- Women's Health
I have a white discharge, is it Cytolytic vaginosis?
Causes of white creamy discharge
"I have a white discharge and itchiness": this is a quite common affirmation from girls and women of reproductive ages. The issue here is complex and sometimes even lots of visits to the gynecologist, discharge tests and treatment don't solve it.
If you have a white creamy discharge then the number of medical problems you may have is quite large, from bacterial infections to sexually trasnmitted diseases, fungal infection or a simple hormonal imbalance, or a disrupted vaginal ph.
But if the white discharge is the only issue, or it may be accompanied by a slight itchiness or inner soreness, and if the tests don't show Candida or other type of fungal or bacterial infection, it means you may suffer from cytolytic vaginosis, which may simply be cured at home, with minimal expenses.
What is cytolytic vaginosis?
First, I want to emphasize the fact that cytolytic vaginosis is not an infection or any sort of disease but a vaginal environment condition that implies an imbalance of the normal vaginal bacteria, due to the overgrowth of a species of bacteria called lactobacillus. This lactobacillus lives inside the female vagina and helps keeping a healthy environment, maintains a balanced ph and is really useful, but sometimes due to certain medications, or hormonal imbalances it can multiply more than it's needed and may affect the natural state of being.
The lactobacillus bacteria found normally in the vaginal environment has an important role of maintaining a healthy flora, a balanced vaginal ecosystem. This micro-organisms fight bad bacteria, and through an acidic ph and Hydrogen peroxide production create an unfriendly environment for pathogens.
It's not exactly known why sometimes these healthy bacteria called lactobacillus rises in number more than needed, but the effects are a too acidic vaginal ph, which in turn creates itchiness, white discharge, soreness. This condition is named cytolytic vaginosis and it may become cyclic, in some women appearing at the time of ovulation, or right before/ after period, due hormonal changes.
Symptoms of cytolytic vaginosis
The common symptoms of cytolytic vaginosis mimic those of yeast infection, or Candida overgrowth, very well, so the first step should be testing the vaginal discharge to exclude these.
The symptoms would be:
- white creamy vaginal discharge, odorless;
Treatment of cytolytic vaginosis
The treatment of cytolytic vaginosis is extremely simple to apply at home.
One tablespoon of baking soda in 1L pure water for bathing the vagina.
Another thing you may do is buy from the drug store some empty gel capsules and put baking soda inside, and then inserting the capsule in the vagina.
Repeating the baking soda bath or gel capsules inserting each time the symptoms appear will immediately bring relief.