White Discharge - Vaginal Infection - Itching of Private Parts

When And Why To See A Doctor?

  • White discharge is a common complaint of women seeking consultation from a Gynaecologist. 
  • Every menstruating woman will experience increase in white discharge in the middle of the cycle for a couple of days which is a normal phenomenon.
  • It does not require specific treatment and settles on its own. 

So when should a doctor be consulted?

  • When white discharge has lasted for many days. 
  • When it has foul odour and stains underclothes. 
  • When it is associated with pain in lower abdomen. 
  • When it is associated with frequency of urination and itching of private parts.

What causes this white discharge?

  • Most of the times it is caused by fungal or bacterial infection.

What kind of treatment is given for it?

  • Oral treatment consists of taking anti-fungal and antibiotics tablets.
  • Local treatment consists of creams to be applied to private parts.
  • Some medicated capsules/tablets called pessaries are meant to be inserted in the vagina and left there to take effect overnight.
  • Vaginal washes also help.

What if the complain comes back again and again?

  • This happens when the general health of the woman is not good. 
  • In this case certain blood tests and a specialized screening test for cancer of mouth of uterus (cervix) is carried out which is popularly known as Pap's smear.