Medical practitioner Dr. Ansah-Otu Williams has noted that the vagina has all that it takes to protect and cleanse itself so women should stop douching or artificially cleansing the place since the act destroys normal bacteria in the vagina expected to protect it from outside organisms.
He said it is important for all women to know that the vagina produces normal fluids and bacteria that cleanses and protects it from outside invasion, “there are normal bacteria there to protect it.
Acidic PH to make sure the place is kept as it is and normal discharges to keep the place moist. Everything is in place. The moment you try to use other douching substances, you are clearing off the normal flora” he explained.
Dr. Ansah-Otu made these comments when he appeared on HSTV’s Morning Show, Healthy Morning to discuss Vaginal Discharge
He said there are normal ones and abnormal vaginal discharges. The normal ones, also known as physiological discharges are odorless and colorless; they happen during pregnancy, ovulation, and sometimes during or before sex.
The abnormal discharges, also known as pathological discharges, he noted, are produced because of the following conditions:
Bacterial vaginosis; it produces a whitish or yellowish discharge that is not itchy. It has a fishy smell and it tends to happen among people with sexually transmitted infections. Thus both sexual partners need to be treated to prevent reinfection.
Trichomonas Infection: its discharge tends to be yellowish or greenish, and can be very smelly; it comes with itching and have sores around the vagina. It can affect the cervix. It is also sexually transmitted and patient will need medical treatment. It can cause premature deliveries or miscarriages
Vaginal candidiasis: it is caused by a fungus. It happens to people with poor personal hygiene, diabetic patients, and HIV/AIDS patients, among others.
Gonorrhea: it is caused by an organism called Neisseria gonorrhea and it is also sexually transmitted. They have when urinating and experience a milky discharge.
Touching on how to maintain the vagina, Dr. Ansah-Otu said women should be keen on personal hygiene; wash the vagina with water when bathing and avoid wiping themselves from the back to the front after they have used the washroom; it should be from the front to the back to prevent transfer of bacteria.
He has encouraged people to practice protected sex and visit the hospital with unusual discharges as mentioned above.
Source: HSTV News