White Discharge Instead of Period

It is normal to experience changes with your discharge throughout your monthly cycle but if you’re experiencing a white discharge instead of period, it could be a sign of a few other things. It might be a sign that you are pregnant or that you have an infection either bacterial, viral or fungal. It could even be a sign that you have a sexually transmitted infection. It is wise to keep an eye on what’s happening with your body throughout the month, and try to keep a note of what you consider to be normal. Every woman is different.

Vaginal discharge provides not only natural lubrication but also cleaning agents. The bacteria present there is at such a balance that it keeps everything clean and healthy although there are times when things go slightly awry. It helps to lubricate for things like sex and childbirth, and also acts as a preventative measure to try and ensure bad bugs and other things get inside the body when they shouldn’t be there.

 

The cycle of vaginal discharge 

You will notice that your vagina and it’s discharge (amongst other things) will follow a relatively regular pattern every month if you have relatively regular periods. At the time of ovulation for example, about mid-way through your cycle, the mucus glands within the vagina are encouraged to produce more to make it easier for the sperm to travel through, the egg to be fertilized and the fertilized egg then to travel through the fallopian tubes and into the uterus where it will then implant.

If the egg does become fertilized, even more mucus and lubrication is produced, encouraged by the increase of hormones and this is what could be causing the white discharge instead of period. If you have missed your period and your discharge is thicker, whiter and more prolific than usual, there is a good sign that you are experiencing the earliest symptoms of pregnancy.

Leukorrhea is a very common occurrence in early pregnancy and is classed as a yellowing or white discharge from the vagina. Many pregnant women report having this symptom although it is normally odorless and doesn’t come with any irritation or tenderness…. Apart from what you would expect from the early stages of pregnancy.

It is when your white discharge changes that you need to start paying attention. Not just proving to be a sometimes-sign of early pregnancy, it can also be a sign that something else more serious is happening.

Infections

Bacterial vaginosis and other infections such as STI’s, yeast infections and bacterial or viral infections can all cause the vagina to change behavior, just one of those ways being a chance to the amount of discharge. If you notice that your discharge has changed to a grey color, or a yellowing-white shade, it could be that you have a more serious problem that will not be fatal, could still be dangerous to an unborn child if you are pregnant, and will need medication to treat.

Treatment of white discharge 

There are a number of home remedies you can try depending on what is causing the increase in discharge. If the cause is pregnancy, there’s not much you can do aside from keep up with hygiene levels and ensure infections do not develop.



If you have noticed a change to your discharge, you should visit your doctor so that he or she can perform tests to see whether or not you have infections present. You may also be referred to a sexual health clinic. Depending on the problem, there are many ways you can treat it. You can buy pH balancing formulas which are applied directly into the vagina for Bacterial Vaginosis, and there are over the counter remedies for things like thrust or a yeast infection too. You may require antibiotics if you have an STI but this will need to be discussed further with your doctor.


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  1. Hi, i missed my period now for 1 week and i feel a slight pain in the left side of my uterus. Every time i have sex with my husband, theres a lot of white milky diacharge. Sometimes i feel tired and moody.. Am I pregnant?

    • It could be an ectopic pregnancy, another medical condition or a hormonal imbalance. It is also possible that you could be pregnant. If it has already been a week since you were supposed to have your period, then you should go ahead and take a pregnancy test to see if you are pregnant. Good luck, Val!

  2. Hi I had my last period on 17th february and had an intercourse on 3rd march and took morning after pill on the same day and now my periods are delayed by 3 days I am very tensed plzzz tell me are there any chances of me getting pregnant or is it the side effects of the pill?

    • It is possible that you are experiencing side effects of the morning after pill. It is possible, though unlikely, that the pill did not terminate your pregnancy. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having. If you miss your period, then take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Best of luck, Suk!

  3. The last two weeks me and my man we had unprotected sex. I havent seen my period for three days now i had cramps n feel like am bleeding but wen i checked my underwear there is nothing. It might be the pragnancy symtoms?

    • It is possible that you are experiencing pregnancy symptoms. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having for additional signs of pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Speak with a medical professional to confirm the result of your test. Best of luck, Pumi!

  4. Good day,
    It’s going to two months now that I missed my periods and I’ve never had sex before according to my own knowledge
    The whitish discharge stopped for a while but now am experiencing again this month instead of my periods
    Or is it possible to be raped while am asleep and I don’t know along with the fact that I’ve never had sex since I was born although I had a sexual encounter when I was 7/8 but I don’t know if I was disvirgined then or not
    But ever since I’ve grown up I’ve never had sex like never
    Please can you tell me what to do, I missed my period last month and this month also, can there be any cause for it as am really scared that if am pregnant then I was raped without knowing
    Am very scared 😰

    • If you are concerned that you have been raped and are pregnant, then speak with a medical professional at this time. Take a pregnancy test today and continue to monitor your experiences. Take action at this time. Best of luck, Beeodun!

  5. 7 days after having unprotected sex, i got my periods and a week after they finished, i started experiencing unusual heavy white discharge. my period should start tomoro but all i see is white discharge.

    • You may have an infection. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having for other signs of infection. It would be best if you speak with a medical professional at this time. Make an appointment. Though your experiences may turn out to not be associated with an infection, it is best to take care of possible infections as soon as possible. Best of luck, Pam!

  6. Hi sir am mounika i was deleverd a baby boy now he is 6 months
    Till now my periods are not came
    From yesterday my periods are coming in white
    Pls tell me what’s the problem

    • White discharge is just your normal cervical mucus. It can take time for your hormones to get back to normal after giving birth, so this may be the reason why your menstrual cycles are so delayed. If you are worried or experience other symptoms as well, you may want to make an appointment with your doctor just to make sure. If you are feeding your baby formula, it can take a few weeks to three months for your period to start. If you are breastfeeding day and night, it can take up to a year for your period to start. If your baby is starting to sleep through the night and you do not have to breastfeed at night anymore, then it may take until eight months after giving birth for your period to restart. Once your period restarts, it may be heavier or lighter than normal. It may also be slightly irregular for a while as your hormones return to normal. If you are still breastfeeding at all hours of the day, it could be another six months until your period restarts, so I would not worry about it too much for now.

  7. Hi,
    I’m 25 days late on my period. I’m having bloating, tiredness, creamy white discharge, and back pain. I have irregular periods. I tested 4 pregnancy test and all came negative. I’m confused and need help if I am pregnant or not?

    • You should go to the doctor. You may just be having an abnormal cycle this time, but you could also be pregnant. A small subset of women do not get a positive result with a urine test, so you may need to get a blood test to find out for sure. Your doctor can do this and run other diagnostic tests to see what is causing the delayed period and symptoms.

    • Hey Tiffany. I m also expetienci g the same things. I wanted to ask if u happened to know wht was wrong with u. As much as I wanna be pregnant, I m feeling worried about this.

      • Thank you for sharing your question. If you want to share your experiences or insights in the future, then please do so. This will help the community and other people with similar questions. Best of luck, Leys!

  8. Hi , i have hypothiroides and i took second day pill , i had my period that month after that i havent gotten my period, i took a pregnancy test but it came out negative now i dont have my period and i have white fluid .

    • If you have other health problems, it could be affecting your menstrual cycle. Lifestyles factors like stress, diet, illnesses and exercise can change your menstrual cycle as well. If the pregnancy test was negative, you may have just missed your period this month or it may be later than normal. You can always go to the doctor to see if he or she can figure out a specific problem, but it may just be an abnormal cycle this month.

  9. I have had irregular periods for over a year now, and even went 7 months without one and still don’t know why. Now I am never sure if my period is coming for the month but the last two were on time. This time however I am three weeks late (I just started today) and felt like I have been pmsing/emotionally ALL OVER THE PLACE the whole three weeks. I have been pregnant before, and it felt like pregnancy but I couldn’t afford to buy a test let alone see a doctor so I’ve been hoping for the best. I have had bad depression and a panic attack which was much worse than I usually have IF I do have one, and I haven’t had one for months. I am stressed, but I’m always stressed and wouldn’t expect a random change like this. Do I have hormonal issues? Anytime I’ve seen a doctor for the past year they have brushed it off and told me to wait. I’m not really sure what I’m waiting for.

    • You should speak with a medical professional. Finances may be difficult, but it important to care for your health and the health of your potential child. Take a pregnancy test at this time and make an appointment with a doctor. Best of luck, Vanessa!

  10. I am definitely not pregnant but for a while I haven’t been getting my period and instead getting this constant weird white stick discharge and it doesnt seem to stop. I am only 13 and am not sexually active but have recently stopped eating normally but then after a while I started to eat food again. I wonder if that has anything to do with it, or should I see a doctor because I’m scared it’s an infection…or its just my body getting used to peroods

    • You are likely not experiencing an infection. However, you should continue to monitor your experiences. It is possible that you are experience signs of ovulation. If your discharge becomes highly unusual or you experience unusually unpleasant sensations, then speak with a medical professional. Best of luck, Sam!

  11. Hi I’m 20y/o and I’m sexually inactive so there’s no chance I’m pregnant but still I missed last month period and two months before. It’s like my period come once in two months lately. I have lots of white discharge especially if I walk a lot or kind of tired. It really does bugging me. Sometimes I experienced the pms symptoms but it turns out to be only the white discharge. Should I go to see the doctor or just wait .Please help me.

    • You will want to speak with a doctor. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having. This will allow you to better answer your doctor’s questions. Remain positive and reduce stress in your life at this time. Best of luck, Allie!

    • Your body may be experiencing signs of pregnancy. You may be having this symptoms due to some other cause. Continue to monitor your experiences to better understand your situation. You may want to take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the results of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Karina!

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