Leucorrhoea is a condition
in which there is a whitish discharge from the vagina resulting
from inflammation or irritation of the membrane lining the
genital organs of the female.
It often occurs normally,
but if excessive may be a symptom of infection. Leucorrhoea is a
simple increase in the normal vaginal secretion. It may be
thick, viscid and foul smelling. There is normally more
discharge at puberty, when the sexual functions are becoming
Causes of Leucorrhoea:
It can be due to
inflammation of the womb following child birth, displacement of
the uterus. The most common causes are vaginal infection and
hormonal and metabolic disorders. Ayurveda considers that
leucorrhoea is caused by the vitiation of kapha. It occurs
mainly among weak, emaciated and anemic women.
Displacement of the womb, unhygienic
conditions: The other common causes of leucorrhoea are
displacement of the womb and unhygienic conditions which
attract the bacteria to the genital organs.
Injury - Injury to the vagina or
cervix or womb during childbirth, abortion, or excessive
sexual indulgence can cause erosions and infections with
Poor hygienic conditions and lack of
cleanliness – Non-hygienic measures, especially during
menses, can create infection and cause leucorrhoea.
Diabetes and anemia can cause
leucorrhoea due to weakened immunity.
Irritation of IUCD (Intra uterine
contraceptive device) can cause pain and discharges.
Sprays and jellies which are used
by males for provoking sexual act and jellies and drugs
taken by females to kill sperms to avoid conception can
The excess vaginal
discharge can be due to following reasons: -
1) Physiological reason:
The normal discharge/secretion is expected to increase with rise
of hormone level (estrogen) which is seen- During Puberty,
during menstrual cycle, during sexual excitement, Pregnancy.
2) Cervical reason:
Non-infective cervical lesion can cause excessive secretion.
3) Vaginal reason:
When pelvic congestion increase give rise to excessive discharge
e.g. uterine prolapsed, Chronic pelvic inflammation and use of
Signs and Symptoms for
Mostly there won't be any
symptom other than discharge. Discharge may be slimy, viscid to
dark coloured or even bloody with a foul smell. Some important
symptoms for leucorrhoea includes:
Trichomonal vaginitis: -
Frothy, yellowish discharge is the primary symptom of
leucorrhoea. Presence of local itching will confirm the
Monolial vaginitis: -Commonly
seen in patient, who are diabetic or pregnant, or taking
antibiotics or oral contraceptive pills.
should be suspected in all patients of Leucorrhoea who also
complain of low backache.
Other symptoms may be
Lower abdominal pain.
Painful sexual act.
Backache and pain in the leg, especially
thigh and calf muscles.
Soreness and burning in the genital
Burning urination and frequent urge to
pass very little urine.
Irritability and lack of concentration in
work due to consciousness of discharges.
Digestive disturbances like constipation
or diarrhea or vomiting.
General tiredness due to loss of vital
fluids as discharges.
Some Important Home
Remedies for Leucorrhoea are:
Tips 1: Amalaki seeds powder: The powder of this is very
beneficial for the treatment of leucorrhoea. A 2-3 grams / day
with Honey / Sugar will relieves the White Discharge.
Tips 2: Chandana athar: Five drops of Chandana Athar (Sandalwood
oil) to be taken with Peyan vazhaippazham (Plantain) twice
Tips 3: Mango seed powder: Mango seed powder in the dose of 1-2
gm's twice daily cure leucorrhoea.
Tips 4: Fenugreek Seeds: The 2 tsp of fenugreek seeds twice daily
will relieve from leucorrhoea.
Tips 5: Guava: Tender leaves of guava are useful in the treatment
Tips 6: Walnut leaves: A decoction of fresh walnut leaves for
douching will reduce leucorrhoea.
Herbal Remedies for
Curing Leucorrhoea Fast:
Tips 1: Bacopa Monnieri: It is a small, creeping herb that
contains the alkaloids brahmine and herpestine is effective herb
for the treatment of leucorrhoea.
Tips 2: Punarnwa: It is helpful to reduce the pain during