Women are not new to discharges. A woman will have to deal with some kind of discharge at some point in her life. There are different properties of the discharge, for instance, its color, smell and consistency that makes it unique. Often, these discharges are innocent. However, you should never underestimate the problem and always consult a doctor when you are consistently experiencing an unusual discharge. Among these, a pink discharge is a common complaint. There are a number of different causes of a pink discharge. Here we explain what could be responsible for this problem and what you can do about it.[wp_ad_camp_1]
Causes of pink discharge in women
- Infections, a common cause of pink discharge is infection by bacteria. This could be E.coli, yeast or other sinister agents like STDs. The pathogen may infect the vagina, uterus or the Fallopian tubes, burrowing into the wall of the organ and causing a small amount of bleeding. This blood gives the normal discharge a pink tinge, which presents as a pink discharge.
- Implantation, normally, a pink discharge in the mid of your menstrual cycle can mean implantation, when the blastocyst migrates through the Fallopian tubes to the uterus, it secretes enzymes to degrade the wall and embed itself in it. The process results in the rupture of small capillaries and the release of blood, causing the pink discharge. Hence, a mid-cycle pink discharge can mean a pregnancy.
- Ovulation, sometimes a rigorous ovulatory cycle results in the release of the ovum with trauma to the ovaries. The rupture may be severe and could disrupt the capillary bed, causing the release of blood. This stains the normal discharge and makes it look pink. This is a physiological phenomenon and is no cause for worry.
- Contraceptives, particularly an Intrauterine contraceptive device can irritate the uterine lining and result in inflammation. It can also lead to chronic irritation and rupture of the blood vessels in the walls of the uterus, which causes the release of blood into the uterine cavity. This blood presents as pink discharge and may be the only sign of a potentially dangerous condition. If not treated promptly, the IUD may rupture through the uterus.
- Cancers, certain vaginal, vulvar or uterine cancers could be the cause of pink discharge. The cancer is a mass of progressively growing mass of cells. These cells erode into the walls of the normal structures, destructing the normal anatomy. Along with its course, the cancers also disrupt the arteries causing bleeding. At other times, the cancers stimulate the development of tortuous, dilated, leaky blood vessels that are fragile. These vessels break easily and bleed. This blood presents as a chronic pink discharge, often accompanied with abdominal pain.
What to do if you have a pink discharge?[wp_ad_camp_1]
Now that you know of the many causes of pink discharges, you can realize the fact that it can be caused by both physiological and sinister elements. Hence, a pink discharge should be dealt with as fast as possible, especially if it spans for long periods and changes color or scent. If you do have a pink discharge, you shouldn’t panic. Here is what you should do in order to stay safe and manage the problem effectively.
- Figure out your cycle, the first thing you need to do is determine your cycle and ascertain of its the start of our menses or the mid cycle. It is during these times that the pink discharge could result from normal processes within the body. At these times you do not need to do anything in particular, except hot water bottles or analgesics to alleviate the general pain.
- Observe the duration, it is important for you o note the length for which the pink discharge is present. An innocent discharge will usually disappear within a day or become bloody to assume the color and consistency of your normal menstrual discharge. A long duration usually signals a sinister problem and should be taken into attention immediately.
- Note the menstrual period that follows, if your normal cycle stops after the sudden appearance of a pink discharge, chances are that the discharge could be due to implantation. An absent menstrual discharge at the scheduled time points towards this diagnosis. You should consult your OB/GYN to confirm a pregnancy and take precautions accordingly.
- Yogurt and water, eating probiotics like yogurt and sauerkraut help to replenish the vaginal bacteria and eliminate the general infections. Drinking water results in rapid flushing. This helps to remove the toxins from the vagina and helps eliminate the problematic pathogens from the vagina and vulva.[wp_ad_camp_1]
- Antibiotics, certain infections, and inflammations that cause pink discharge can be effectively treated with antibiotics. These medicines fight off the pathogens to eliminate the cause of the disease. However, you need to be careful as excessive use if these medicines can results in an opposite effect. Plus, antibiotics have side effects of their own, so it is best to consult a doctor for a proper prescription before you start a course.
- Consult the doctor, if the discharge is consistently present, is foul smelling or associated with pain, consulting a doctor is a must. An OB/GYN will help to locate the exact cause and treat any sinister problems like STDs. Professional advice is necessary in order to protect yourself from the harmful effects that could follow.
All of these causes point to the possible causes of a pink discharge. Following the management steps above, you can deal with the problem effectively. It is important to give due importance to every problem in your body. You never know, a small pink discharge could point towards cancer. Diagnosing and treating the problem early could surely help prevent irreversible damage later on.