A healthy vagina has many good bacteria and only a small amount of yeast. The most common type of bacteria, Lactobacillus acidophilus, helps keep the growth of yeast under control. When the balance between the two is upset, yeast can growth too much, leading to specific symptoms including chunky white discharge that looks a little like cottage cheese, vaginal itching, swelling and redness, and also pain during urination and sexual intercourse.
Of all these symptoms, chunky discharge and vaginal discomfort are the most frustrating. They make you feel more aware of yourself, and can create feelings of tackiness and wetness, resulting in more visits to the restroom. The material below shows you what to do if you deal with white chunky discharge due to yeast infection.
1. Resist the Urge to Scratch
Thick vaginal discharge that’s yeast infection-related can cause itching and the strong urge to scratch as a result. Don’t forget that, just as with mosquito bites, scratching can only worsen the issue, leading to the spread of yeast spores. This, in turn, can cause an increase in the amount of discharge, resulting in more discomfort. It’s important to resist the urge to scratch in order to avoid this. The best way to address an itchy vagina is refreshing the area with a bit of water. Your doctor may also prescribe you a special unguent to help alleviate the itching and reduce swelling.
2. Avoid Sexual Contact
In addition to the intense pain and discomfort it may cause, unprotected sexual intercourse can result in spreading the infection to your partner as well. Even if using protection, it’s best to avoid any sort of sexual contact during treatment and at least one or two weeks after the infection clears. Not only will you be able to avoid vaginal discomfort, but the infection will clear up much faster this way.