Female reproductive system is really marvelous. It is very complex system and every woman should pay attention and keep themselves healthy. When this system is affected by some disease or disorder, it should be immediately treated since it can lead to a very serious consequence, such as infertility. One of the conditions that can be serious and that should be treated promptly is ammonia smelling vaginal discharge.
Normal vaginal discharge and ammonia smelling discharge
First of all, every woman should know that ammonia smelling discharge is not a life-threatening condition, but it is a very embarrassing one. Although the vaginal discharge is normal, foul smelling vaginal discharge is not and it requires immediate treatment. There are glands in the vagina and cervix that secret the fluid that flows out through the vaginal opening every day. In this fluid, there are old cells that line vagina. With this regular vaginal discharge the body maintains the vagina healthy and clear. Normal vaginal discharge is clear and milky. It becomes thicker when ovulation occurs, when the woman is sexually excited and when the woman is breastfeeding.
The vaginal discharge scent is different in every woman. This odor is normal and it is not a foul smelling one. However, when the odor of the vaginal discharge in a woman changes and becomes foul smelling, she should visit a doctor.
Causes of ammonia smelling discharge
When a woman experience ammonia smelling discharge, it is rarely due to a poor personal hygiene. In the majority of cases, ammonia smelling discharge happens due to bacterial vaginosis, which is an infection of the female reproductive system. In the genital area of a woman, good bacteria reside in order to fight against the bad bacteria. Thus, the balance between the bad and good bacteria is maintained. However, when the balance between the bad and good bacteria is impaired, bacterial vaginosis occurs. In this condition, the bad bacteria transform nitrogen into ammonia compounds and thus ammonia smelling discharge occurs.
Ammonia smelling discharge usually occurs in women who entered the period of menopause. In this period, the ovaries do not produce the hormone estrogen and progesterone any more. Along with many symptoms of menopause, ammonia smelling vaginal discharge also occurs. Furthermore, when women in menopause do not drink plenty of water, there is high concentration of ammonia in urine, and foul smelling originates from the urine and not from the vaginal discharge in such cases.