White Discharge Instead of Period

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. I am on birth control and me and my partner had unprotected sex a few days before I had my period. I’m on the week I’m supposed to have my period and there’s only white discharge. Could I possibly be pregnant?

    • It is possible to become pregnant while on birth control. Nothing is 100% effective. Continue to monitor your experiences as you move forward. If you have other signs of pregnancy, then you may want to take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period start date. You may want to speak with a a doctor to confirm the results of the test at that time. Best of luck, Hallie!

  2. I had my period twice last month. The second time seemed lighter than the first. Im craving, always tired, my stomache looks big (so bloated) im having little tingly feeling in my breast but the nipple part is not getting darker. I havent gotten my period yet for this month and im having white creamy discharge. What could this mean?

    • You may be experiencing multiple signs of pregnancy. Continue to monitor the symptoms that you are having. If you miss your period, then take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. You can confirm the findings with your doctor. Best of luck, Clara!

  3. Hi my period came on December 20 I had sex on the 24 without protection and then again on the 31st than for a week I had cold like symptoms but for some reason throwing up on the 16 and 18 I had unprotected sex but my period is suppose to come today and the only thing I have is tender breast and a lot of white liquid discharge could I possibly be pregnate?

    • It is possible that you are pregnant. Continue to monitor the symptoms that you are experiencing. If you have other signs of pregnancy and you miss your period, then take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period start date. You can confirm your findings with a medical professional. Best of luck, Jessie!

  4. Hi
    My period was 7 days late an when it did come it was very light with discharge an it’s normally heavy by the 2nd day it usually stay for 5 or 6 days but it only stayed for 3 days an it was light an I had unprotected sex a few times with my partner what should I do?

    • Take a pregnancy test. You may have experienced a light period or you may have experienced implantation bleeding. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having. If you find that you are having signs of pregnancy, then you may be pregnancy. Best of luck, Tasha!

  5. I had my period last month from the 20th-26th and I had sex on the 28th, and me and my boyfriend accidentally put the condom on backwards and flipped it. I’m concerned about precum that may have gotten me pregnant, my period was due yesterday and it hasn’t came. I do have white (conditioner like) discharge with no odor. I stopped my birthcontrol last month before I got my period(came 3 days early). Do you think I maybe pregnant? And what could the discharge mean? It usually only comes when I have a bowl movement or when I’m thinking about it too much… what could it mean? Thank you !

    • It is possible to become pregnant due to precum. It would be wise to speak with your partner about properly using birth control in the future. Take a pregnancy test in five days if you do not have your period. You will be able to confirm your findings with a medical professional if you choose to do so. Reduce stress in your life at this time. Best of luck, Jenni!

  6. Hello !
    I am now 10 days late . Done 2 hpt and then blood test all came negative. Don’t have any significant pregnancy symptoms or any other problem just felt little cramps sometimes and white vaginal discharge.
    Any suggestions?
    Should i wait more for periods or see a doctor.

    • You may want to speak with a doctor. If you are ten days late and your tests have come back negative, then a doctor should be able to answer the questions that you have. Continue to monitor the experiences that you have while you wait for your appointment. Best of luck, Ay!

    • If you have not had your period for three months, then it is likely that you are pregnant. Make an appointment with a doctor as soon as you are able to do so. They will be able to give you the tests that you need. Best of luck, Ajayi!

  7. My period havent came for a week but white silky stuff comes out of my vagina and me and my partner did have sex without protection and i was wondering if i am pregnant or i should take a pregnancy test today since my period havent came for a week.

    • If your period is a week late, then you should take a pregnancy test. The fluid itself may be a sign of pregnancy, but it is not certain. Your best option is to take this test and continue to monitor your experiences. If you want to speak with a medical professional to confirm the results of your test, then do so. Good luck, Adilenee!

  8. So I was supposed to get my period yesterday. I’ve been on birth control all month. So instead of my period I started getting this whiteish liquidy discharge! Any advice

    • Your body may be trying to adjust to the new birth control, so it may take some time for your cycle to become more regular. It is also possible that your period is just slightly late and will start soon. Give it at least another month to see if your cycle starts to become more regular from the birth control.

  9. My period is 3days late and instead of AF a white sticky discharge came out from my vagina..is this a sign of pregnancy? Please help me on this

    • No, it is not a sign of pregnancy–it happens before your period starts normally. If you are worried though, there is no harm in taking a pregnancy test.

  10. My menstruation is 3 days late and instead of menstruation sticky white discharge came out from my vagina. I want to know if it is a possible sign of pregnancy..

    • Sticky, white discharge tends to occur right before your period starts. While it is possible that you could experience this during pregnancy, it is probably a sign that your period will be starting within the week. Since your period is already late though, you could always take a pregnancy test and it should be accurate by now. Good luck, Jenny Manalo Ilagan!

  11. Today marks one day late for my period. Instead of my discharge stopping when in normally does, it continued and was sticky/white. Today fluctuated between discharge and very dry, but I did not begin my period. I am having pms symptoms as well. Is this normal?

    • It seems like you may have commented twice on this one. I have to answer and approve each comment individually, so it can sometimes take me a little while to answer all of them. If your response does not appear right away, do not worry because it will. Read through my previous response and let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for commenting!

  12. Today marks one day late for my period. Instead of my discharge stopping when in normally does, it continued and was sticky/white. Today fluctuated between discharge and very dry, but I did not begin my period. I am having pms symptoms as well. Is this normal?

    • That type of discharge is quite normal before your menstrual cycle starts. While it may not be normal for your personal cycle, it is quite common in general. Your period is most likely just a little off this month, so give it at least a few more days before you get too worried about it. Good luck, Kelly!

  13. Hi. I am 20 years old. I usally have a regular period cycle. But last month i didn’t have periods and vagina discharge has increased. Please tell me is there anything to worry about. I am not overweight.

    • It is unlikely that you have anything to worry about at this time. If you have previously had unprotected sex and if it is possible that you are pregnant, then continue to monitor your experiences. However, you should rest easy and move on. Have a great day, Sara!

  14. Hi my period is two months late I’m getting thick one discharge I’ve been throwing up for two weeks my stomach is getting rounder and my breasts are tender.I’ve done pregnancy test which was negative should I be worried

    • You may want to go to the doctor. In very, very rare cases, a urine test does not show a positive result as it should. Your doctor can perform a blood test to see for sure if you are pregnant. If not, he or she will also want to run other tests to see what is the matter. Go to the doctor, share all of your symptoms and ask for a blood test to confirm a pregnancy.

  15. So my period is a week and two days late. I have been having a lot of white discharge, tender breast and my vagina has been very sensitive. I have also been throwing up. I took three home pregnancy test and they all came back negative. I’m so confused on what’s going on. Thank you

    • It is possible that you are pregnant. It may also be possible that you are having an unusual period. Continue to monitor the changes that you are experiencing. If you find that you want to speak with a doctor, then make an appointment. Take a pregnancy test in five days for additional information. Best of luck, Lakreisha!

  16. Last month,I had brown period and I am also having white discharge a lot and I searched it up but it always comes out as pregnancy however I can’t be pregnant because I am never been sexual active(virgin) so I was wondering if there is anything wrong with me or shall I go to hospital to check it up? Can it be also due to overweight? (5ft 2, 74kg)
    Thank you

    • If you are a virgin, then you can not be pregnant. It is not possible for the human body to conceive without both sperm and egg present. Continue to monitor these experiences. It is likely that there is nothing wrong, so be sure to reduce stress on your body. If you find that you are having intense sensations and you want to speak with a doctor, then make an appointment. Have a great day, Ashmi!

  17. Last month,I had brown period and I have also been having more of white discharge but I am a virgin so I can’t be pregnant. Is there anything wrong with me or shall I go to hostipal to get it check?

    • If you are a virgin, then you are not pregnant. It is not possible for anyone to become pregnant if they are a virgin. Monitor the experiences that you are having. If they cause you to become concerned for your health, then speak with a medical professional. However, it is almost certain that there is nothing wrong with you. Remain positive and reduce stress in your life. Have a great day, Ashmita!

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