Do I have white discharge during menopause?

A t'on des pertes blanches à la ménopause ?

White discharge, also known as leucorrhoea, is cervical mucus produced by cells in the cervix, vagina and certain bacteria in the vagina due to the action of estrogen. These discharges are natural, non-odorous and present in all women of childbearing age. They vary in texture and quantity from one woman to another, depending on her menstrual cycle.

In general, they are translucent or whitish: this means that the genital organs are functioning well. It allows the vagina to clean itself, to protect itself from bacteria, to lubricate itself naturally and to facilitate the ascent of spermatozoa into the cervix if procreation occurs.

Since white discharge is present throughout the intimate life of women of childbearing age and its presence is due to female hormones, it is logical that it disappears with menopause and the drop in estrogen levels. However, some menopausal women still notice their presence.

What causes this white discharge during menopause?

It can be normal to still notice white discharge after menopause, however it is important to determine its origin and to pay attention to the associated symptoms. This discharge is generally much less abundant, more liquid and transparent.

If white discharge persists, it may be due to an infection or senile athrophic vaginitis.

  • If you find that your discharge is heavy, colored and/or smelly, it is probably infectious vaginitis. With the decrease in hormones and the thinning of the vaginal walls, the balance of the environment is weakened and bacteria grow more easily. Several agents can be responsible for this infection: a parasite that is transmitted by sexual means (the discharge is therefore greenish/greyish and bullous). It is treated by taking metronidazole. Vaginitis can also be due to the development of a yeast that is naturally present in the vagina (the appearance of the white discharge is then like "curdled milk"). Finally, a last cause can be the development of bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus.

To determine which agent is responsible for the infection, a sample of secretions is taken and then microbiologically analyzed.

  • Vaginal atrophy, also called senile atrophic vaginitis. It is a condition due to estrogen deficiency. Vaginitis can be detected by various symptoms. In addition to purulent discharge, senile atrophic vaginitis will: cause a reduction of the vulvar orifice, a vaginal drynesspain during sexual intercourse.

The treatment of this condition is based on the prescription of hormonal substitutes: orally or locally, by taking an ovum to be inserted into the vagina.

In more serious cases, discharge may be indicative of vaginal or uterine cancer. In fact, liquid vaginal discharge (water) called hydrorrhea or blood can reveal lesions of the cervix, the endometrium (the mucous membrane that lines the walls of the uterus) or the fallopian tubes. They may be polyps, fibroids, pre-cancerous lesions or already at the cancer stage. In all cases, they should lead to a consultation with a gynecologist to determine the cause of these lesions.

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4 comments


  • Mala Épouse Tientcheu Pélagie Flore

    Cela fait déjà deux mois que j’ai perdue mes règles mais j’ai pas encore rencontrer un Gygy j’ai bcp de maux qui me tourmente comme la prise de poids la fatigue exagéré et j’ai aussi les pertes blanches avec bonne couleur blanche


  • Yoga

    Ménopausée depuis 6 ans sous thm. Traitement polygynax pendant 3 mois. Colpotrophine 2 fois par semaine. J’ai souvent des pertes grises sans odeur. Mon médecin pense que ma flore vaginale a été déséquilibrée par le polygynax et m’a prescrit des probiotiques vaginaux 6 comprimés. Au début, j’j’ai ressenti un mieux mais j’j’ai remarqué à nouveau des pertes grises épaisses toujours sans odeur. Je me demande si ce n’est pas le colpotrophine ? Qu’en pensez vous ?


  • Bayoudh Najet

    moi j’ai beaucoup de pertes après la ménopause !!!


  • Joelle

    Je n’ai plus de pertes blanches. J’ai meme une secheresse vaginale qui m’embete au quotidien.
    Comment traiter la secheresse vaginale quand on est à la ménopause ?
    Merci beaucoup pour votre réponse


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