Vaginal discharge - Should I worry?
All women of reproductive age have most likely experienced some kind of discharge at different times of their menstrual cycle. It’s normal to have discharge and there’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Just as our cycles change so does our vaginal discharge. However, sometimes identifying and understanding discharge might not come that easy for many of us. Luckily, Grace is here to help you learn more about the differences in colour, odour, texture, structure and amounts! Let’s begin by understanding what it is.
What is Vaginal Discharge?
It can be defined as the mucous-like fluid that comes from your vagina and changes in texture and amount at different stages of your cycle. The mucous is produced by glands in the vaginal mucous membrane and aims to keep your vaginal area moist and the good bacteria in balance. Various discharges could signal different things about your body but to know what they mean we would first need to learn the types.
What are the Types of Vaginal Discharge?
Absent or dry - Occurs right before or after your period. It is perfectly normal. Sometimes it is caused by low estrogen levels and usually indicates the non-fertile cycle phase.
Brown - This happens before your period starts. It can colour your discharge red or brown. No need to worry. It is perfectly normal.
Spotting blood - This discharge is ok some days before or after your period. It is common between periods. If you are spotting brownish, it is usually termed ‘old blood’.
Unusual colour or smell - In times when the discharge has a strong smell and it is different from your normal discharge, it could be indicative of an infection. Thus, it is a good idea to see a health professional.
Sticky white -It occurs usually after your period. it is simply a way for your vagina to moisturise itself to keep infections away.
Creamy - This discharge signifies that you are heading towards your fertile window.
Clear and Watery - After your fertile window, your ovulation day is marked by a more watery discharge signalling the end of your fertile period.
Learn and Track with Grace.
Learning more about your discharge will enable you to understand your cycle and your fertile days. You will also get to understand your discharge patterns and it will be easier to notice if something is wrong and when to seek early medical treatment. Just keep in mind that you will likely experience more or fewer or no discharges throughout specific points of your life. It is normal.
We are here to help you track your discharge using our App!
Use the Grace App to stay informed and in control!