11 Important Things Your Vaginal Discharge Can Reveal About Your Health

It is true that it is kind of gross to think about it, but paying attention to your vaginal discharge can reveal some important info.

You’re ovulating

The discharge from the vagina can change during your monthy cycle. You might notice some difference in the texture, consistency, the color, amount and also the smell, as Dr. Scott, an ob-gyn an Indiana University Health has noted. What is most noticeable from these changes is what happens during ovulation. While preparating to help the sperm reach the egg, the discharge from the vagina will become thin, slippery and also stretchy like egg whites, she noted. And in case you are trying to get pregnant, the best time to make love is when you start noticing this type of discharge. (That is because there is nothing sexier than saying to your loved one that you have egg whites coming out of the ‘nethers).

You’re pregnant

Due to the fact that the vaginal discharge is closely related to hormonal fluctuations, it is of no surprise that pregnancy, nine months of one big formonal fluctuation, can increase it. So many pregnant woman have an increase in discharge and it can take on a white yellow tinge, as Dr. Scott says. The following are some skin and beauty surprises that can happen during pregnancy.

You’re in labor

In case you’re pregnant and suddenly notice an uptick in mucous-y discharge, congratulations because you’re about to have a baby! Because the cervix dilates in preparation for delivery, mucous discharge increases and may indicate labor is beginning , some women even experience a large “chunk” of discharge, often referred to as the mucous plug. You should not get too excited just yet as the beginning stages of labor can take a long time—days, and sometimes even weeks. In case you have a lot of mucous coming out of your vagina, check with your doctor and he or she will be able to give you a say of how close your labor is.

You have an infection

Many females are trained from puberty to recognize the hallmark signs of a yeast infection: Burning Itching, and that telltale cottage cheese-like vaginal discharge. More, yeast isn’t the only type of bad bug that can take up residence in your lady parts, Dr. Scott says. The bacterial vaginosis is a super common bacterial infection characterized by vaginal discharge that is white-gray in color and has a fishy odor. In case you have any of the above symptoms or notice itching, swelling, pain, or just a marked change in your genitals, make an appointment stat to get checked for infections, she adds.

You have an STD

Chlamydia and gonorrhea are two sexually transmitted diseases that are reaching epidemic proportions these days, may cause your vaginal discharge to change in color, amount, or smell. What is unfortunate, very often than not these two are asymptomatic, meaning that you won’t know you have them until they show up on a test. (One more reason to stay on top of your yearly check-ups.) There is one STD however, that makes a major mark in your undies: Trichomoniasis is characterized by yellow-green discharge, according to Dr. Scott. For the record, “frothy” is never a word you want associated with your genitals.

You’re turned on

The most noticeable side effects of good foreplay is an increase in wetness in your vagina. The vaginal fluids act as a sexual lubricant, Dr. Scott says, so as a woman becomes aroused she may notice an increase in thin, clear liquid. It is truly nothing to worry about and, because it can increase comfort and pleasure, may be the one type of vaginal discharge to really get excited about! Here you have the 31 natural libido boosters to help you have better sex.

You eat a healthy diet and work out

What can make your breath smell can make your vaginal discharge smell, Dr. Scott noted and this includes good-for-your-body-but-bad-for-your-breath staples like garlic, onions, hot peppers, and asparagus. Moreover, a good workout will make you smell like sweat everywhere, (especially) in your crotch area. None of these smells are anything to worry about, she says.

You’re dehydrated

Dehydration can cause your urine to turn a darker yellow, so can make your vaginal discharge take on a yellowish tinge, Dr. Scott notes. She says that sometimes urine will mix with discharge, on toilet paper or in your underwear—which will also give the discharge a yellow color. DIntake more water and you’ll be fine.

You have a rare cancer

Many of the cancers, even those of the female reproductive system, do not have any effect on vaginal secretions, Dr. Scott adds. But, there exists one rare form of fallopian tube cancer that is characterized by a large increase in watery discharge. It is actually very unlikely that you have this type of cancer but any time you notice a marked change in the amount or type of your vaginal discharge it’s time to call your doctor, she stated. These are some cancer symptoms that women are likely to ignore.

You’re in menopause

This state  can make you feel like you’re possessed by hormonally belligerent aliens, they don’t call it the big change for nothing! So, one of the things that will change is your vaginal discharge, Dr. Scott says. It will become drier, lessen in amount and may make you more susceptible to infection,”she explained. That was just one more part of womanhood no one warns you about! Be aware of these risk factors for early menopause.

You’re totally normal

Numerous females do not know what normal vaginal discharge looks like and become unnecessarily worried, Dr. Scott says. What is meant to be normal will vary from woman to woman but in general discharge will be clear mid-cycle and turn white right before your period but it is quite important to pay attention to how it changes throughout your cycle so you understand what is normal for you and your body, she stated. More, whatever you do, don’t try to get rid of it by douching! What is more, never douche, ever!