Vaginal Discharge: Different Types and What They Mean

Vaginal discharge is normal for every woman its such things as colour, consistency and thickness vary with regards to the menstrual cycle.

Before ovulation there is 30 times more mucous produces as compared to after ovulation (After the egg has bee released). Pre-ovulation discharge is also more watery and stickier than other phases of the cycle.

Yellow or green discharge should be a cause for alarm. Also, if it is clumpy like cottage cheese or has bad odor, you should see you doctor or gynecologist.

Vaginal discharge that looks like cottage cheese is a sign of yeast infection

Different types of discharge

White: Discharge that is thick and white is common at the beginning and end of your cycle. If the white discharge is accompanied by itching, it could be a sign of a yeast infection and you should go see a doctor.

Clear: Clear and stretchy discharge is indicative of your “fertile” days when you are ovulating.

Clear and watery: It can occur at different times of your cycle and is especially common after exercising.

Yellow or green: This is a sign of an infection and especially when it looks like cottage cheese.

Brown: This mostly occurs just after your periods. Old blood looks brown.

Spotting blood/brown discharge: This may occur mid cycle or at the beginning of a pregnancy when your normal periods would come.

A Normal vaginal discharge should be about a teaspoon a day and it should be white or transparent, thick to thin and with no odor.

Vaginal discharge is formed by normal bacteria and fluids secreted by the vagina. The difference in the color, amount and consistency or the discharge is dependent on the period of the menstrual cycle, sexual activity, pregnancy and birth control that one is using.

The following symptoms require that you go see a doctor:

  • Pain
  • Discomfort
  • Itching
  • Rash or sores in the vagina; with or without the discharge

When is the last time you saw a gynecologist concerning your reproductive health?  

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