Green Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy: Is it Dangerous?
The green vaginal flow during pregnancy differs from the habitual whitish flow that precedes menstruation or leucorrhoea mainly due to the unpleasant odor that accompanies it, besides its greenish tone. The main cause of this change in vaginal discharge is usually related to the presence of a bacterial infection. It is prudent, therefore, to be informed and to know immediately to recognize the characteristics of this symptom.
Loss of flow during pregnancy can vary, just as it does during the menstrual cycle. In most cases, these are normal and, therefore, we should not worry excessively. During the gestation period, the flow has a whitish color, and may have a little odor, although in no unpleasant event. It also does not produce heartburn or burning sensation. This flow is very similar to the one that appears in some cases before the menstrual period, being able to be more abundant (what in medical terms denominates leucorrea).
If the vaginal losses increase in intensity a salvaslip can be used during these days, but during pregnancy what you must not do is to use tampons, since it could be a risk factor of infection. Likewise, it is advisable to wear cotton underwear and maintain good habits of intimate hygiene. Hygiene should not be turn into an obsession, because if we overdo the genital area too often we eliminate part of the protective flora that naturally protects the vulva, increasing the risk of bacterial vaginosis. Two showers a day (morning and before going to sleep) is enough.
Green vaginal discharge: How to recognize it
The color change of the flow is usually indicative of some type of infection, especially when accompanied by an unpleasant smell.
When the flow takes on a yellow to greenish tone, and at the same time becomes thicker, it gives off a bad odor and produces, among other symptoms, itching, burning and redness of the area, we are faced with a vaginitis, one of the most common infections.
Green discharge by vaginitis in pregnancy
In these cases, especially if you are pregnant, it is necessary to go to the doctor, to confirm or to discard the type of infection and to apply the most appropriate treatment. It is very important to treat them, since certain types of infections can be transmitted to the newborn during the delivery. In these cases, the doctor usually prescribes gels, suppositories, vaginal creams or ointments. Vaginitis may also be recurrent, as it may occasionally appear after delivery. It may also be necessary, in case of bacterial vaginosis, to apply an oral treatment urgently.
Green discharge out of pregnancy
When the flow is indicative of an STD (sexually transmitted disease) it is advisable to avoid intimate relationships until symptoms disappear, as well as to avoid the use of condoms. As in other cases, you should follow the basic tips on intimate hygiene as well as avoid wearing too tight garments.
The most important thing is that we should not underestimate the signals that our body sends us through the vaginal discharge, especially in a stage where there are as many changes occur as it is pregnancy.
Home remedies to end the green vaginal discharge
After being visited by the doctor, it is normal to put it into treatment and that it is effective, but if the appearance of the yellowish or greenish flow is repeated, and you are looking for perhaps a remedy for it, you should know that there are a few.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is known as one of the most effective for the treatment of Bacterial vaginosis that usually causes that yellow-green flow that we are talking about. We know that this condition appears due to an excessive amount of bacteria, which thrive when the vagina is not acidic enough, so that the alkaline level must be decreased to increase the acidity,
Apple cider vinegar has an acidic pH, which also will not irritate the vagina. All you have to do is add 2 or 3 cups of apple cider vinegar to your bath water and sit in it for about 20 minutes. With that time it will be enough for the pH of the vagina to reach the appropriate levels of acidity.
Another great remedy is garlic, since it contains an active ingredient that is capable of attacking the bacteria that cause vaginosis. To be an effective remedy you must apply it directly. For this you can wrap a clove of garlic in thin gauze and introduce it into the vagina for several minutes. Another way is to crush several cloves of garlic until you form a paste and smear it in the vaginal area.
Knowing that yogurt has a large number of useful bacteria, such as Lactobacillus, which are also of the same type as those inside the vagina and have an acid pH, it is normal that this is another effective home remedy to eliminate the yellow and green flow.
If you take a yogurt daily you can recover the normal pH level of the vagina, and with that the good bacteria rise.
Much better will be on the other hand; that you consume yogurts that have live bacteria to obtain a result that is greater.
Another way to benefit from this patch is to apply natural yogurt in the vagina tract to reduce the development of bad bacteria.
One idea is to dip a tampon in the yogurt and then place it directly into the vagina for a couple of hours.
Tea tree oil
Known for being one of the strongest well-known natural antibacterial substances, tea tree oil can be another great remedy. What you should do is add a few drops to a little warm water and use that mixture to clean the vagina.
With vitamin C, which is a stimulant of the immune system and that you have in most citrus fruits, you can also treat the problem of yellowish flow. What you should do is take plenty of water with lemon every day with which you can strengthen your immune system, so you can prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.