The reproductive system is a complex system, more so in the female body. As a woman, numerous things happen in your body that you may never fully comprehend. There are, however, other things that you should learn about the vaginal discharge.
Having vaginal discharge is a high aspect of the reproductive system. Glands produce the release in the vaginal and cervical area. Did you already know that the vagina is a self-cleaning organ? Discharge is mainly fluid that cleans and moisturizes the vaginal canal. It oozes out, and with it, all harmful bacteria and unwanted cells from the reproductive system is removed.
The color, smell, and consistency of discharge is an excellent communicator of the state of health. You can determine if you are ovulating, pregnant, safe, or sick just by checking the color, smell and viscosity of your discharge.
Sometimes your hormones go all catawampus and affect your discharge. It is, therefore, essential for you to learn the different kinds of release and what they mean for your health. In this article, we will explore the clear watery discharge in all its glory.
Clear White, Mild with no Odor (Leukorrhea)
Almost all women have had this type of discharge at least once or twice in their cycles. It is a clear white milky release with little or no odor. Leukorrhea is mostly a sign of a healthy system. You will likely experience this type of release as your body works to balance your hormones. Unless itching or inflammation accompany it, leukorrhea is no cause for alarm.
Thick White Cheesy Discharge
When you discover a thick white cheesy discharge, there is some cause for concern. The consistency of this discharge is almost like milk that has gone lousy forming curd-like lumps. If you experience mild itching around the opening of the vagina and pain during intercourse, it is very likely that you have a yeast infection.
Candida Albicans cause vaginal yeast infection. Candida is a fungus that naturally occurs in your lady parts. However, occasionally, this fungus overgrows and upsets the balance of your cooze. This results in a yeast infection.
Approximately 75% of all women get yeast infections. All you need to do is visit your gynecologist for a swab test. If your doctor confirms that you do have a yeast infection, you will get a prescription for pills or vaginal cream.
Yeast infection is not sexually transmitted. The most common causes are an increase in estrogen levels (before and after periods), birth control, excessive use of antibiotics and diabetes among others.
Clear Watery Odorless Discharge
A clear watery odorless discharge carries the most diverse indicators in the monthly cycle. When you experience this release, it is for several reasons. Though, the bright, watery odorless discharge is no reason to panic. It is mostly an indicator of different stages of your cycle.
One instance when you will discover this type of discharge is during ovulation. Your body produces 30 times more discharge during ovulation to cleanse your lady parts and to provide ideal swimming conditions for sperm. So when you notice you are producing more clearly watery discharge than normal, check your calendar, it could be baby-making time.
Clear watery discharge also presents during or after intercourse. When a woman becomes sexually aroused, her lady parts produce discharge for lubrication. This discharge is not produced inside your vagina, rather, by two glands situated above the vagina. The amount of discharge generated varies for each woman. If you experience discharge after sex, it is likely a combination of your arousal discharge plus sperm.
Pregnancy can also cause clear watery discharge. The hormonal rollercoaster your body goes through during pregnancy causes lots of clear watery discharge. As your estrogen levels skyrocket, your body produces more discharge in a bid to create the mucus plug that eventually seals the cervix. Massive production of discharge is consistent throughout pregnancy.
Perhaps the strangest time to discover clear watery discharge is during your periods. Yes, this does happen. No scientific backing has been able to explain why or where this release comes from. If you experience this release, it is no cause for alarm. Just blame it on your cranked up estrogen.
White Grey or Yellow Discharge with a Fishy Odor
The white grey or yellowish discharge with a fishy smell is not at all good. The gauge of smell is a personal one depending on how your lady parts usually smell. The most likely cause for this type of discharge is Bacterial Vaginosis.
Bacterial Vaginosis is a mild infection caused by bacteria introduced into the reproductive system. It is characterized by a white grey fishy discharge and a burning sensation during intercourse and urination. Although science has been at a loss to reveal the cause of this disease, it has determined that it is sexually transmitted.
If you happen to contract Bacterial Vaginosis without having sexual contact, the infection may be attributed to douching. Douching is washing the vagina with other fluids other than clean, pure water. It introduces foreign chemicals into the delicate balance of bacteria and fungi down there. Always remember that the vagina is self-cleaning. Don’t be looped into inserting chemicals that claim to clean and deodorize it. Insist on having protected sex, especially if you have more than one partner.
Bacterial Vaginitis is treated with a prescription. If you notice this type of discharge, immediately rush to your gynecologist.
Pink Creamy Odorless Discharge
Pink creamy odorless discharge can be either a healthy or an unhealthy sign. Although it can be an indicator of a much scarier situation like gonorrhea, cancer, or chlamydia, there are many instances that this creamy pink discharge is perfectly reasonable.
This discharge could very well mean you are pregnant! The creamy pink discharge could be as a result of implantation bleeding. After conception, as the egg attaches to the uterine wall, you may experience very light bleeding that manifests as pink creamy odorless discharge.
If you notice your creamy pink discharge during ovulation, ovulation spotting could be attributed. As the egg separates from the follicle, there may be a bit of spotting which could be what you are seeing.
Changing or starting your hormonal contraception may also cause a little spotting. The natural balance of the hormones in our bodies is messed up by Hormonal contraception which causes unprecedented spotting.
When your pink creamy odorless discharge shows up after your period, likely delayed periods are the reason of ovulation spotting.
If you are above 35 and experience pink creamy discharge for none of the above reasons, it may indicate the start of your perimenopause stage. When estrogen drastically drops during perimenopause, you may experience a bit of bleeding.
Our reproductive health as women is very complicated. Our bodies are continually going through changes. It is essential, therefore, to learn as much as we can about the workings of our bodies. Having a basic knowledge of your reproductive health and how to manage your body will save you the visits to the gynecologist. It is also important to keep in mind that we are only as healthy as the things we put in our bodies. If we pay more attention to the things we indulge in, common diseases and ailments will be a thing of the past.