Leucorrhoea is commonly known as white discharge. It is a female disease of the genital tract, in which a white discharge is seen from the vagina. The discharge could be a smooth flow, or it could be sticky and lumpy. In most women, the nature of the discharge changes as their age advances or if they travel a lot.
Leucorrhoea can occur due to the following major reasons:
Fungal infection: A fungus, much like yeast, can cause infection of the vaginal tract, leading to leucorrhoea.
Sexually transmitted diseases: Some sexually transmitted diseases, such as trichomoniasis, can cause leucorrhoea.
Unhygienic toilet habits: Sharing toilet articles, especially in public toilets, can cause an infection of the vagina, resulting into leucorrhoea.
Cervical problems: Two kinds of problems with the cervix, the cervical erosion and the cervical polyp, can cause leucorrhoea.
Pelvic inflammatory disease: Problems with the pelvis, such as the pelvic inflammatory disease, can also lead to leucorrhoea.
Disease conditions: Women who suffer from diseases such as tuberculosis or anaemia may have heavy discharges from their vaginas.
Stress and tension: Women who live under severe stress and worries develop leucorrhoea.