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Vaginal discharge is normal and varies during your. Before ovulation (the release of the egg), there is a lot of mucous produced, up to 30 times more than after ovulation. It is also more watery and elastic during that phase of your cycle. You may want to wear panty liners during that time. The things to be worried about include if the discharge has a yellow or green color, is clumpy like cottage cheese, or has a bad odor. If you are worried, see a doctor. White: Thick, white discharge is common at the beginning and end of your cycle. Normal white discharge is not accompanied by itching. If itching is present, thick white discharge can indicate a. Clear and stretchy: This is "fertile" mucous and means you are ovulating. Clear and watery: This occurs at different times of your cycle and can be particularly heavy after. Yellow or Green: May indicate an, especially if it is thick or clumpy like cottage cheese or has a foul odor. Brown: May happen right after periods, and is just "cleaning out" your vagina. Old blood looks brown. Spotting Blood/Brown Discharge: This may occur when you are ovulating/mid-cycle. Sometimes early in
you may have spotting or a brownish discharge at the time your period would normally come. If you have spotting at the time of your normal period rather than your usual amount of flow, and you have had sex without using, you should check a pregnancy test.

Is this normal? Below, physician assistant Steven Johnson explains what is normal and when to see a health care provider regarding vaginal discharge topics. One of the challenges to answering questions sent into a health care Web site is making sure that the person asking the question seeks the advice and care from her doctor when appropriate. There is often information not given that can really change the answer. For instance: How old are you (really)? Are you on medications or do you take herbs or vitamins? Do you have pain or itching? Are you pregnant? Do you have other health problems (like diabetes)? An important question is sexual activity. Sometimes it isn't accurate to simply say yes or no. Symptoms can depend on the number of sexual partners, kind of sexual partners, birth control, birth control failure, kind of sex you are having, and if abuse is involved. I think you can see, it can get pretty complicated to get all the information needed to give the best answer possible. With that said, here is my best answer to the common question of vaginal discharge.

A normal vaginal discharge consists of about a teaspoon (4 milliliters) a day that is white or transparent, thick to thin, and odorless. This is formed by the normal bacteria and fluids the vaginal cells put off. The discharge can be more noticeable at different times of the month depending on ovulation, menstrual flow, sexual activity, and birth control. It is not uncommon for the normal discharge to be dark, brown, or discolored a day or two following the menstrual period. If you are having any of the symptoms below see your health care provider Believe it or not, your discharge can tell you when you're pregnant. At the beginning of your pregnancy, you may notice a thicker, heavier or gummy discharge. This is because the cervix and vaginal walls get softer, and discharge increases to help prevent any infections travelling up from the vagina to the womb. Karen says that you can also experience discharge towards the end of your pregnancy as well. "Most women will have an increased amount of vaginal discharge during pregnancy, particularly in the later stages. As long as the discharge isn't smelly, itchy or blood stained then nothing needs to be done. The most important thing to be aware of is 'Could this be leakage of waters? ' If there's a lot of watery loss, get checked out by your midwife or the hospital. " 4.

You're stressed Women are increasingly more stressed today with work, family and hectic lifestyles. But the perils of stress can also affect our physical health. Stress is a major cause for hormonal imbalances within the body, which could in turn can lead to vaginal discharge, according to some experts. 5. You have an infection Your discharge can also indicate something's not right physically. If you're experiencing discharge that is odourless, thick, white and has a lumpy texture and 'a bit like cottage cheese', it's likely to be a yeast infection, or thrush. You may also experience itching, soreness, burning and irritation. Karen says: "Thrush usually occurs when there's an overgrowth of yeast that lives normally in your gut. But if this yeast gets out of control, it can lead to unpleasant symptoms. A typical reason is taking antibiotics, for something unrelated like earache or tonsillitis, which kills off healthy bacteria. " Thrush can usually be easily treated using an over-the-counter product, such as The same applies to bacterial vaginosis (BV), which Karen describes as 'having a snotty nose in the vagina'.

This is an unpleasant looking mucus sort of discharge and can be accompanied by a fishy odour and burning sensation: "This is also due to a loss of balance of the normal bacteria of the vagina. It's also very common in older women when they don't have oestrogen, which creates moisture in the vagina and keeps germs in the right balance. " Your discharge could even be an indicator of a sexual transmitted infection "No doubt that all common infections, such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea, can cause vaginal discharge but they are also often silenced and are causing much more serious problems higher up in the tubes so it's better to go and get checked out. " 6. You need to see your GP You may experience spotting (which is a reddish, rusty brown) before or after your period, which is perfectly normal and very common. If you're on the Pill, you may even experience spotting throughout your cycle. But Karen says that a prolonged blood stained discharge is more worrying. "This could be a uniformity brown staining, slightly unpleasant smelling discharge. It should be investigated as it could be something more serious higher up on the cervix or in the uterus. " So if this sounds familiar, be sure to get it investigated.

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