medication) is the second reason why many infectious diseases are so neglected.
It is also necessary to consult a doctor in case of manifestation of bloody discharge – “spotting” or abundant, – not associated with the menstrual cycle. If spotting appeared during pregnancy and is also accompanied by pain, this should be done immediately. Abundant and prolonged (more than seven days) menstrual bleeding should also set you up for an unscheduled visit to the gynecologist.
And here it is quite easy to exclude the possibility of any discharge that is directly related, for example, to sexually transmitted diseases. Prevention here is the most primitive and well known to all. Just for this, it is desirable to have one permanent partner in sex, which in itself will be just a great moment in psychological terms and, moreover, will become an excellent natural protection against sexually transmitted diseases. But if for some reason this is difficult to do, try, in any case, to reduce their risk by performing the following simple recommendations.
Before you have sex, carefully inspect your partner. Remember that you can have some pretty serious problems if you are used to having sex in a dark room. Don’t you know how it can be done more sub-diplomatically without offending him? Try turning your inspection into a kind of game. For example, invite him to take a bath together or light candles in the bedroom. At the same time, try to discreetly examine the genitals and the places around them. If you suddenly notice a rash, abrasions, redness, uncharacteristic discharge, formations on the genitals, in no case do not have sexual contact. What it will threaten for you in the future, it is not difficult to guess.
However, the choice is always yours: unbridled passion with short pleasure and long-term follow-up treatment, or a serious conversation with a partner, which, alas, can sometimes lead to a complete break with him.
When using sex toys, it is necessary that they belong only to you. But if you still have to use strangers, wash them thoroughly beforehand, and be sure to wear a condom on the vibrator.
Always use a condom for casual relationships, especially during anal sex. Always carry it with you. Today the condom is the most simple and effective artificial protection. Do not forget to use all kinds of contraceptive pastes, foams, creams, gels, as they kill some of the microbes that cause sexually transmitted diseases, which means they will save you from the unpleasant secretions that accompany them.
Try to get screened for sexually transmitted diseases during your annual health check-ups. If you have more than one partner, try to be examined at least once every six months.
If you still find yourself with abnormal discharge, which is a sign of infection, do not fall into despair and panic. And most importantly – do not put off a visit to the doctor. After all, discharge is something like a fever with a cold or flu, which signals to you that something is wrong with the body. And this signal must be heeded. Don’t expect the disease to go away on its own. It is better to immediately visit the doctor together with your partner and in no case should you start with mutual accusations. During treatment, do not have sexual intercourse until your doctor tells you that you are healthy. Even if the discharge has already become normal, still listen to the advice of a specialist.