Definition - What does Leukorrhea mean?
Leukorrhea is normal vaginal discharge, but the term frequently refers to the normal vaginal discharge that appears during early pregnancy. Leukorrhea is one of the first noticeable signs of conception. Leukorrhea is caused by the increased production of estrogen, the primary female sex hormone, and a heightened blood flow to the pelvic region. Leukorrhea is typically present around the 13th week of pregnancy.
FertilitySmarts explains Leukorrhea
Normal vaginal discharge during pregnancy may be:
- White, milky, or clear
- Smooth, thin and somewhat stretchy
- Odorless or mild in scent
The purpose of leukorrhea purpose is to prevent the build of bacteria in the vaginal canal, and reduce the chance of infection in the vagina. This protects the fetus during pregnancy and delivery.
Abnormal vaginal discharge may indicate infection. A physician should evaluate leukorrhea that appears:
- Yellow or green in color
- Has a strong smell
- Contains blood
- Occurs along with vaginal itching or pain