Thick White Discharge

Thick White Discharge
November 27 07:24 2016

Women’s health requires women to pay extra attention to what happens in their bodies, especially when it comes to reproductive and sexual health issues. To remain on top of things particular attention should be paid to the menstrual cycle and vaginal discharge. It is the vaginal discharge that causes many women to consult their doctors and as such it is fitting that we discuss one of the most common vaginal discharges: thick white discharge.


What is the thick white vaginal discharge?

Vaginal discharge is a normal phenomenon that changes in color, consistency and odor depending on the stage of menstrual cycle, sexual activity and pregnancy. Milky white discharge is the common type of vaginal discharge that is secreted along the different stages of the menstrual cycle, as your cycle progresses the discharge tends to get thicker. It is absolutely normal unless the color is tainted or there is a foul odor and accompanied by other signs like itching.


Thick white discharge during pregnancy

Thick white discharge during pregnancy

As you may already know, the female body changes during pregnancy to adapt to the growing baby. Part of the changes include hormonal secretions, it is these hormones that cause an increase in vaginal secretions in an effort to seal the cervical opening to prevent any sperm from entering the uterus. Most women notice the white discharge during the early pregnancy stage. It can occur that the high body temperature experienced during pregnancy can prevent the thick white discharge from setting and drying up thereby closing the cervical opening, as such, the vagina will receive more signals to keep producing more and more of the discharge. In these cases the women concerned will experience large quantities of the discharge it is perfectly normal.


Thick discharge in the third trimester of pregnancy

White thick discharge can also be experienced around the third trimester of pregnancy. However, this discharge remains odorless and any sign of odor should be reported to your doctor. The use of the third semester discharge is to clean the cervix region and replace the old layer of discharge covering the cervix opening.


Thick white discharge in the days before menstrual period

It is normal to experience some vaginal discharge before your period. In the days leading to ovulation, the vagina produces increased quantities of mucus. The quantity of mucus and its consistency will increases following ovulation and the days after ovulation. This is a normal biological event although some women may not notice it.

Also, it is possible to experience some extra discharge just a few days before your period begins at the end of the menstrual cycle. As long as this discharge has no odor and there are no accompanying signs you should not worry at all.


Thick white discharge without odor

It does not matter when you notice the white discharge, be it before your period, during ovulation or after your period, as long as the discharge contains no odor and remains white everything is normal down there. If the discharge is discolored and appears creamy there is a chance you may be pregnant especially if your period is late.


Thick white discharge noticed after sexual intercourse

During sex, some glands within the vagina secrete fluids, as the woman gets aroused. The fluids act as natural lubrication during sexual intercourse. The fluid secreted can appear watery, clear or white. It so happens that the discharge can continue to be produced even after sex has ended as the glands that have been stimulated take some time to return to normal.

The cervix also secretes mucus in an effort to assist sperm with its movement up the vagina into the uterus for fertilization. The mucus can be secreted anytime during your cycle with its maximum around the days surrounding ovulation. Towards the end of the cycle, sexual intercourse may reveal thick dried mucus.

Some women may mistake male ejaculate coming from their vagina as discharge. Since semen is thick and white in nature it is normal to mistake the semen coming out of your vagina when you have sex without a condom, for vaginal discharge.


Abnormal vaginal discharge

It is possible that the vaginal discharge you are experiencing is actually pathologic and requires a check up from your doctor. Abnormal vaginal discharge usually comes with other signs and appears discolored as compared to the healthy white discharge.

If your discharge is due to pathologic conditions like infections for example, you will notice a fever, itching in and around the vagina, some cramps, a foul smell and discolored discharge. If you had any unprotected sex or poor hygiene in the weeks leading to the apparition of these signs then chances are very high that your discharge is linked to an infection.

Some causes of abnormal vaginal discharge include:

  • Use of antibiotics, particularly on a long duration basis
  • Bacterial infections
  • Use of steroids
  • Birth control
  • Cervical cancer
  • Sexually transmitted Infections particularly chlamydia and gonorrhea
  • Somme cases of diabetes
  • Pelvic infections post surgery
  • Pelvic Inflammatory disease
  • Parasite infections like Trichomoniasis
  • Inflammation of the vagina
  • Irritation of the vagina
  • Irritation of the cervix
  • Yeast infections
  • Use of irritating soap, lotions and lubricants
  • Vaginal atrophy 


In conclusion, noticing or experiencing white vaginal discharge is not a reason to panic. In most cases the discharge is normal and physiological, what you have to do however is to pay attention to the circumstances leading to the discharge. Information like when the discharge appears, how it appears, accompanying signs and duration of the discharge is very useful in pinpointing the origin and cause of the discharge. Whatever happens, remember every woman’s body is different and some things concerning the female reproduction and sexual system may differ from one individual to another.


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