What Does Your Vagina Discharge Tell You?

vagina-dischargeHave you been paying attention to your vaginal discharge, the clear, watery, creamy or egg white-like mucus that comes out of your vagina month after month? It actually tells you quite a bit about the stages of your menstrual cycle and the changes in your fertility level. It also alerts you of abnormal conditions that you should be concerned about.

Why Vaginal Discharge?

Vaginal discharge is often triggered by the estrogen level in your body. As you approach ovulation your estrogen level increases, which stimulates the production of fertile mucus. On averge, this process usually starts 6 days before ovulation.

The purpose of the vaginal discharge is simple. It helps create a friendlier environment for the interested suiters (the sperm) to meet with the princess (the egg).

The cervical mucus does this by neutralizing the PH in the vagina (making it more alkaline), and by creating moisture and fluidity so the eager sperm cells can more easily swim through the vaginal canal in order to meet the precious egg princess in the uterus.

Types of Normal Vaginal Discharge

Four types of mucus are produced by specialized glands in the cervix in response to estrogen:

Dry Discharge, the G Type – This type of discharge is dry, pasty and impenetrable, and is associated with a feeling of dryness at the vulva. It's produced at infertile times, i.e. at all times except ovulation. 

Let's try to make this clear. Your infertile days are usually a few days after your period and a few days before your next period. That’s why they’re called “dry days.” These are the days when you’re least likely to get pregnant if you engage in unprotected sex.

The purpose of the dry, pasty G Type discharge is to block sperm from entering the uterus. In my mind, the "G" stands for "Gate." It's like a gatekeeper telling the visitors, "Hey, right now we're closed for business. Come back another time."

Creamy Discharge, the L Type – As estrogen levels begin to rise, the cervix produces a more liquid type of vaginal discharge. This causes the vaginal sensation to be more sticky and wet.

You may notice white creamy mucus at the opening of your vagina that feels sticky or tacky between your dry days and your ovulation days. If you have a 28-day cycle, you’ll probably notice the creamy mucus on days 7-11, for example.

Compared to the dry discharge, the creamy discharge is thinner, but still rather dense. The purpose of the creamy L Type discharge is to catch and filter out some of the abnormal or poor-quality sperm cells before they reach the uterus. 

In my mind, the "L" stands for "Leader." This is the test to weed out the weak sperm and select only the strongest and most viable sperm cells, who may be lucky enough to unite with the precious egg princess.

Egg white-like Discharge, the S Type – As ovulation approaches, a more stretchy and slippery type of discharge is produced. It's often referred to as an egg white-like mucus. This condition creates a distinctively wet sensation at your vulva, and strings of egg white-like disharge, sometimes mixed with clumps of creamy discharge.

This is a clear sign of ovulation. If you notice clear and slippery egg white-like discharge, you’re probably ovulating. Your ovulation days are usually 12 to 16 days before your next expected period. This is the prime time to engage in unprotected sex if you want to be pregnant, or the “slippery days” if you want to avoid pregnancy.

The purpose of the egg white-like discharge is to create or facilitate pathways for the shortlisted sperm to enter the uterus. In my mind, the "S" stands for "Swim." This is when the eager sperm cells swim vigorously across the canal to get closer to the egg princess.

Lubricating Discharge, the P Type – Finally, as ovulation is imminent, the mucus loses its stretch and becomes extremely lubricating. This produces a slippery sensation in the vulva. The last day that P Type mucus is produced is the most fertile day of the whole cycle, i.e. the day before the egg is released or the day it is released.

The P Type mucus is so named because of its rich potassium content. In my mind, though, I associate the "P" with "Peak." It's the peak of the union of the prince sperm and the princess egg, as the sperm pass through the cervix to the uterus.

There are a few other types of vaginal discharge I'd like to mention. Some of them may be normal. But some of them are abnormal that need to be checked out.

Watery Discharge – Sometimes you may notice clear and watery discharge at different times of your cycle. This is completely normal, and it can be particularly heavy after exercising.

Brown Discharge – Sometimes you may also see brown discharge right after your period. It’s most likely the “cleaning out” of the vagina, and there’s nothing to worry about.


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Trying to Conceive or Avoid Unplanned Pregnancy?

Whether you want to get pregnant or try to avoid unplanned pregnancy, you need to pay close attention to these different types of vaginal discharges and know your fertile signs. Here are my recommendations for you:

1. Begin to track your period and note down the types of vaginal discharge you have at various phases of your menstrual cycle. If you do this for 1-2 cycles, I guarantee that you'll have an intimate knowledge about your fertility and ovulation cycle. Our free period tracker also forecasts your ovulation days for you automatically. You can get your free period tracker here.

2. Use ovulation stripes to predict when there is a LH surge, when you are likely to ovulate.

3. If you're concerned about an unwanted pregnancy, read my posts when is it safe to have unprotected sex and 10 tips to avoid unwanted pregnancy without birth control pills.

4. If you suspect that you may be pregnant, read my post how do you know if you're pregnant and take an early pregnancy test to know for sure.

5. If you're trying to conceive, check out our resource library for tips on how to enhance your fertility.


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Types of Abnormal Vaginal Discharge

Excessive Discharge – If you notice excessive vaginal discharge, you may wonder if this is normal. Well, it may be normal in the medical sense, which means that the results of your pelvic exam are likely to come back normal.

However, it could still indicate certain imbalances in your system. The question to ask yourself is whether you experience other symptoms along with the discharge – symptoms such as PMS, irregular periods, irritability, depression, fatigue, loose stools, cold hands and feet, dizziness, backache, frequent urination, or hot flashes for example.

Yellow or Green Discharge – This may indicate an infection, especially if it’s thick or clumpy like cottage cheese or has a foul odor. If the discharge also accompanies pain, itching, discomfort, rash or sore, you should certainly get tested.

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Concerned about Abnormal Vaginal Discharge?

If you're wondering if your vaginal discharge is abnormal either due to a hormone imbalance or an infection, here's what I'd recommend:

1.Take a free quiz and find out if your vaginal discharge is normal or not. We'll send you a free report after reviewing your answers.

2. Learn the 8 most common types of vaginal infections and what causes excessive vaginal discharge to get yourself educated on this matter.

yin-care3. I've done a lot of research and identified 10 most effective home remedies for yeast and other vaginal infections. Many ladies have found them very helpful.

4. My favorite product is the famous Chinese herbal wash Yin Care, which is very effective for various types of vaginal infections. Check out the reviews here.

5. Our Step-by-Step Hormone Guide is designed to help you figure out if you have a potential hormone imbalance, what is out of balance, and what you can do about it. Get your Hormone Guide here. It's completely FREE!

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Since I began to pay attention to my own vaginal discharge, I’ve learned so much about my monthly cycles. I’m continuously amazed by how much there is to learn about our bodies and ourselves. And the more we learn to read our bodies’ signals, the more prepared and ready we are to take better care of ourselves.

If you find this article helpful, I'd appreciate it if you could share it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. Thank you!

Jing Jin, Chief Harmony Officer
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#590 Alexis 2015-02-15 05:38
Hi, my name Alexis and for the passed week I've had a thick white sticky like discharge A long with cramps the passed few days. But, I'm not post to start my period till the 25th and it's only the 14th. My boyfriend and I have also been having unprecedented Sex. I've also had real bad head aches And when I get up or move to fast I get light headed and dizzy. What's going on with me? I'm scared I might be pregnant but, trying not to scary or overoverwhelme Myself.
#589 Reina 2015-01-13 01:13
Hi! I am breastfeeding my 7 month old and am due to start my period today. Been having cramping and light yellowish/clear discharge on and off. My husband and I used condoms and no accidents or unprotected sex. Is this normal for breastfeeding moms? I've been stressing about it, I see that could be a factor as well.
#588 Kay 2015-01-05 23:37
Hi, me and my bf had unprotected sex but he pulled out before he came, i took the Plan B pill after on Friday, Jan 2nd and we had protected sex on Monday Jan 5th. I have a white, kinda light discharge. Does this mean I'm pregnant? Please comment back. In need of some answers..
fathima nazrin
#587 fathima nazrin 2014-12-09 05:04
Hi, I had unprotected sex with my boy frnd. After I had a i-pill . but now I wanted that my boy frnd baby. But what I can do ? Pls any1 can help me...
Giselle C
#586 Giselle C 2014-11-06 04:00
Hi. Um so I had recently gotten off my period & had unprotected sex with my boyfriend. After, I peed & when I wiped myself I saw a small, glob. It looked like a bean curd with a string in the middle & when I put pressure on it, it stayed solid which of freaked me out. Could you tell me what this is?
#585 Jingtastic 2014-10-29 23:07
Does your discharge look like egg-white? I wonder if you're having the ovulation discharge. Some women experience mild cramps when ovulating.
#584 Jingtastic 2014-10-29 23:05
Stephy, have you taken a pregnancy test? I'm curious to hear!
#583 Jingtastic 2014-10-29 23:04
Hi Hina, women usually get the white creamy discharge starting from about a week before ovulation. You mentioned that your period is late. Many reasons can cause delayed periods, such as stress, poor nutrition, travel, medication, changes in life, etc. I encourage you to take a look at what's going on in your life and try to pinpoint what factor(s) may have caused the delay in your period. When you bring balance back to your life, your period usually will return to normal as well. I hope this helps. Blessings...
#582 Jingtastic 2014-10-29 22:58
Hai, this is hard to tell unless you know your menstrual cycle well: how long is your cycle and when you ovulate. I highly encourage you to track your cycles so you know when you ovulate to increase your chances of conception or to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. Check out our free online period tracker: http://www.cycleharmony.com/login. Best wishes to you...
#581 hai 2014-10-29 17:52

i had last period on 21st sep i didnt get the period till today we had intercourse in these durations for past seven days i am having white discharge iam not sure whether its preganant or due to upcoming period
#580 Hina 2014-10-26 05:35
I have had the white creamy discharge done as over about 3 days ago, and my period is around 10-14 days late. This has never happened before. I mean I experience the discharge every month but I've never gotten late periods, pls tell me after how many days of the white creamy discharge shud one get their periods. Not had sex at all. And can u pla tell me some home remedies I can apply to get my periods? Thankou
#579 Stephy 2014-09-04 23:56
I'm due to have my period in 3-4 days and it's always spot on. However I've been have white discharged that looks and feels like lotion. I have no irritation, pain or itchiness. I'm curious if this is possibly early pregnancy discharge???
20 year old
#578 20 year old 2014-08-07 20:29
My discharge is thick and sticky and it is almost clear I am having cramps along with the discharge I want to know if it is normal or if there is something wrong?
#577 Jingtastic 2014-02-17 20:09
Hi kkp, I understand your concern, especially that you and your husband have been trying to conceive for a while. Do you track your basal body temperature? It's an accurate way to tell whether you ovulate or not. Please join us to track your cycles and find support from other women who understand you're going through. We're all in this together. Hope to see you in our community. http://cycleharmony.com/registration?pay=1
#576 Jingtastic 2014-02-17 20:02
Sh, I'm sorry to hear that. Smelly vaginal discharge may indicate an infection. Check out the 8 most common types of vaginal infections here: http://cycleharmony.com/remedies/vaginal-discharge-or-infections/the-most-common-types-of-vaginal-infections

I encourage you to get a check up with your doctor. Let us know how it goes. Please take good care dear!
#575 Sh 2014-01-10 11:43
Hi I'm 23 and started having smelling discharge that ranges from white to a light tan yellow. It smells and I always have to weave pantliners cuz a lot comes out and if I don't wear a pant liner then it can be seen through my pants and underwear...
Can anyone help me??
Cuz I know being wet down there is normal but it smells...
And I don't itch or burn down there. So I dunno what it is...
#574 kkp 2013-12-30 10:30
hi...hope sumone helps me...i usually have white discharge three or four days after my period...but from last month im feeling so dry...no discharge for more thn 10 to fifteen days...thn lill ewcm came for three days...me and my husband are ttc frm last month....this sudden change in me keeps me upset and sad...evn though afta trying last month i dint get concieved....pe riods came late afta one week...this month also same going on...no vaginal discharge after periods for ten days...
#573 Jing 2013-12-08 08:54
Sara, if the vaginal discharge is clear, sticky like eggwhite, it's a sign of ovulation. The chance of getting pregnant is high if you have unprotected sex during ovulation and the fertile days. Hope this helps ;)
#572 Sarah 2013-12-08 08:33
Me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex on the 11th cycle day and I'm due to be most fertile on the 13th cycle day. I woke up the next morning with clear slimey discharge is this normal? And also what are my chances of getting pregnant? Someone please help me:)
#571 Jing 2013-11-26 07:42
Becca, does this clear thick slimy discharge look like egg-white? If so, it indicates that you might be ovulating. It's also normal to have white vaginal discharge before and around ovulation which is approximately from day 12 to 16. It's helpful to associate the vaginal discharge with the time of the menstrual cycle because it helps to tell if the discharge is normal or not, and pin point when something is out of norm. You can do this with a period tracker. In either case, please discuss your symptoms with someone close to you, like your mom, sister, or a teacher. They can better guide you. It's an important time for a girl. If you learn to take good care of your body, it'll take good care of you down the road!
#570 becca.beccaroo 2013-11-25 00:13
Hi im 13 ive only ever had one period and my periods due but when I go toilet theres a clear thick slimy discharge what is it please answer straight away if you can and I have all the symptoms like I have been getting alot of headaches and stomach cramps and emotional feelings
#569 Jing 2013-11-23 21:01
Hi Miranda, your body is telling you that something is seriously out of balance. You need to pay attention. When your stress level is too high, your cortisol stress hormone level will be high too. It'll steal from your sex hormones causing delayed periods or no periods. It might be time to pause and come up with some strategies to reduce stress in your life. Hope you get your period back soon!
#568 Jing 2013-11-23 20:45
Hi dear, the vaginal discharge might be an indication that you might get your period soon. This is an important threshold for a girl. You need to be prepared. Please talk to your mom or teacher who can guide you. Take care dear :)
#567 Jing 2013-11-23 20:18
Hi Sansr, does your vaginal discharge feel like cottage cheese? Have you taken our vaginal discharge quiz? It can point you to some helpful information concerning the nature of your vaginal discharge and what to do about it. Take good care and blessings to you!
#566 sansr 2013-11-15 15:05
hey, i have had thick white watery (not so watery but not slimy) dischare for a couple of months now and it does not smell neither does it itch but it gushes out sometimes. i could literally feel it. and sometimes during intercourse heres a slight fishy smell which rarely happens. what mght this mean>
swaggy 12 year old grl
#565 swaggy 12 year old grl 2013-11-11 07:21
. I hve this white stuff I mostly find everyday nd I sumtyms get worried tht I'm gona get my periods verry soon so wht shud I do coz I'm really worried tht I will get my periods soon.. Help me plzz
swaggy 12 year old grl
#564 swaggy 12 year old grl 2013-11-11 07:21
. I hve this white stuff I mostly find everyday nd I sumtyms get worried tht I'm gona get my periods verry soon so wht shud I do coz I'm really worried tht I will get my periods soon.. Help me plzz
#563 miranda_04 2013-11-05 02:10
I need some advice, the last time I got my period was august 3 and it has officially been 3 months without it. I have taken countless home pregnancy tests and gone to a doctor and all have come up negative one thing I have been getting is a clear white discharge that I get through out the day; I have no irritation what so ever so im ruling out an infection. Please help!! I am working and going to school so my stress levels are pretty high and I feel as if maybe it has to do with me not being able to have children in the future. I have had a miscarriage before about a year and a half ago but since then my period was always irregular but I got it every month give or take a couple of days.
#562 Judith 2013-10-07 13:53
Dear anxious,
one of the side effects of the emergency birth control pill is to affect the menstrual cycle.
Your hormonal balance was drastically disrupted and will take some times to restore itself...
Relax my dear. Let your body work it's magic and everything will come along with time :)
help me!!!
#561 help me!!! 2013-10-05 03:58
So my period is 7days late, for the past 2-3 months now it's been late after i took an emergency pill but not this late. the day of my expected period i had protected sex with my bf for that weekend. my period never came. a few days later, i started experiencing period-like pains and it felt like my period was about to start but it never did. now am having a creamy v discharge. my bf and i don't know what to do, we're confused and am freaking out because i haven't had any pregnancy symptoms, just period symptoms like: tender breasts, abdominal pain and the spot i normally have before my period(that spot is gone now). help!!!
help me!!!
#560 help me!!! 2013-10-05 03:51
i'm experiencing the same thing, but instead i am scared aswell because my bf and i had protected sex the day my period was expected. after taking an emergency pill two months ago i've been having late periods but now am 7days late and so confused, i don't know what to do. could I be pregnant? if so how?
#559 Judith 2013-09-23 17:50
My dear,
when reading about your worries, it isn't the vaginal discharge that troubles me, as much of the tummy pain... Since one the symptom of "at risk" implants is abdominal pain, maybe it wouldn't be such a bad idea to visit a healthcare practitioner.
Be well and let us know if you find out what's causing your concern :)
confused and worried
#558 confused and worried 2013-09-23 15:00
I have had alot of watery clear vaginal discharge and tummy pains for about 4 weeks now I don't have a clue what it could be I have had sex yes but I have my implant and its less than ayear old I hhaven't had any periods since having it put in help please
Veronica C.
#557 Veronica C. 2013-09-14 02:24
Hi, Ahzie! I see you are anxious and waiting with all your heart to get pregnant. The easiest way of finding out if you did, now that it's been 3 weeks after your fertile days when you've had unprotected sex, is to get a pregnancy test. The vaginal discharges may not be very conclusive for such an accurate answer that you need right now. So, try to take the test... And also pay attention to your body and symptoms! I wish you well and good luck in becoming a mom!
Veronica C.
#556 Veronica C. 2013-09-14 01:46
Dear Bianca, if your cycle is every 29 days, you've had your period on 24th of August, and you've had unprotected sex on the 6th and 7th of September, it looks like you've had sex around the ovulation period: meaning the 14th and 15th day of your menstrual cycle. Your vaginal discharge may not indicate right now something very certain.
Your comment is incomplete, but I suppose you wanted to know if you can be pregnant. To be sure you will have to wait for a week or two and take a pregnancy test and also see if there are changes in your menstruation (the day of starting, flow, blood color, pain). I wish you well! Take care of you!
#555 bianca 2013-09-11 17:56
My cycle is every 29 days my lqst period started august 24th and ended augus t27th i had unprotected sex on 6-7 n again on the 9-10 I'm due for my period in 11 days I've had a watery sticky discharge n even have it today. but i also had it on the previous dagys i had unprotected sexmy belly has be really tender today but
#554 Judith 2013-09-10 10:23
Dear Millie,
it's been a while since you wrote your comment... How are you?
Did your period finally arrived?
Please let me know :)
#553 Sonal 2013-09-10 07:11
Hi Ahzie,
Have you taken the home pregnancy test? Please take one and lets take it from there.
Please relax. Don't panic.
#552 Ahzie 2013-09-09 21:03
Hello! I'm trying to get pregnant here, I had unprotected sex on August 24th (on my fertile days) then about a week later or so I had lots of discharge coming out of me it was white and watery only lasted a day. About a week and 4 days later I had a very very light watery period. I went to sleep, woke up 12 hours later and I had like watery/brown/re d discharge it was kind of heavy not really though. Can I still be pregnant? Need an answer ASAP please and lately I've been having cramps and I've been craving food I have never ate before and I can't eat the food I once loved and I gag sometimes but don't end up puking, I have a stronger sense of smell sometimes it's so strong it makes me gag. Can I still be pregnant?
#551 Jing 2013-08-30 08:25
Hi Ann, you mentioned that you had only had one period in your life. Is this right? In the first two years, a girl's body is still in the process of maturing so it's common to have irregular periods. No need to worry. But please do take good care of yourself by eating well, avoiding cold foods and drinks, keeping yourself warm, and creating a healthy lifestyle. Many menstrual issues women develop later on can be contributed to how they take care of themselves in the early years of menstruation. I wish you happy, smooth and harmonious menstrual cycles!



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