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VAGINAL DISCHARGE: HOW TO TELL IF IT’S NORMAL

One of the very confusing topics when it comes to women’s health is the issue of vaginal discharges. A lot of women are always confused concerning knowing at what point a discharge will be said to be normal or abnormal. At what point does a discharge become harmful to the reproductive system? This is what you will learn in our today’s write-up…enjoy it;

Vaginal discharge usually works to keep the genital area clean and healthy. But if it looks or smells abnormal, it could be a sign of a health problem.

Paying attention to your vaginal discharge is smart self-care. But do you know what’s normal — and what’s not? Normal white discharge helps keep the vagina clean, lubricated, and free from germs and infections. On the other hand, vaginal discharge that looks or smells abnormal can be a sign of health problems. It’s also important to keep in mind that your menstrual cycle can influence the type of vaginal discharge you’ll have on any particular day — and the discharge during pregnancy will differ, too.

Vaginal Discharge During the Menstrual Cycle

Vaginal Discharge During the Menstrual Cycle

All women produce vaginal discharge during their childbearing years, starting a year or two before puberty and ending after menopause. However, the color and thickness of vaginal discharge will vary during the menstrual cycle, depending on the levels of estrogen circulating in the body.

After your period ends, you’ll have thick, white discharge. But around 14 days after your period ends — around the time of ovulation — your vaginal discharge will turn clear and become watery and so elastic that it can form thin strands or ropes. When your ovary releases an egg in the middle of your menstrual cycle, your body also increases the production of vaginal discharge.

It’s common to have 30 times more vaginal discharge in the middle of the menstrual cycle. This wetness is a sign that you’re ovulating.

After the middle of your menstrual cycle, your vaginal discharge will start to thicken. When you get towards the end of your menstrual cycle — close to when you start your period — you’ll have white discharge again.

There’s nothing you can do to reduce the amount of vaginal discharge or change its consistency — and you wouldn’t want to anyway. This vaginal discharge is your body’s way of flushing out bacteria.

Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy

Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy

The same kind of white discharge you may have noticed early in your menstrual cycle will continue after you’re pregnant. What’s the big change? There will be a lot more of it.

Because of greater blood flow to the vagina and a boost in estrogen production, vaginal discharge in pregnancy will be in overdrive. You may want to wear a panty liner to avoid wetness on your clothes. This increase in vaginal discharge will continue until delivery of your baby.

A few weeks before your delivery date, you’ll notice another increase in the amount of vaginal discharge, as well as a thicker consistency. This occurs because the mucus plug, which fills the tiny opening to the cervix, is being discharged in preparation for labor. Amniotic fluid may also leak steadily, in tiny amounts, as your body prepares for birth. But if there’s a sudden gush of fluid, get to the hospital right away. This means that your water broke and you’ll be giving birth soon.

If you’re not yet at 37 weeks, call your doctor immediately if you notice a sudden increase or change in the color of your discharge in pregnancy, especially if it’s tinged with blood. This could be a sign of preterm labor.

When Vaginal Discharge Isn’t Normal

When Vaginal Discharge Isn’t Normal

While vaginal discharge is normal most of the time, in some instances it can indicate an infection. Normal discharge is clear or white and doesn’t smell bad. You should be concerned if your vaginal discharge is yellow, gray, or green, has a clumpy texture like cottage cheese, or has an abnormal odor.

Abnormal discharge could signal one of these conditions:

  • VaginosisVaginal discharge that is yellow, green, or gray could indicate vaginosis, which is a bacterial vaginal infection. Another clue that you may have this type of infection: Your vaginal discharge will have a fishy smell.
  • Yeast infection A white discharge that looks like cottage cheese is the cardinal sign of a yeast infection. You’ll probably also have intense itching and may notice some swelling around the vulva.
  • TrichomoniasisVaginal discharge that gives off a strong, unpleasant odor similar to that of rotten eggs is usually a sign of the sexually transmitted disease (STD) trichomoniasis. The vaginal discharge may also be frothy.
  • Chlamydia or gonorrhea If you’re not pregnant or in the middle of your menstrual cycle, a sudden increase in the amount of vaginal discharge could be a symptom of one of these STDs. Chlamydia and gonorrhea can also cause a burning sensation when you urinate. 

If you have been diagnosed of any of the aforementioned or any other STI, click here to read about how to get rid of infections permanently and naturally.

To prevent unhealthy vaginal discharge, keep the genital area clean and dry, avoid douching, always use condoms during sex, and steer clear of feminine hygiene products, perfumed soaps, and scented tampons or pads. Good hygiene and practicing safe sex are the best ways to keep your vaginal discharge normal and healthy.

If you desire to get rid of infections in a natural way, click here. No matter how long you have been infected, you will get rid of it.

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68 Comments on VAGINAL DISCHARGE: HOW TO TELL IF IT’S NORMAL

  1. Thanks for the info. I have a sister of 17yrs. Still a virgin but for over a year She’s been having a discharge from her private part. Is it ok please

  2. Hai am 27, I got married at 2014 December, few months back I got pregnant in 5th month we went for scan they said that ur baby having heart problem better u can do abortion 27 April 2017 after that am using Follvita tablets to get d pregnancy, plz suggest me I want healthy baby

  3. I was having sex my boyfriend and I already expected my period that day, suddenly (during the sex) blood started flowing out of my vagina which is very strange to me and its not normal, Doc. Please whats going wrong or is the discharge normal?

  4. Esther Anthony // July 21, 2017 at 7:20 PM // Reply

    Pls Sir I Have Frequent Odourless Discharge After My Period,is It Normal

  5. Hello pls, I had sex with my fiancee and wen he wanted to release he found out dat some particle’s like broken egg…. which is white came out of my vagina pls am concern wat is happening to me……

    • @Omotolani,

      You might need to visit a hospital for proper examination and diagnosis.

    • I have neva had sex be4 but i have been having a burning feeling in my virgina. its itchy and i have a foul smelly yellowish discharge coming out. it often comes after my period has finished. i think its getting worse.
      please doc. is it normal.
      please help.

      • @Dorcas,

        It will be more advantageous for you to visit your doctor who will carry out some medical examinations and tests on you to determine the cause of this.

        Thanks

  6. Gudmornin pls I was diagnosed with fibroid nd trying to conceive too .what do I do

  7. I finished my period on the 28 of Last month, yesterday I
    saw brown thick blood which continue today, pls
    what is wrong with me

    • @Funmi,

      You might need to visit a hospital for proper examination to really know what’s wrong if actually anything is wrong though.

      Regards

  8. Gud evening,am 22 I notice my discharge is very tick and yellowish and it also as this odour I don’t understand and am really confused what is d problem

    • @Mary,

      You might really need to visit a lab or a hospital to find out what the the cause of the discharge is. Only a medical test can confirm that.

      Regards

  9. I use primoluteN and clomid immediately after my November period, ever since then my ovulation have stopped, even my period is now twice a month, please what can I do because I want to conceive.

    • Boikem,

      Firstly, why did you take those drugs? If they have actually been prescribed to you by a medical practitioner, it’s better you go and see them to relay your experience.

      Thanks

  10. Hello,i got married stil a virgin at 33 ie ds yr 2017 bt av not been able to conceive,went for scan thrice n from single to multiple fibroid detected on different months av gone for cultures ds December no period but 6 days spotting followed by ds foul smell from my vagina wt milky discharge

  11. please doc am having an issue here, my wife to be have a miscarriage (the pregnancy was just few weeks) which was caused by an evil spirit, since then she have not seen her menstruation, pls I need ur advice.

    • We don’t have treatment for any attack by evil spirit sir.
      However, if you have a case that has been medically diagnosed and confirmed, you can talk to us for treatment.

      Regards

  12. Pls what can i do ; i hav fibroid n feel heavy at any small food eaten; i dn want to go fr surgery cos am scared of hysterectomy as thats d only option i like to avoid growing back

  13. Hi doc, Am kanisha… I had an abortion when I was bout 4weeks pregnant n I had all d normal bleeding n all den it stopped and started again for bout 3 days and stopped nw it’s bin 4weeks n I haven’t seen my period n am having thick white discharge…

  14. m 20 but smal in nature,weneva i av sex,i feel pains n afta d sex,wen i try washin,d pain bcoms worse lik m injured…..then leta,a smelly White discharge starts n body pain…..pls does it means m infected or sick????

    • @Mary,

      The only way you will know if you are infected or not is to go for a test. You can go for a test called HVS m/c/s and you should do that as soon as possible.

      Regards

  15. am having virgina infection and havent seen my period for two month. it is okay?

  16. Hello sir my own is staphilococcus moderately yield

  17. Pls there is this kind of thick cloth blood discharge during my period, is it an infection? pls help me.

  18. Hy doc,am a girl of 14yrs.some tyms,i c a whitish discharge in btw my vulva and yellowish on my panties.its really affecting.i need ur help

    • Hello Ballerina,

      The first crucial step you need to take now is to visit a hospital or lab to carry out a test to find the cause of this and what type of infection it might be. Then, solution will follow.

  19. where can I get your products in Enugu. And again can I get a particular product for the permanent treatment of yeast infection.

  20. morning Doc,the issued of this white discharge is affecting me too,anytime my husband made love with with me I will see this white discharge all over his penis

  21. pls doc, my mensural circle do varies, sometimes 31days and sometimes 39days. I need ur help

  22. pls,where is your office in ibadan.
    Also,are you saying the fibroid won’t regrow after using your herbal remedy.

    • Our office is in Lagos. We have an e-book that comes with our treatment that educate you on different natural ways to prevent fibroid from regrowing again.

  23. Infact you really give an answer to my question… This is a must read for all woman.. Thanks soo much

  24. Pls i dont really know how sperm react in the body till i got married, before then i have my normal mensturaly pains and ovulation, but since i started enjoying sex after ovulation, i always feel nausea and tired feeling like vomiting while eating, i even thought it was sign of pregnant, after which i still see my period, since i was born i have never felt that way till last three months i got married, please doc: what is happenning to me?

    • Hello Chizzy,

      It is hard to pinpoint the exact issue causing your feelings as there are several medical conditions that can cause that. However, you need to lodge this complain to your doctor who is going to carry out some medical examinations on you and come up with the exact diagnosis of what’s going on.

  25. Ada Gladys Madu // June 15, 2015 at 5:12 PM // Reply

    Thanks doc for all your efforts on information on our health issues. We are very gra8ful
    My complain is DAT I was pregnant and had miscarriage after 2 months in march since march I haven’t seen my period up till now is it normal? I need to b pregnant quickly doc.
    Thanks

    • Hello Gladys

      The issue of not seeing your period after a miscarriage depends on many factors. Did the miscarriage occur on its own it was through an evacuation process?m How old was the pregnancy when the miscarriage occurred? Are you aware if there is any retained substance in the uterus or not? If you have answers to all these, kindly supply them. if not, you might want to visit a hospital for proper examination.

      Regards

  26. i gave birth to my baby nov 13 2014 and i lost her march 26 2015 since den i hv not been seein my period.i dont knw if it is normal.and d kind of white discharge i have bn seein is just too much.dr was a day i made luv wit my husband d way i saw d discharge stain on his penis it really scared. is it normal

    • Hello Patience,

      Sorry about your loss. With this situation, you will need to visit a hospital/lab for thorough medical investigation. With your explanation, there is a high possibility of an infection. The medical test you will do will help you know the type of infection it is and then what can be done about it.

      Regards

  27. ok. thanks

  28. can i still be pregnant again?

  29. pls i need more explanation on this

  30. hello. ve ones be pregnant before, but i had an abortion. but before the abortion i went for scan and i told dat i ve a fibroid.but nw that am married now. am sacred nw if possible i could be pregnant again. pls reply

  31. oluwatoye temitope // December 12, 2014 at 3:54 PM // Reply

    pls l hv miscarriage wen my pregnant was 3month and l went for scan so l hv fibroid pls reply me bk on wat to do.

    • Hello Oluwatoye. One of the several damages fibroid causes is miscarriage. So, it will be good for you to get rid of it and the best way to do it is to go natural. A detailed information about how to get rid of fibroid has been sent to your email.

      Regards

  32. hmnnn, what happened if someone is having her period longer than normal and sometimes black.

    • Hello Ope,
      Your questions is kind of 2 in 1. When you say prolonged period, what do you mean. How long in number of days. Because the term ‘prolong’ in menstruation matter could be relative. What you consider as ‘prolonged’ might be another woman’s normal period. Meanwhile, for the sake of education, let me give you some facts.

      Medically, what is considered as normal menstrual bleeding is a period that lasts from three to seven days and prolonged menstrual bleeding, or menorrhagia, is defined as bleeding that goes beyond a week.

      In determining the cause of your prolonged menstrual bleeding, a visit to your gynecologist or other health care professional is the first step. Your doctor will make a diagnosis after performing a series of tests.

      Also for the sake of educating you, I will list medical conditions that could be the cause of abnormal menstrual bleeding here:

      Uterine fibroids, non-cancerous growths of the uterus wall
      Endometrial hyperplasia, a thickened endometrium
      A bleeding disorder, like von Willebrand disease
      Problems with clotting
      Thyroid functioning
      Glandular issues
      Infection
      Ovarian cysts
      Uterine polyps
      Cancer

      Problems with ovulation can also impact a period’s length.

      Answering you second question, your menstruation cycle is a monthly phenomenon that is dependent on a number of emotional, physical and hormonal variables. All of these work together to ensure that you have a constant supply of mature eggs ready for reproduction at certain times of the month. Your reproductive system also makes sure that the monthly menstrual flow removes the inner lining (endometrium) from the womb once it is not required. Sometimes, this menstrual blood remains in the uterus for a day or two before being passed out. In these cases, you may notice a flow of particularly dark blood that could even appear black or brown. In the absence of any other symptoms or complications medically, this is completely natural and is not a source of concern.

      I hope this helps. If you need more help, don’t hesitate to ask.

      Thanks

  33. It’s like you saw my pain I’ve being in suffering for years .pls where can I get drug in lagos.thanks

  34. Morning,am having issues with painful period for years.was told I have fibroud which I did the surgery to remove it,ever since the surgery am still experiencing pains and was told the fibroud is growing back.Also trying to get pregnant.Pls help

    • Hello Adeola. The fibroid might actually be the cause of the menstrual pain as that’s also one of its symptoms. Please check your email for our recommendations.

      Regards

  35. Gud day nd tnx so much 4dis writes up,God bless.pls I had miscarriage wen I was 5mth pregnate nd discovered I had fibrous bt since den I hav been praying 2get pregnate again nd hav my own child in life.pls need ur reply.

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