Is white discharge normal, or a sign of something serious? If you’re seeing white or creamy discharge, don’t panic. In most cases, this type of discharge is perfectly normal – especially if it’s odorless. Let’s take a closer look at the three most common types of white discharge to help you determine if your case is normal, or if it’s time to see your doctor.
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1. White Milky Discharge
Creamy white discharge is perfectly normal, and can be an indication of a few things. Many women experience this type of discharge during ovulation. If the discharge is stretchy and thick, it’s likely just a sign that you’re ovulating.
In some cases, however, creamy discharge can be an early sign of pregnancy. For some women, this is the first sign they notice, and it’s referred to as leucorrhea. This type of discharge is either completely odorless or carries a very mild odor.
2. Thick White Discharge
White discharge can be very concerning for some women, but in most cases, this type of discharge is also quite normal. As your cycle progresses, your vaginal discharge will begin to thicken.
Women may experience thick discharge during different stages of their menstrual cycle or during pregnancy.
Thick White Discharge Pregnant
Women undergo a lot of changes during pregnancy, and an increase in vaginal discharge is perfectly normal. Most women experience thick, creamy white discharge in the early stages of their pregnancy.
During this time, your vagina is working overtime to create more discharge. Why? To keep the cervix healthy, moist and sealed. Body heat can sometimes liquefy the discharge, which causes it to come out in larger quantities than you’re used to.
Thick discharge can also be normal during the third trimester of your pregnancy.
As long as the discharge is white or clear and odorless, it’s likely normal and your body is just doing its job to keep your cervix clean and healthy.
Thick White Discharge Before Period
Thick discharge just before your period is perfectly normal. This type of discharge is perfectly normal at the beginning and the end of the menstrual cycle.
Just before ovulation, the vagina produces a lot more mucous (up to 30 times more mucous than after ovulation). During this time, your discharge may be watery or elastic. However, there are a few methods you could use to make your period lighter.
At the end of your cycle, just before menstruation begins, you may also see thick white discharge. This is perfectly normal and is no cause for concern, provided there is no itching accompanied with the discharge and that the color is white.
Thick White Discharge No Odor
Discharge that’s completely odorless is perfectly normal. You may experience this type of discharge at the beginning of your cycle, during ovulation and at the end of your cycle.
Thick, creamy discharge may also be a sign of pregnancy, so pay attention to the timing. If your period is late, consider taking a pregnancy test (click here if you want to take a homemade pregnancy test, or check out the most 5 reliable products on the market) or seeing your doctor to confirm your pregnancy. The discharge may be an early sign of pregnancy.
Thick White Discharge After Sex
Seeing white discharge after sex can be alarming, but in most cases, is perfectly nor mal. There are a few different reasons why you’re seeing this right after sex:
- Vaginal Lubrication: When a woman is aroused, a creamy fluid is sometimes secreted to aid in sexual intercourse. In most cases, the fluid is watery and clear or white in color. The body may continue to produce this discharge after sex.
- Cervical Mucus: The cervix produces mucus at different stages of your menstrual cycle. The purpose of the mucus is to help the sperm make its way up to the egg for fertilization. Depending on the stage your menstrual cycle is in, you may see thick, dry mucus after sex. This usually indicates that you’re at the end of your cycle. If the mucus is clear and stretchy, it may be a sign that you’re ovulating. If you don’t wish to get pregnant, be sure to take extra precautions at this time.
- Male Ejaculate: It’s possible that the discharge you’re seeing is not discharge at all. If you and your partner are having sex without a condom, what you may be seeing is male ejaculate. Semen is creamy and sometimes thick, and can easily be mistaken for vaginal discharge.
Thick White Clumpy Discharge
More often than not, white discharge is perfectly normal – provided it’s smooth and odorless. If your discharge is clumpy and its texture resembles cottage cheese, it may be sign of an infection.
Discharge that’s slightly yellow or green and clumpy may be an indication of a yeast infection or Bacterial Vaginosis. If the discharge carries a foul smell, it’s time to see your doctor. Bacterial Vaginosis and yeast infections can be treated with over-the-counter or prescription medications, but only your doctor can diagnose the condition.
3. Excessive Discharge (Is yours brown?)
An excessive amount of thick white vaginal discharge can be normal, but it may also be a sign that it’s time to see your doctor.
Some of the most common causes of heavy discharge include:
- Ovulation: Most women experience an excessive amount of discharge during ovulation. During this time, progesterone levels in the body are high, which causes the body to secrete more discharge than normal. If you’re seeing heavy discharge 10-14 days after the first day of your period, this is likely just a sign of ovulation and is nothing to be concerned about.
- Pregnancy: It’s also perfectly normal for women to secrete an excessive amount of discharge in the early stages of pregnancy. During this time, the vagina is producing more mucus to keep the cervix sealed, moist, clean and healthy.
- Sexual Excitement: Vaginal discharge can act as a natural lubricant for sexual intercourse. The same hormones that cause you to become aroused are the same ones that create a steady secretion of discharge. If you’re sexually aroused, you may notice an excessive amount of discharge for this reason.
- Stress: If you’re under a lot of stress, you may notice more discharge. Stress can create hormonal imbalances, which can affect the amount of discharge you secrete. Excessive discharge caused by stress is harmless, but you may consider taking steps to de-stress in order to prevent future health issues.
In conclusion, thick white discharge is normal in most cases. However, if you notice that your discharge is clumpy and carries a foul odor, see your doctor right away. This may be a sign of an infection and will require treatment.