Called leucorrhoea, white discharge is completely normal. However, this phenomenon tends to surprise and even worry. Their consistency changes depending on the time of the cycle, but as you will see, it is very easy to recognize them and to understand what each white discharge corresponds to.
What is white discharge?
White discharge appears at the same time as the first menstrual period and lasts until the menopause. This vaginal discharge is made up largely of cervical mucus. It is secreted to keep the vagina perfectly moist but also to protect it. Indeed, the white discharge rebalances the vaginal pH, thus limiting the risk of mycosis. As a real barrier against germs and bacteria, they prevent infections. To help them act, it is important to have a soft intimate hygiene thanks, in particular, to a neutral pH soap. Also, avoid douching, which causes an imbalance in the flora.
Why do all women experience white discharge?
Throughout their lives, all women experience white discharge. Their secretion is an innate function of our organism, a sign of a perfectly functioning body.
What does white discharge look like?
The appearance and texture of each white discharge tells you what time of the cycle you are going through:
- Yellow discharge: when white discharge becomes cloudy and yellowish, it announces the arrival of your period.
- Milky white discharge: Milky white discharge is the beginning of a cycle. It is secreted to maintain a good vaginal pH favorable to ovulation.
- Creamy or thick white discharge: when a creamy white discharge appears, it means that you have ovulated. Its role is to keep the vagina clean. This type of white discharge can appear for 14 days and even during pregnancy.
- Heavy white discharge: If you notice that you have a lot of clear, viscous white discharge, your body is working hard to help you fertilize. In fact, this type of white ovulation discharge occurs during the fertile period. It lubricates the vaginal canal and helps sperm travel to the egg. Heavy white discharge can also be disturbing. If it stains your underwear or creates an unpleasant wet feeling, talk to your gynecologist. Changing your contraceptive method may help limit the discharge.
Is white discharge smelly?
A white discharge caused by the evolution of your estrogen secretion should not be smelly. It can be a sign of vaginosis (an imbalance of the vaginal flora), fungus or a sexually transmitted trichomonas infection.
White discharge and pregnancy: is it normal?
During pregnancy, don't be surprised to discover that you have a creamy white discharge, or even a heavier discharge than usual. The body is working hard to protect the vagina, and that means producing more vaginal secretions.
What other secretions should not be confused with white discharge?
If a yellow discharge is accompanied by itching or burning, it may be a symptom of infection. Also watch out for milky white discharge that looks curdled: it may be a sign of a fungus. Similarly, when the color of a white discharge is intense yellow, grayish or even greenish, it is a secretion to be checked by your gynecologist.
Having a white discharge is natural and harmless. These vaginal secretions change in appearance according to your cycle and should not worry you. It is a sign of a healthy body, but it can also alert you to infections that require consultation with your doctor. So keep a close eye on them.
FAQs on white discharge
What causes white discharge?
White discharge is caused by your body. This secretion will take on a different appearance depending on your estrogen secretion. They can therefore provide protection adapted to the needs of your vagina at different times of your cycle. They thus make it possible to preserve an optimal vaginal pH. Their secretion ensures perfect moisture in the vagina and creates a protective barrier against germs and bacteria.
Is it normal to have a white discharge every day?
It is perfectly normal to have a white discharge every day. If you look at it, you'll notice that it's a little more yellow before your period. At the beginning of your cycle, don't be surprised to discover a milky white discharge. White ovulation discharge is more viscous. It often gives way to a creamy, protective white discharge. The latter is also very common during pregnancy.
Is white discharge a sign of pregnancy?
White discharge is not a sure sign that you are pregnant. If you notice a heavy white discharge, it may be a sign of pregnancy. This is because the increased production of estrogen and progesterone causes the vagina to shed much more rapidly. The body accompanies this desquamation by increasing the production of vaginal secretions leading to white discharge.