Vaginal discharge has different characteristics, such as the smell, quantity, color, and accompanying symptoms. Depending on these characteristics, each type of flow can mean something different.
Vaginal discharge can be completely normal, or it can be a symptom of certain health problems, such as a yeast infection.
Thick White discharge is probably one of the most common vaginal discharge, and most women will have it at some point in their life. This type of discharge can have many different causes, from normal to pathological.
Creamy white discharge before menstruation
Creamy white discharge before the menstrual period is especially common. As long as the discharge is odorless and not itchy, it is probably a normal part of your menstrual cycle.
It is important to remember that in many cases, vaginal discharge is the body’s way of keeping itself clean. Even if the discharge is a bit unpleasant, it’s there to protect you! The glands of the cervix produce fluids throughout the cycle. The amount of fluid secreted by these glands can make the flow stickier or more watery, depending on the phase of your cycle.
Before your period, it is likely to be stickier. This happens because, unlike the elastic fluid that is secreted during ovulation, your body is trying to prevent sperm from going up the cervix during these days. Without a fertile egg in sight, the creamy, sticky discharge is meant to keep sperm away.
The white creamy discharge or leucorrhoea before menstruation also contains dead cells, white blood cells, and bacteria. The production of discharge helps your vagina to cleanse itself of unwanted substances and microorganisms.
This is precisely why some women produce a lot of white creamy discharge a few days before menstruation. After your period, you may also have some creamy pink discharge. This occurs because the white discharge is stained from menstrual blood.
Creamy white discharge after ovulation
It is normal to experience a clear, stretchy, egg white-like mucous discharge just as you ovulate. This flow is intended to help the sperm to move so that they can reach the viable egg found in the uterine tubes.
But that egg is only useful for 24 hours. And once ovulation is over, hopefully the vaginal discharge will change again. This is known as the luteal phase of your cycle. During this phase, the discharge becomes stickier and less penetrable.
Creamy white discharge during sex
There are several things that can cause vaginal discharge after sex. Among the reasons are:
- natural female lubrication;
- female ejaculation;
- male ejaculation, if a condom is not used;
- the normal creamy white discharge;
Some women also have a thick, pink discharge after sex. In some cases, this may be due to heavy intercourse that causes the cervix to bleed very lightly. It can also happen if you have sex just before, during, or after your period.
Menopausal women may also have a creamy pink discharge after sex. Hormonal changes during menopause can cause vaginal dryness. This condition can make women more likely to have vaginal bleeding after intercourse because their tissues are more prone to injury.
Creamy white discharge during pregnancy
Most women will experience an increase in vaginal discharge during their pregnancies. Although it is understandable that this worries you, do not be alarmed. As long as this creamy white discharge is odorless and itchy, this increase is totally normal.
This Thick White discharge is known as leucorrhoea. Increasing levels of hormones during pregnancy increase your body’s production of fluids and flow. Your body does this to keep the uterus protected from bacteria that could harm the developing baby.
Remember that if you are pregnant and you notice that the discharge has an unpleasant odor or you feel vaginal itching, you should consult your doctor. Vaginal infections during pregnancy can lead to different complications, such as preterm labor and neonatal sepsis.
Thick White discharge with odor. Is there a reason to worry?
Under normal circumstances, the thick white discharge should be odorless. If you notice that your vaginal discharge has an odor, you could suffer a vaginal infection.
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a condition that can cause vaginal discharge. The discharge produced by BV is usually yellow or gray rather than white. In addition, this discharge has a fishy smell that can be worse after sexual intercourse.
Yeast infections are very common. Vaginal yeast infections affect three out of four women at some point in their lives. Yeast infections are caused by a fungus called candida, which is a normal part of the vaginal flora. However, candida can cause unpleasant symptoms when it multiplies excessively.
This is more likely to happen when women take oral contraceptives, antibiotics, or have diabetes. Yeast infections produce a creamy white discharge that clots and resembles cottage cheese. Symptoms of a yeast infection can also include:
- vaginal itching or burning;
- redness or swelling of the genitals;
- pain when urinating;
- painful intercourse
The thick, creamy discharge that accompanies a yeast infection is usually odorless.
There are many reasons why women produce a creamy discharge. If you have vaginal discharge, it can help to use an app like Flo to keep track of your symptoms. It can help you know when your flow is normal — for example, when it occurs only around your period — or when it’s time to see your doctor. As long as the white, creamy discharge is odorless and is not accompanied by other symptoms, it is probably a normal part of your cycle.
However, if you have observed new symptoms or a sudden increase in the amount of your vaginal discharge, a doctor can help you determine the cause of these changes. If a hormonal imbalance or infection is causing your vaginal discharge, your doctor can prescribe the appropriate treatment so that you feel better very soon.