By the nature of secretions from the genitals, one can judge the state of the woman’s reproductive health. The change in the type, amount or shade of mucus may be associated with the natural physiological processes occurring in the body. However, pathologies are not excluded. A woman should know which secretions are the norm, which can cause deviations. The absence of odor in the secretions is not an absolute indicator of the normal state of the body. You can not ignore other possible signs of disease.
Vaginal mucus prevents penetration of infection into the uterine cavity, and also protects the vaginal surface from mechanical damage. This secretory fluid is produced by the glands of the cervix. If the mucus is formed too little, then the risk of inflammatory and infectious diseases of the external and internal genital organs is significantly increased.
In a healthy woman of reproductive age, the separations between menstruation are white, translucent. Perhaps they have a light cream or yellowish hue. The smell is almost non-existent (may be mildly sourish).
White discharge in girls appears about 1-1.5 years before the arrival of the first menstruation. During this period there are changes in the hormonal background, an increase in the size of the ovaries. Liquid abundant leucorrhoea is a harbinger of the onset of puberty. Their appearance suggests that the body has natural physiological processes.
In a woman of reproductive age, white odorless discharge is the norm, if not accompanied by painful symptoms, do not cause discomfort (redness, itching, irritation of the genital organs).
During the menopause, there is a decrease in the production of female sex hormones in the ovaries. Normally slime is getting smaller. Dryness of the vagina is a characteristic symptom of menopause. Lack of mucus facilitates infection of the genitals, makes painful sexual intercourse.
The same situation occurs when there is a shortage of estrogens in the body of a young woman (for example, after carrying out operations on the ovaries). In older women, the cause of the appearance of leucorrhoea with an unpleasant odor can be inflammation in the genitals or the vagina.