Grayish, very liquid and foul-smelling discharge… What does that mean?

Vaginal discharge is completely normal: it reflects the activity of the vagina which eliminates superficial cells to form new ones. Nevertheless, abnormal losses should alert and can be a sign of an infection. SoColor, texture, smells… Here’s what they mean.

Are your vaginal discharge abnormally abundant, liquid or odorous? It is surely the sign of a bacterial vaginosis sometimes due to staphylococcus, but most often to Gardnerella vaginalis, bacteria naturally present in the vaginal microbiota which have proliferated and replaced the good bacilli. “Without lactobacilli which maintain the acidity of the vagina, the pH increases and the medium becomes alkaline. The higher the pH, the more the very characteristic smell of spoiled fish is felt.“, comments Dr. Anne de Kervasdoué, gynecologist in Paris.

What are the solutions to abnormal losses?

And antibiotic treatment such as metronidazole (eggs or tablets for 7-10 days) or secnidazole (a single sachet in the middle of dinner), on prescription, but their effects are often short-lived. “For a more persistent result, it can be combined with a course of probiotics (Geliofil®, Polybactum®, Physioflor®, etc.), preferably in the form of eggs, to be taken for four to six months to rebalance the vaginal microbiota.“, specifies Dr. de Kervasdoué.

We also advise tousing condoms during sexbecause the sperm of the man, at the basic pH too, comes to aggravate the vaginosis.

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