Leukorrhea is quite common in women. Leukorrhea is the condition where there is thick, cloudy, whitish or yellowish discharge from the vagina. This often occurs between menstrual cycles or during pregnancies and lasts for a couple of days or weeks.
Leukorrhea could be considered normal especially if it is not accompanied with itching, discomfort, irritation, and odor.
However, leukorrhea could also be considered abnormal. This kind of leukorrhea could be caused by estrogen imbalance, STDs or vaginal infection.
Other factors that could lead to abnormal vaginal discharge include; diabetes, anemia, and poor hygiene such as forgotten tampon in the vagina.
Here are some tips and good practices, to consider, when you have excessive vaginal discharge;
- Observe good hygiene practices especially around your genitals.
- Avoid using sprays and harsh chemicals as they would only irritate the region.
- Do light exercises often to boost your immune system and improve your blood circulation.
- Avoid fried and spicy foods. They would increase vaginal odor.
- Avoid sugary foods.
- Avoid coffee, alcohol and carbonated beverages.
- Increase your water consumption as water helps to flush out toxins and also helps to hasten recovery.
- Wash undergarments daily, using an antibiotic solution, and let the undergarments dry under the sun.
- Relax and rest a lot. Endeavor to have restful sleep and practice relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation. These would help hasten your recovery.
- Avoid wearing tight or synthetic undergarments. Such undergarments restrict airflow around the genitals.
- Use pads, not tampons, if you have an infection.
There are home remedies and natural treatments you can use to help treat excessive vaginal discharge and its symptoms. You should also consider consulting your doctors before trying any home remedy, especially if you are pregnant.
Below are natural treatments and home remedies for alleviating abnormal vaginal discharge (leukorrhea);
1. Plain Yogurt
Yogurt contains the ‘good’ bacteria that help to curb vaginal discharge, especially during pregnancy. To keep infections at bay, take one cup of plain yogurt alongside your diet. You can also apply some yogurt on the exterior walls of the vagina and leave it for thirty minutes. Reapply two times a day to get rid of the infection.
2. Fenugreek Tea
Fenugreek herb has incredible antibacterial properties that help to maintain the right vaginal pH. It also promotes regular menstrual cycles and a healthy hormonal balance. To get rid of vaginal discharge, grind one spoonful of fenugreek seeds and mix with one cup of water. Simmer the mixture for thirty minutes and drink twice a day. Alternatively, you can soak some seeds in a basin of water and let them stay overnight. Wash your vagina, with the fenugreek water, in the morning to remove the foul smell.
Garlic contains bioactive compounds, such as allicin, that help to eliminate hundreds of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Besides that, it eliminates the bad odor without interfering with the pH of your vagina. For these reasons, you should consume a few garlic cloves along with a glass of water in the morning. You can also crush a few cloves to make a paste and spread on the affected area. Continue with this remedy until the symptoms disappear.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
ACV contains antiseptic and acidic properties that are beneficial in treating Leukorrhea. Plus, it helps to restore the natural pH balance. Just fill your bathtub with water and then add two cups of ACV. For optimal results, sit in the water for thirty minutes. If you want to make the solution more potent, you can add some sea salt. This way the discharge will clear sooner than you might have expected. Alternatively, you can dissolve unfiltered vinegar in a glass of water and drink once every day.
5. Basil Leaves
This herb has marvelous medicinal value. It’s rich in antimicrobial and antibiotic properties. To get rid of Leukorrhea, extract some juice from the leaves, by crushing the leaves, and mix with an equal portion of honey. Take one tablespoon of the extract twice a day for two weeks. You can also mix one tablespoon of fresh basil juice with equal portions of cumin powder and milk. Use this treatment once a day for three weeks.
Guava leaves are full of antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. They can combat all sorts of infections effectively. When you boil guava leaves, the resultant tea is an effective remedy for vaginal discharge. Drink the solution three times a day.
Cranberry juice can help to flush out toxic substances from the body. It’s acidic, so it also inhibits bacteria from attacking your vagina. To eliminate the bad odor, extract some juice from fresh cranberry and drink twice a day.
8. Pomegranate Leaves
These leaves contain anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that are beneficial in the treatment of vaginal discharge. While it’s beneficial when eaten as a fruit, the leaves also hold the medicinal value. To use this remedy, take a handful of pomegranate leaves, add peppercorns and grind to a paste. Put it in a glass of water and drink the solution every morning to get rid of the discharge.
A banana works as a natural home remedy in curbing vaginal discharge. To benefit from banana’s high fiber content, make a fresh banana part of your everyday diet. Alternatively, you can eat a ripe banana in the morning. For best results, you may want to mash it and then add two tablespoons of honey. Use this treatment twice a day until you get the desired results.
Neem is a powerful plant rich in antiviral and antifungal properties. It’s effective in treating chronic vaginal infections. If you want to get rid of vaginal discharge, you should place a few neem leaves in a pan for five minutes and crush them into a fine powder. After that, mix with warm water to make a paste. Spread on the infected area and then wash off after thirty minutes. Alternatively, you can boil a handful of leaves in water for 10 minutes and let the solution cool to room temperature. Now wash the vagina region, with the cooled solution, three times a day until the symptoms subside.
11. Indian Gooseberry
Indian gooseberry is rich in vitamin C and other essential nutrients that aid in the removal of bacteria from your body. To cure Leukorrhea, mix Indian gooseberry powder in a glass of water and drink it three times a day until you get some positive results. You may also want to add some honey for better taste. Alternatively, you can make a paste and apply on the vagina walls for thirty minutes.
Turmeric is one of the most potent remedies for excess vaginal discharge due to its bioactive constituent called curcumin. Due to its antibacterial qualities, it ensures your vagina is not infected with bacteria. To get the best results, add turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk and drink twice every day. You incorporate milk in this remedy to promote better pH in your vagina. This remedy is especially effective when itchiness accompanies your vaginal discharge.
13. Baking Soda
If you are disturbed by itchiness in your vagina, baking soda will provide some instant relief. Baking soda works by eliminating foul smell and balancing the pH levels. Furthermore, baking soda eliminates vaginal infection. Just dissolve baking soda in a glass of warm water and drink the solution. You can also wash your vagina with the mixture.
14. Tea Tree Oil
The antiseptic qualities of tea tree oil make it suitable for combating bacterial discharge. Also, it prevents the multiplication of bacteria and eliminates bad odor. For this remedy to work, add a few drops of tea tree oil in a bathtub and sit in for thirty minutes. You can also rinse your vagina with diluted oil. Be careful not to apply undiluted oil otherwise, you could worsen the irritation. Follow this treatment twice a day to get the best results.
Alum is a natural antiseptic that restricts the growth of bacteria. To treat Leukorrhea, you can either use it externally or take it orally. Take half spoonful of alum powder and dissolve in a glass of warm water. Drink the solution twice a day. On the other hand, you can pour one spoonful of alum powder in a basin and gently rub your vagina opening, with the solution, to balance the pH. If you want to eliminate all type of infections related to genitals, use this remedy once a day.
16. Lady’s Finger (Okra)
Lady’s finger possesses mucilaginous and antibacterial properties which makes it an effective treatment for vaginal discharge. To prepare a decoction, add 100 grams of lady’s finger in one liter of water and boil until the water is reduced by half. Once it cools down, pour into a glass and then add sugar to taste. Drink the solution once a day until you get rid of your vaginal milky discharge.
This is one of the most sought home remedies for smelly vaginal discharge. Many studies have shown that when you consume strong-smelling foods, the same smell will be present in your vagina. Apart from the strong smell, asparagus contains soothing properties. You should boil the herb for thirty minutes in a cup of water. Once it cools down, drink the solution to get some relief from the irritation that comes with vaginal discharge. Use this remedy until you get rid of the condition.
18. Coconut Oil
Coconut contains antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. It inhibits the bacteria from replicating and strengthens the immune system. It’s especially effective when a fungal infection is accompanied by vaginal discharge. Try to clean your vagina with coconut oil until you see some improvement. Only use pure, organic coconut oil.
19. Rice Water
Rice water contains demulcent properties that aid in treating the inflammation caused by Leukorrhea. Simply wash your rice, strain the water and then sweeten it with some honey. Drink it regularly to curb the symptoms that are accompanied by vaginal discharge.
20. Mango Seeds
A mango is rich in vitamins and minerals that can help to cure a number of health problems. While we always throw the mango seed in the dustbin, it can help to cure Leukorrhea. First, you need to grind the seed into a fine powder and then add some water to make a fine paste. Apply gently on the inner and the outer walls of the vagina to reduce the itchiness and irritation caused by Leukorrhea. When you use this remedy for one week, you’ll get rid of the white discharge.
21. Amaranth Root
Amaranth herb contains natural compounds that promote the healing of the reproductive organs. To use this treatment, grind a fresh root and dissolve in a glass of water. For best results, drink the solution twice a day. You can also use the leaves and the bark to heal the condition.
22. Walnut Leaves
Walnut leaves contain astringent compounds that help in the treatment of Leukorrhea. You should make walnut tea by boiling fresh walnut leaves in a pot of water and let it steep for thirty minutes. Use the solution to clean the vagina walls. Alternatively, you can pour the solution into a basin and immerse your genitals in it for twenty minutes. Repeat this procedure until you get some relief. You should see some positive results within 7 days.
23. Banyan And Fig
The bark of a banyan tree has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. For this reason, it’s effective in eliminating vaginal discharge and other related problems. On the other hand, the bark of a fig tree helps to flush out the toxins from the body. If you have a problem with uncontrollable vaginal discharge, prepare a concoction by boiling a handful of banyan and fig bark. Once the solution cools down, douche into the solution for twenty minutes. You can also administer the solution in the vaginal duct using a syringe. Continue doing this once a day until you are free from any infection.
24. Green Tea
Green tea contains antifungal and antioxidant properties that inhibit bacteria from spreading. By drinking two cups of green tea every day, you can get rid of Leukorrhea quite effectively. For better taste, add a dash of honey. You don’t have to use it directly on your vagina.
Dried coriander can flush out the toxins from the body. To use this treatment, soak some coriander seeds in water for one night. For optimal results, drink one cup in the morning when on an empty stomach. Apart from that, you can make coriander tea by grinding the seeds and boiling in a cup of water for some time. Drink the tea early in the morning and at night. This remedy is only effective when you are on an empty stomach.
Saffron is a natural herb rich in antioxidant and antiseptic properties. It’s highly effective in treating vaginal discharge and any other infection that may be present in the vagina. For fast relief, put saffron in a cup of water and boil for thirty minutes. Drink half a cup every day until the symptoms disappear. Unlike other home remedies, it provides fast results and has no side effects.
27. Betel Leaves
This is one of the most effective natural cures for Leukorrhea. Since betel leaves have antiseptic properties, it’s very effective in killing bacteria, fungi, and any other microorganism associated with vaginal discharge. To use this treatment, put a handful of leaves in boiling water and wait until the color turns to light green. Filter the concoction and use the solution to wash your vagina 3 times a day. Repeat the treatment until you get rid of the discharge.
28. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera helps to treat bacterial infections associated with vaginal discharge. In addition to clearing infections, it prevents their reoccurrences. The good thing about aloe vera gel is that it can be used both internally and externally without any harmful effects. To get rid of the foul discharge, put two tablespoons of aloe gel in a glass of water and drink two times a day. You can also apply some gel on the vagina walls. Aloe vera provides fast relief than over-the-counter medications.
29. Oregano Oil
Oregano oil contains carvacrol and thymol antimicrobial agents that help to treat a number of fungal infections. It works by keeping the ‘good’ bacteria under control and strengthening the immune system. To stop the vaginal discharge, gently massage the oil around the walls of the vagina. Repeat the application three times a day. Alternatively, you can mix three drops of oregano oil in a glass of water and drink two times every day. If there is no improvement, discontinue the remedy.
30. Hydrogen Peroxide
One of the popular remedies for recurring Leukorrhea is hydrogen peroxide. While it won’t kill all the bacteria and fungi that cause vaginal discharge, it will ensure they don’t multiply. You should pour one cup of hydrogen peroxide in a basin and soak your genital area. Never use it when it’s not diluted otherwise, it can cause a burning sensation. Do this once a day, for five days, and you’ll notice the difference.
31. Stay Hydrated
This is the easiest way of saying goodbye to excess vaginal discharge. Since our bodies are full of toxins that alter the hormonal levels, water aids in flushing out the toxins. Other than that, when you stay hydrated, you eliminate vaginal odor. A number of studies have also shown that when you drink sufficient amount of water, you can curtail a significant amount of vaginal infections.
32. White Dead Nettle (Lamium Album)
White dead nettle is universally referred to as ‘the woman’s herb’. White dead nettle has antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and astringent properties which help to treat abnormal vaginal discharge. Unlike other herbs, you can only use the parts that are above the ground. To combat Leukorrhea, add the young leaves, white dead nettle, to salads and vegetables. You can also prepare an external compress using fresh flowering tops. Apply on the inside and outside walls of the vagina until you get some noticeable results.
33. Boric Acid
Boric acid works as a natural antiseptic, especially when the vaginal discharge is resistant to other home remedies. Medical experts recommend boric acid capsules for treatment of vaginal infections. Also, by using this remedy you regulate the pH which stops the foul smell that comes with the discharge. You should insert 500mg of boric acid into the vagina and let it stay overnight. Be careful since it can be toxic when used in large amounts. Use one suppository two times a week.
34. Cumin Seeds
Cumin seeds are also a potent remedy for vaginal discharge as they have antimicrobial properties. For this remedy, take 1 or 2 teaspoons of cumin seeds and grind them. Mix this ground seed with honey to form a paste. Then, apply this paste to the vaginal wall. This would help alleviate the infection and stop the vaginal discharge. Alternatively, you could make a cumin seed decoction and apply to the vaginal area.
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