Understanding Vaginal Discharge. Types, Colors, and What They Mean

Brew a cup of coffee and relax on a couch to reintroduce yourself to an old friend through this blog. Vaginal discharge, a friend whom you must have met for the first time several years ago, offering an instant childhood memory. Normal vaginal discharge starts to release from our body after our first period. But never have we made an effort to know and understand this uninvited friend.

Let’s give it the attention that it deserves. Today we will talk about what is vaginal discharge, various types of vaginal discharge, and demystify its meaning and significance that often raises eyebrows and questions.

what is vaginal discharge

What Is A Vaginal Discharge?

If you’re wondering what on earth vaginal discharge is, fear not, you’re not alone in this lane of unanswered questions. 

Simply put, Vaginal discharge is our body's unsung hero. It is a natural fluid produced by the cervix and vaginal walls. It's like Mother Nature's way of giving your intimate bits a high-five.

It's a normal bodily function that plays a vital role in maintaining vaginal health. The consistency, colour, and amount of discharge can vary throughout the menstrual cycle, providing insights into the body's hormonal changes.

What Does Vaginal Discharge Mean?

Vaginal discharge isn’t just random fluid; it is your body's natural way of communicating its internal state. It indicates hormonal shifts, potential health concerns and ovulation times.

normal vaginal discharge

Normal Vaginal Discharge

Normal vaginal discharge is generally odourless or has a mild, slightly musky scent. It's milky in colour or clear and changes according to the phases of hormonal fluctuations. This discharge is a sign that your body is functioning as it should, maintaining a healthy pH balance and protecting against infections.

Types Of Vaginal Discharge

Vaginal Discharge is a message from your body, a secret code you can decipher. Let’s understand them one by one:

1. Clear & Watery Wonder

This is the harbinger of fertility. It’s common in different situations but usually occurs after menstruation and before ovulation. This discharge is your body’s way of saying, "I am preparing for potential conception".

2. Egg-citing Egg White 

Our bodies tell us everything going on inside us, but only if we wish to decipher their codes. When you spot discharge resembling stretchy egg whites, you're on a rollercoaster to fertility. This egg white discharge creates a hospitable environment for sperm to reach the egg.

3. White & Creamy Turns

Post-ovulation, things take a creamy turn. It means that the body is slipping from the fertile to the non-fertile phase. The body is relaxing after all the hard work of reproductive adventures.

4. Stubborn & Sticky

 This stubborn, sticky discharge is the superhero guarding our inner sanctum. It's our body's defence mechanism against unwelcome visitors, ensuring the uterine gates are locked. This is visible right before or after menstruation.

5. Dramatic Browns

A mix of brown or blood in the discharge, usually occurring at the beginning or end of your period. It is a mix of old blood and cervical mucus. Even if dramatic, this is as normal as any other low-key discharge.

causes of vaginal discharge

Causes Of Vaginal Discharge

Several factors can influence the colour, consistency, and amount of vaginal discharge:

1. Hormonal Harbinger

Hormonal shifts cause changes in the colour and consistency of vaginal discharge. Oestrogen levels rise during ovulation, leading to a thinner, clearer discharge.

2. Sexual Stimulation

Such stimulation results in increased blood flow to the vaginal areas. It helps to improve lubrication.

3. Pregnancy Phase

The pregnancy phase invites more vaginal discharge. Due to hormonal changes and increased blood flow to the pelvic region.

4. Guarding Infection

Certain infections, such as yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis, can cause abnormal discharge accompanied by itching, odour, or discomfort.

The bottom line is that understanding vaginal discharge is a key aspect of maintaining overall reproductive health. By befriending your old partner you'll be better equipped to detect any abnormalities and take appropriate actions. Remember, your body has its own unique ways of communicating with you; all you need to do is listen.