Vaginal discharge is the normal way how body keeps itself clean and hygienic. According to the type of vaginal discharge you even can guess about your fertility cycle. Every woman has normal vaginal discharge with specific texture, color and personal smell. If you notice changes in your vaginal discharge, it could mean changes in your vaginal microflora. Often women could experience cottage cheese discharge. According to health experts, white cottage cheese discharge (thick, white, curdy discharge) from the vagina is the typical symptom of vaginal yeast infection (vaginal candidiasis) – actually it is vaginitis triggered by Candida albicans. Over 75% of all women will get vaginal yeast infection at some point in their lives. So, while unpleasant, yeast infection is really quite common.
Cottage cheese discharge is not the only symptom of vaginal yeast infection. In most cases women suffer also from other symptoms such as:
Vaginal soreness, irritation or burning sensation (especially during intercourse);
Redness around the vagina.
Sometimes vaginal yeast infection can be combined with other sexually transmitted diseases such as Chlamydia, Trichomoniasis, Gonorrhea or some other infections. Symptoms of combined infections could be more severe including different types of vaginal discharge (green vaginal discharge, grayish discharge or yellow discharge), pelvic pain or abdominal pain, vaginal smell (fishy vaginal smell, foul-smelling) and fever.
Vaginal yeast infection arises when suddenly appeared the bacterial imbalance in the vagina which causes yeast Candida over-population.
Main vaginal yeast infection causes include the following:
Antibiotics – antibiotics can kill some vaginal bacteria and it can trigger overgrowth of Candida (yeast infection);
Diabetes – during diabetes the vagina could experience increased levels of sugar, allowing yeast to grow more rapidly;
Weakened immune system – triggered by stress, infections or other diseases;
Vaginal hygiene – vaginal deodorants, perfumed soaps, bubble baths or douching may cause vaginal irritation and upset the normal balance;
Menstruation – decreased hormone levels could change vaginal environment which may contribute to yeast infections;
Pregnancy – many pregnant women experience vaginal yeast infection triggered by dramatic hormonal changes;
Clothing – tight jeans, wet bathing suits, nylon underwear and synthetic swimsuits can retain heat and moisture, creating an environment that encourages the growth of yeast.
Cottage cheese discharge – diagnosis
Vaginal yeast infection with cottage cheese discharge combined with vaginal itching could be pretty disturbing and unpleasant. First advice would be to visit your gynecologist for proper diagnosis and adequate treatments. But is you need to check it yourself and find cheap solutions, you can start with home diagnostic tests which will identify your vaginal infection clearly.
Once you confirm that your cottage cheese vaginal discharge is actually the symptom of vaginal yeast infection, you can use one of recommended “Yeast infection home remedies”.
Vaginal yeast infection (vaginal Candidiasis, Vaginal Candida) is pretty common fungal infection. According to health experts, 3 out of 4 women experience vaginal yeast infection during their lifetime. Vaginal yeast…
Disclaimer: It is strongly recommended to consult your doctor for professional advice. Above mentioned information and recommendations are just general and should be adapted to each person according to personal health indicators and status.