Personal Harmony Program

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.

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.

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. It's completely FREE.

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 fleshes for example.

- See more at: http://cycleharmony.com/remedies/vaginal-discharge-or-infections/what-causes-excessive-vaginal-discharge#sthash.IdrroTbX.dpuf

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.

Meanwhile, you may want to check out the 8 most common types of vaginal infections to get yourself educated on this matter.

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.

My Recommendations

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.

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. Start tracking your vaginal discharge and menstrual cycles. It's a great way to get to know your own body and understand what's normal for you – and what's not.

Sign up to use Cycle Harmony's Free PERIOD/OVULATION TRACKER which allows you to track your vaginal discharges in addition to your menstrual cycle, body temperature, weight, menstrual flow, and PMS/period symptoms. You're not alone. We're here to support you. Join our community FREE.

Further Reading:

How Do You Know if You're Pregnant

10 Tips to Avoid Unwanted Pregnancy without Birth Control Pills

The Most Common Types of Vaginal Infections

Are You Wet Down There? Cervical Fluid Decoded

When Do You Ovulate, Exactly?

When Is it Safe to Have Unprotected Sex




Jing Jin, Chief Harmony Officer
At CycleHarmony.com, our mission is to empower women to honor their menstrual cycles, improve their reproductive and overall health, and become the very best version of themselves.

Please join our global community by becoming a free member, and by subscribing to our weekly newsletter.

Follow Us
 

Comments  

 
Jingtastic
#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
Reply
 
 
Jingtastic
#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!
Reply
 
 
Sh
#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...
Reply
 
 
kkp
#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...
Reply
 
 
Jing
#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 ;)
Reply
 
 
Sarah
#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:)
Reply
 
 
Jing
#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!
Reply
 
 
becca.beccaroo
#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
Reply
 
 
Jing
#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!
Reply
 
 
Jing
#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 :)
Reply
 
 
Jing
#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!
Reply
 
 
sansr
#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>
Reply
 
 
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
Reply
 
 
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
Reply
 
 
miranda_04
#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.
Reply
 
 
Judith
#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 :)
Reply
 
 
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!!!
Reply
 
 
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?
Reply
 
 
Judith
#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 :)
Reply
 
 
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
Reply
 
 
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!
Reply
 
 
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!
Reply
 
 
bianca
#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
Reply
 
 
Judith
#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 :)
Reply
 
 
Sonal
#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.
Reply
 
 
Ahzie
#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?
Reply
 
 
Jing
#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!
Reply
 
 
Ann On E. Mouse
#550 Ann On E. Mouse 2013-08-29 11:35
I have only ever had one period, but this month it is waaaay later than it was before, I have been feeling PMSy but instead of a period all I got was this light brown/off white discharge. I'm worried, what does this mean?
Reply
 
 
Millie
#549 Millie 2013-08-13 16:24
Hi,
Been expecting my period since Aug. 10 but till now still 'No Show'and is really stressing me. I had unprotected sex but didn't take any precaution (feeling stupid now). The thing is, I usually feel wet few days to my period but cant seem to feel it this time (actually very dry). But got tender and sore boobs and occasionally have this lower back pain when i sit for long. Took pregnancy test today (Aug. 13) but it reported negative. what could be the matter
Reply
 
 
Sonal
#548 Sonal 2013-08-05 07:45
Hi Drishti,
If you have taken the ipill, I don't think there is anything to worry; because I have tried the pill myself and it has worked for me. But to be on the safer side, I would suggest you take the pregnancy test. Most importantly, relax since even stress can affect the menstrual cycle.
Reply
 
 
drishti
#547 drishti 2013-08-03 05:10
Hi
My periods are 2 days late this time. generally i had my cycle of 24 days
last time i had my periods on 6 july so this time i expected that on 1st aug bt i still didnt get it .I had unprotected sex with my fiancee but i took ipill within 72 hours .I had thigh pain and watery discharge .Does that mean am Pregnant.
Reply
 
 
drishti
#546 drishti 2013-08-03 05:05
Hi my periods are 2 days late. normally have 24 days cycle last i had my periods on 6 july so this time it should be on 1st bt still i didnt gt it yet. i have thigh pain and a watery discharge .Does it mean am pregnant??
Reply
 
 
Hiranya
#545 Hiranya 2013-07-29 15:00
Dear Janis,
How are you now? Are you still on your period, or has it petered out as normal? There are many reasons why our cycles get out of sync, but, if it is the first instance, there's no need to worry. Think of it as a gentle reminder from your body to treat it right: whether through your diet, exercise, stress management and general self-care. Can you think of any reason it might have got out of sync? Perhaps you have been under emotional stress? Either way, observe what happens on your next cycle and it's timing, and, in the meanwhile do what you can to take care of yourself. The website and forum are full of wonderful suggestions that may help.
Hiranya
Reply
 
 
Janis
#544 Janis 2013-07-22 18:52
I started my period a week early. I am 17 years old my period was heavy for the second day and half of the third day. it has lasted 4 days. today is the 4th day it was very heavy earlier in the day I went back to the restroom and wiped myself to see light red to pink on the toilet paper. it was also glossy glooey and sticky im so scared help
Reply
 
 
Judith
#543 Judith 2013-07-20 19:44
Dear Nina,
when I'm told my body will react a certain way (either it's by a friend, doctor, health practitioner... ) I've learnt to take it with a grain of salt :)
Each human body reacts differently. Of course there's a general linear model, but remember their are numerous aspects to take into account.
If you still think you could be pregnant, why not take another test?
Be well my dear...
Reply
 
 
Judith
#542 Judith 2013-07-20 19:05
Dear 13 yr old lady,
please don't be scared...
Looks like you'll be entering the womanhood pretty soon! It's a time of celebration :)
My periods started just like that as well; bloody/slimy brownish stuff coming from down there.
I too were worried, but my mom guided me through the whole transition... Have you talked to yours about it? If you don't feel comfortable, maybe there's a woman in your entourage that could give you some advices.
Know there's always someone here to hear you, respond to your questions and be there for you. Our community's role is also to help young women becoming great ladies!
Don't worry and enjoy your passage!
Reply
 
 
Nina
#541 Nina 2013-07-19 00:04
Hi i had gotten my Tirana out about a month ago i was told i would get a very heavy period within a week and i never got it i had some brownish spotting after sex for the first three weeks then then had a very light pink spotting for about seven hrs then regular clear discharge well me and my bf had sex a couple hrs ago and about a half hr later i had a a very very thick clear discharge i have taken a pregnancy test about a week and a half ago and it was negative but i believe i may b I've had to kids already but nothing like what's happening now any idea if its pregnancy or just in my head thanks
Reply
 
 
13 yr old
#540 13 yr old 2013-07-17 01:02
Hi I am just like kazi but my discharge is like slimyblood im scared what dose it mean please help
Reply
 
 
Sonal
#539 Sonal 2013-07-16 18:12
Hi Julia,
If you are concerned about being pregnant, I think you should take the pregnancy test.
Reply
 

POST A COMMENT

Name
Email

Security code
Refresh

MOOD RUNNER

  A Little App that helps you create
a healthier lifestyle
 
mood runner

Popular in Menstrual Tracking

POLL: Your Opinion Matters!

We're hosting a series of sister calls. Please tell us which topic you'd be most interested in.
SubscribeFacebook Twitter Youtube
Your Personal Harmony Program
WHO IS BEHIND CYCLE HARMONY?
My name is Jing. I founded CycleHarmony.com to inspire and empower my sisters around the world to honor our menstrual cycles and embrace the vibrant, radiant women we were born to be.

View Jing's story