Recent Blog Articles
Can flavonoids help fend off forgetfulness?
Can physical or cognitive activity prevent dementia?
Wondering how much your medical care will cost? New rules could help
Long-lasting healthy changes: Doable and worthwhile
The sore throat checklist: What parents need to know
A new treatment for obesity
Remember the flu? Yep, it's that time again
3 ways to build brain-boosting social connections
Grandparenting: Ready to move for family?
Wondering about COVID-19 vaccines if you’re breastfeeding?
By the way, doctor: What can I do about chronic leukorrhea?
Q. I'm a healthy 62-year-old. In the past three months, I've developed a vaginal discharge and discomfort. Tests for vaginal infections have been negative. I've tried douching and sitz baths. I started using vaginal estrogen (Premarin) cream about two months ago. Nothing helps. I'd appreciate your thoughts on this problem, which my gynecologist calls "chronic leukorrhea."
A. Many women have problems with vaginal discharge or pain or irritation of the vulva and vagina. These difficulties can occur during the reproductive years, through the menopausal transition, and beyond. Diagnosing and treating these conditions can be challenging, for several reasons. Some clinicians aren't well enough educated about this important area of woman's health, and even medical experts don't know enough about the normal and abnormal vulva and vagina. Also, patients may be unwilling to bring up vulvar or vaginal symptoms or hygiene.
To continue reading this article, you must log in.
Subscribe to Harvard Health Online for immediate access to health news and information from Harvard Medical School.
- Research health conditions
- Check your symptoms
- Prepare for a doctor's visit or test
- Find the best treatments and procedures for you
- Explore options for better nutrition and exercise
I'd like to receive access to Harvard Health Online for only $4.99 a month.Sign Me Up
Already a member? Login ».
As a service to our readers, Harvard Health Publishing provides access to our library of archived content. Please note the date of last review or update on all articles. No content on this site, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinician.