Inseparable from the care of the delicate zone is the discharge.
It is something that is unique to women, and everyone has experienced and knows about it.
However, it is sometimes difficult to discuss matters concerning the delicate zone, and surprisingly few people know what it is or what it is for in detail.
Let's learn about the causes and countermeasures for this female-specific phenomenon.
What exactly is a discharge? What are the causes and roles?
A discharge is a mixture of secretions from the endometrium, cervix, and vaginal wall, and secretions from organs such as old cells, sebaceous glands, sweat glands, and Bartholin's glands.
It has an important role in protecting the mucous membrane of the vagina, preventing bacteria from entering the uterus through the vagina, and keeping the vagina clean by expelling dirt.
It also supports pregnancy by protecting sperm and assisting fertilization.
Depending on the quantity, color, and odor, discharge can also signal abnormalities in the body.
It is possible that you may be suffering from an infection or other serious illness.
Changes in discharge during the menstrual cycle
Women in the transition to the secondary sexual characteristics repeat the menstrual cycle, in which the body changes according to two types of female hormones, in an almost constant cycle.
The discharge also changes with the menstrual cycle.
Immediately after menstruation, the discharge is a light brownish color.
As ovulation approaches, the discharge gradually increases, and during ovulation, it becomes clear and watery.
After ovulation, the discharge becomes cloudy and white.
Just before menstruation, the odor becomes stronger and the discharge becomes sticky.
The discharge changes not only with the menstrual cycle, but also with age.
The amount of discharge also decreases as the production of female hormones declines after the childbearing age.
Causes of and countermeasures against discharge
The foul odor peculiar to vaginal discharge is caused by the proliferation of bacteria and the dampness of the vagina due to the fact that it is always covered by undergarments.
To prevent the odor, switch to underwear made of cotton or silk, which are more breathable and absorbent, and avoid wearing constricting stockings or leggings for as long as possible.
Also, take care of the delicate zone by washing it carefully and gently to keep it as clean as possible.
By taking good care of the delicate zone every day, it is possible to prevent and counteract the odor and itchiness that bother you.
Also, by checking the color, odor, and amount of discharge daily, you can check the condition of your own body.