The vagina is the entry to your reproductive system. Your body produces pH to create an acidic environment that prevents bacteria from passing through the cervix. This process ensures that your reproductive system is protected from infection.
Vaginal discharge is normal, and the discharge is the body’s way to cleanse the vagina of bacteria.
Clear, watery discharge is normal in most cases. The clarity of the discharge indicates that the body is doing its job. Your vagina’s pH levels are balanced, and the yeast and healthy bacteria are in good balance when the discharge is watery.
But your discharge will change during your cycle, too. Women can have creamy discharge, little discharge and discharge that is egg-like (ovulation). The good news is that all these discharge levels are normal, and they’re normally not a cause for concern.
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4 Types (Colors) of Watery Discharge
Watery discharge is standard. Since every woman will produce different volumes of discharge, there is no normal type. If the discharge is simply watery, you can sleep well at night knowing that there’s no cause for concern.
But if other symptoms occur or you have different color discharge, you should be concerned.
If you have the following discharge, you’ll want to seek the help of a doctor:
- Yellow (pale or dark): The presence of yellow watery discharge is an indicator of gonorrhea or bacterial vaginosis. This discharge often smells fishy, and it is accompanied by itching of the vagina and pain when urinating or having intercourse.
- Cheesy: A woman that has cheesy watery discharge will note a foul odor, too. This discharge is often a cloudy white that resembles cottage cheese. Yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis are two conditions that may cause cheesy discharge.
- Green: Green watery discharge is an indicator of chlamydia or trichomoniasis. This discharge will have a fishy, sour smell and is often accompanied by redness and pelvic pain.
- Gray: If you’re suffering from gray watery discharge, this may be a sign of bacterial vaginosis. This condition will cause the discharge to have a strong odor, and it will cause itching and swelling of the vagina.
If the watery discharge has an odor or it’s more white than it is clear, this may be a sign of an infection or something else going on in the body. When we say “watery,” we mean water-like discharge that is clear in color and not white or a faint gray color.
4 Causes of Clear Watery Discharge
Wet vaginal discharge is normal. Your menstrual cycle will cause a variety of discharge changes, and watery discharge is simply one of those changes. If you’re suffering from other symptoms, a trip to the doctor is recommended.
Women will find that there are four main causes or times when they’ll experience this clear discharge:
Ovulation provides the ideal environment to get pregnant. If you want to get pregnant, ovulation provides you with the highest chance of pregnancy. The cervical mucus provides a stretchy, watery environment that allows sperm to swim through the cervix while being protected.
Remember, the mucus normally protects against bacteria and infection, but it also helps enhance your chances of pregnancy.
Estrogen levels in the body ramp up during ovulation, and this leads to vaginal discharge. This happens over a period of days, and the body produces 30 times the mucus it normally does during ovulation.
The increase in discharge results in a woman:
- Experiencing wet panties
- Noticing discharge trickles
There is an apparent “wetness” that occurs during ovulation. The discharge during ovulation is:
And it will be followed by a period of dryness, and then your period.
2. Watery Discharge During Pregnancy
Are you trying to conceive? If so, you may be pregnant. Some women will notice this watery discharge before taking a pregnancy test and confirming their belief that they’re pregnant. This discharge happens because of hormonal changes as the body prepares for pregnancy. Your hormones will be all over the place.
Estrogen levels in the body rise almost immediately after fertilization. These hormones prepare the body for pregnancy, and this will eventually cause a major uptick in cervical mucus. The mucus will become so heavy that it will cause what’s called a “mucus plug.” This plug keeps bacteria from entering the vagina to help protect the fetus until near labor.
Your discharge may even have streaks of blood.
If you have a watery, blood-streaked discharge, this can be a sign of implantation bleeding. Some women will notice spotting, but there are other women that have more of a slight watery discharge with small amounts of blood.
Vaginal discharge will persist during pregnancy, and this is normal unless it’s heavy and red.
If you have bleeding or continual deep red discharge, you’ll want to consult with a doctor to ensure that your baby is developing in a healthy manner.
3. After Intercourse
If you’ve just had sex or notice watery discharge during sex, this is caused by sexual arousal. A woman that’s sexually aroused, as she will be during intercourse, will find that the discharge isn’t from the vagina.
There are two glands above the vagina that cause the discharge to occur.
Your body produces this discharge to lubricate the vagina to help make penetration easier. Sometimes, women will notice that they have watery discharge for hours after sex. This is a sign that the glands haven’t stopped producing the discharge.
This is a normal occurrence and will stop on its own.
4. Watery Discharge During Period
Water can’t exit the vagina unless it’s forced into the vagina. This is an abnormal occurrence, and some women will experience this discharge without any clear reason. Many OBGYNs don’t understand why the watery discharge occurs during a period.
There’s a risk that you may have:
- Hormonal imbalances
- An STD
Many women complain of their panties being soaked with this discharge during their period, and no one seems to have a clear understanding of why this happens.
You’ll want to consult with your physician and undergo testing.
Treatment for Watery Discharge
There’s really no treatment for watery discharge, so if you have clear liquid discharge, you’ll want to go the natural route to help alleviate the condition. If you do have an STD that’s causing the discharge, this will require medication for the condition to crease.
5 Ways to Ease Watery Discharge Discomfort
Methods of helping to calm the discharge are common sense, but many women will fail to do them. If the discharge is causing discomfort, consult your doctor. Otherwise, you can try the following to help ease:
- Use Baby Wipes
Make use of your purse. Baby wipes are a great way to help clean the vagina and keep the area bacteria-free. These wipes shouldn’t be inserted in the vagina. Simply clean the outside of the vagina to alleviate any smells or wetness that’s causing discomfort.
If possible, choose an unscented baby wipe.
The fewer chemicals, the better.
- Use Pads
I don’t recommend keeping a tampon in to solve watery discharge. But you can use pads to ensure that your undies stay dry. Always offers very thin pads that are comfortable and work to absorb any liquid that may be expelled.
These pads don’t come with wings, and they absorb within seconds.
This is a great way to stop the wet feeling that leaves you feeling self-conscious and uncomfortable throughout the day.
- Change Your Underwear Often
If your underwear is getting wet fast, you’ll want to keep a fresh pair in your purse. This allows you to change your underwear as it gets wet to avoid any discomfort. You’ll also want to change your underwear to ensure that no bacteria buildup occurs.
It’s not uncommon for the moist and wet environment to cause bacteria growth in the panties.
And this bacterium can lead to infection, which is not fun.
- Increase the “Air”
If you can, sleep naked at night without pants or underwear. Place a towel down on the bed to ensure that the bed doesn’t get wet. This airing out allows you to decrease the risk of infection and reduces irritation.
An issue of bacteria imbalance will benefit from airing out.
The body will sort out the bacteria imbalance on its own in most cases.
- Boost Your Immune System With Natural Herbs
Watery discharge isn’t an indicator of healthy issues, but there’s a small risk that the discharge will transition into an infection. This happens when other symptoms are present, and the discharge will often change colors instead of staying clear.
A few natural herbs and products that can help you boost your immune system to fight off potential infection are:
- Vitamin C
- Saraca ashoka
- Cimicifuga Racemosa
You can also try to cleanse the urinary tract with cranberry juice to stop an infection before it progresses.
Again, this may be overkill, but it’s never a bad idea to help boost your immune system and clean out the reproductive system.
Watery discharge is common, and there often isn’t a cause for concern. Since clear discharge is part of the normal menstrual cycle, it often occurs monthly without concern. If you notice a gush of discharge that can soak a tampon, consult with your doctor. If any symptoms accompany this discharge, proper medical care is recommended.