A woman goes through a lot of changes, from the menstrual period to conception, ovulation, etc. All these changes are ruled by hormonal activity which has a great influence on reproductive activity. During that period, vaginal discharge can change color, amount, consistency, and odor. A slimy discharge is one of them.
Types of Vaginal Discharge
It is important to recognize which discharge is normal, and which one is pathological. We will list categorization upon their consistency and color.
Clear And Watery Discharge. This is completely normal and it can happen anytime. It is more abundant during exercise. Estrogen is making the mucus clear and watery, so the discharge will be like this as long as the levels of the estrogen stay on high.
White Discharge. A white discharge may be normal if it has a normal homogeneous consistency and it appears usually after the menstrual cycle. If it has a consistency like cottage cheese, it may indicate an infection with Candida.
Thick And Stretchy. This is also normal and it is usually a sign of ovulation, where the levels of the estrogen drop and the progesterone take its turn. It makes the mucus more thick and stretchy, but it stays clear still.
Yellow Or Green Discharge. This is not normal and it may indicate an infection such as trichomoniasis which can be transferred by sexual intercourse. It can have an unpleasant odor to it and be chunky and thick.
Bloody Discharge. It is a normal appearance during the menstrual period. It can be a sign of a pregnancy if you notice any spotting after having sex without protection in the ovulation period. It can be a sign of a cervix cancer, so this is why it is important to get Pap smear and contact your gynecologist to talk about taking some tests.
Causes of Vaginal Discharge
Having slimy discharge is normal. This is due to hormonal change. Right before the ovulation, about 6 days, estrogen levels get high and it affects the consistency of secretion. It gets slimy and watery. It has a role in neutralizing the pH of the vaginal area, where it keeps it alkaline and facilitates the passage of sperm cells in the stage of right before the ovulation.
When Is Slimy Discharge Abnormal Event?
We informed you about some types of a vaginal discharge in order for you to recognize the changes as they happen over time. It is normal to have a slimy discharge, but it is also important to think about the time of an appearance. A slimy discharge is normal in the ovulation time where it increases in volume and eventually gets thicker. It is also a normal change when getting aroused, where the vagina self-lubricates with glandular secretion. Sexually transmitted diseases are the conditions which are most important to discover during a physical examination, if present. It needs to be treated and the partner should also be informed and treated as well. There are 3 main groups of vaginal infection: trichomonas, candidiasis, and bacterial vaginosis. There are some symptoms which can be associated with pathological happening:
- An increased quantity of mucus
- A change to a consistency and color such as yellow, green or red
- Redness in the vaginal area accompanied with pain in the stomach and itchy feel
- Yellow or green color which may indicate Trichomonas Vaginalis infection
- White cottage cheese-like discharge which may be a sign of a Candida Albicans
- Fishy odor discharge which can be gray in color is usually bacterial vaginosis
- Vaginal discharge accompanied with bad odor
- Bloody discharge excluding menstrual cycle.
How To Treat Abnormal Discharge?
It depends on the underlying cause. It is important to have the right diagnosis in order to treat it right away and recover as soon as possible.
Yeast infections such as candida are treated with antifungal gels which are applied directly to the vaginal area. For bacteria infections, the main therapy consists out of antibiotics such as metronidazole or tinidazole. This can be used for bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis. In sexually transmitted diseases, it is important to treat the both partners.
- Don’t wear tight clothes or any other irritating underwear
- Wear 100% cotton
- Don’t use any products for the intimate region that has perfumes or any other irritating substance since it can cause an allergic Use warm water and mild soap with optimal pH of 5.5
- When doing to the toilet, never wipe from back to front since it has a risk of transferring the bacteria from anus to vagina.
When To See A Doctor
If you notice any sudden change in the discharge consistency and color, you should contact a professional. If you notice any spotting after intercourse and you are ovulating, go to your gynecologist to test if you are pregnant. It is important to get tested for STD’s, especially if you are not using protection. It is important to state if that is the case, so the doctor can lean towards that and suspect of right diagnosis. If you have a slimy discharge accompanied with pelvic pain and stomach cramps, you should contact your doctor.