Is Brownish Leucorrhea has a strong smell?
Vaginal odor may vary throughout your menstrual cycle and may be especially noticeable right after having sex. Normal sweating also can cause a vaginal odor. Though it may be tempting to douche or use a vaginal deodorant to decrease vaginal odor, these products may actually increase irritation and other vaginal symptoms.
Signs of Leucorrhea
Leucorrhea should not smell nor should it itch. You may have noticed it occasionally as a wetness in your underwear near ovulation. During pregnancy due to the increased blood flow to the vaginal area and the increase in pregnancy hormones, likes estrogen, you may notice more of this discharge. Since it is made up of skin cells from your body it is not harmful and should not be considered a threat to the pregnancy. You may notice it throughout pregnancy or it may increase slightly as you near your due date. If you experience a lot of discharge consider wearing panty liners or small pads to help keep you feeling dry and fresh. One woman described leukorrhea this way, "Nothing ever really came out, but when I would go to the bathroom and wipe, there it was. It was never quite heavy enough that I needed a pad or anything like that. I just assumed that I was wetter because of the pregnancy. I was halfway through my pregnancy before I thought to ask about it. My midwife told me that as long as it didn't smell or itch, I shouldn't worry too much about it."
Despite what the marketing claims on some "feminine hygiene" products might lead you to believe, vaginas do not require scented wipes to make them smell good. Vaginas are self-cleaning, like ovens or high-tech litter boxes. But they are also body parts, so they're expected to have an odor.
Leaking any vaginal fluid, whether it’s brown discharge, bright red spotting, or white discharge, can understandably cause some worry. But, leukorrhea is usually harmless and common to see during your cycle and when you’re pregnant. However, if you ever observe any of these additional symptoms, it’s important to see your health care provider.
Itching or burning
Change in odor
Yellow or green tint
More discharge than usual
Pain in the pelvis or legs
Itching or irritation anywhere on the body can cause discomfort. But when it occurs in an area as sensitive as the vagina and vulva (the labia, clitoris, and vaginal opening), it can be especially uncomfortable. Most genital itching and irritation isn't a major concern. But because they can be symptoms of an infection, it's always a good idea to call your health care provider. Douching is not recommended, since this practice often disturbs the balance of normal vaginal flora, thereby exacerbating infection. If you’re trying to get pregnant and notice this discharge, talk to your doctor about receiving treatment soon because infections are causes of miscarriage.
If you’re already pregnant, leukorrhea is a part of normal pregnancy discharge, if you notice any major changes in consistency or amount, let your doctor know. If the discharge starts to have a foul odor or has the consistency of yeast infection, definitely see your doctor so that you can get the appropriate treatment as soon as possible.
Bacterial vaginosis an overgrowth of normally occurring vaginal bacteria is the most common vaginal infection that causes a vaginal odor. Trichomoniasis a sexually transmitted infection also can lead to vaginal odor. Chlamydia and gonorrhea infections usually don't cause vaginal odors. Neither do yeast infections.
This article is about how a leukorrhea can give you such a disease even you're pregnant or not. We always adviced that you should see our doctor specialist for you to be treated.
If you're concerned about an abnormal or persistent vaginal odor, see our doctor specialists at Hengkang Clinic or for more inquires call us (02) 356 - 0262 for a vaginal exam especially if you have other signs and symptoms such as itching, burning, irritation or discharge.