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Clear Vaginal Discharge

The fact that vaginal discharge occurs frequently, could seem like
something is going wrong in a woman’s health; however, a clear
vaginal discharge is something that the majority of women experience at
some point in their lives.

This jelly-like discharge could go unnoticed by many women until they
try to create a family.

For the most part, this discharge is completely normal and it shouldn’t
be an issue of concern in a woman’s health.

Vaginal discharge is created by the cervical glands located in the cervix
part of the vagina, and it is normally used to keep the vagina clean, to protect the reproductive
organ from infections and some other health benefits.

The Purpose of Vaginal Discharge

Vaginal discharge has two mains purposes: one is to clean and keep the vagina healthy the other is to
support pregnancy.

Throughout the months, vaginal discharge occurs to regulate and maintain a
healthy environment inside the vagina. These secretions are basically composed of fluid
secreted by the cervical gland and the vagina. At this point, the main purpose of the discharge
is keep the necessary amount of moist inside the vagina and at the same time to protect
the uterus from invading germs. This type of discharge is thick and sticky.

There is another important reason why the body creates a clear vaginal discharge,
and this is to make it easier for the sperm to reach the woman’s egg after ejaculation occurs inside the vagina.
This occurs around the middle of the month. This is the time when the ovaries release the egg

Ovulation and Vaginal Discharge

The ovulation period has a lot to do determining the consistency and
color of vagina secretion. The discharge changes throughout the
menstrual cycle.

If you notice a clear vaginal discharge like egg
white, you are likely about to ovulate.
Egg white cervical mucus is the most fertile kind of cervical mucus,
because it has the ideal viscosity and pH for sperm.

It helps the sperm swim up from the vaginal canal and the cervix into
the uterus. It also helps the sperm survive the usually more acidic
environment of the vagina. Some women are tented to take a douche
when they see this clear vaginal discharge. But this is a big
mistake, especially if they are planning a family. A douche will
eliminate the ideal environment for the sperm to thrive, preventing
getting pregnant.

After ovulation,  vaginal discharge will typically become creamier and may
seem thick or sticky. The amount of mucus decreases and become dry and sticky.

Different Types of Vaginal Discharge

 

There are various type of vaginal discharge after ovulation. They are
diverse and they depend on many factors, but the main factor
is pregnancy.
There are two types of discharge after ovulation whose color could indicate
pregnancy.

  • Brown
    discharge due to the implantation process
    .
    Implantation
    is the process by which a fertilized egg attaches itself inside the
    uterus. It occurs in about a week after ovulation. This brown color
    is due to light implantation bleeding that causes brown spots in the
    discharge. This is usually followed by lower abdominal cramps;
    however, not all women present this symptom. So
    a woman could still be pregnant without this symptom
  • White
    milky or creamy discharge
    .
    This happened more often in early pregnancy. It is usually odorless
    or has a very mild odor. This occur because, after fertilization,
    the level of progesterone increases to protect the new life. This
    mucus
    helps
    the uterus grow and to maintain the uterine lining. All these
    hormonal changes causes an increase of
    White
    milky or creamy discharge.

It is also not uncommon for a woman to have a no discharge or a dry
vagina after ovulation. So, do not worry if you experience dry days
after ovulation.

 

Normal 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.

As part of the premenstrual symptoms a whitish secretion after ovulation
is a good indication that your period is coming. The discharge is
normal if it does not cause any itching of the vagina opening or
vulva and odorless.

Abnormal Vaginal Discharge

An abnormal discharge is usually associated by itching, foul smell and
burning sensation when peeing or having sex.

If days after ovulation there is an abnormal discharge; it is to say,
excessive, itchy, smelly or yellowish it could be symptom of an infection.

Bacteria Vaginosis.
This is the must common infection in women. It is caused by the increasing
presence of bad bacteria in the vagina, and it is associated with a strong fishy smell with a yellow
discharge.

Yeast infection:

Yeast infection is caused by an overgrowth of fungus called candida in the
vagina. It is associated with pain when peeing and during sexual
intercourse. They are also itchy and very uncomfortable.

Yeast infection is very common in women. It is estimated that 75% of all women
will have at lest one infection in their lifetime.

The vagina usually has a healthy balance of bacteria and yeast. Good bacteria in the
vagina help to keep it healthy. But when something offset the balance a fungus call
candida can grow out of control causing a yeast infection.

If a clear vaginal discharge is the norm in a woman’s life, then any
changes should be followed up to make sure that there is nothing
going wrong.

A sudden or unusual change in the smell, color, or texture of your
vaginal discharge can be a sign of infection or other serious medical
conditions. Every vagina is different, but once you know what normal
discharge is like for you, you should be able to detect any problem.

 

 

 

 

Francisco Quezada

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