Vaginal Discharge? Try Switching Up Your Contraception

Whatever you eat, whatever you drink, and whatever your contraception is, your discharge will likely reflect these changes. It’s not common when getting advice regarding what is going to be your best contraceptive method that your gyno looks you in the eye and says, so tell me about your normal discharge, because here’s what’s going to change. Well, hopefully we can have that conversation for the chronic vaginits patients, or for someone with a current discharge issue, or just to specifically answer the question. Remember, sex, condoms, soap, these can all affect the vaginal ecology gynos are fairly obsessed with when sitting around Starbucks having random conversations! So what can you expect if your gyno pops in a Mirena or you op for a NuvaRing. Let’s turn to the microbio teams and ask them about the vaginal policing hydrogen-peroxide wheeling colonies of lactobacilli and how they are affected by these choices. In fact this has been studied. In a review in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2004 and re-reported in the November 2010 issue of Contraception. They got in their with the supplies to measure, record and inspect, and they found that the vaginal pH, the vaginal white blood cell count, the vaginal odors, and the smears inspected for yeast and other organisms were not different. BUT, NuvaRing users did report more wetness. About 63% of them said they were wet verses about 43% of the pill users, not many really report being extra dry. Mirena strings do induce a bit of extra fluid from the cervix itself, and some women notice that as increased vaginal wetness as well.


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