Discharge after ovulation


It is better to have an eye on the vaginal discharge for every woman as it is recognized to be a serious health issue. Under normal condition, the vaginal discharge will be clean, germ-free and white in color that is crucial to keep your vagina lubricated. But some women don’t even know the average condition and what if any complication arises. If anyone has a discharge that smells bad or not as normal as it normally is, then without making any further delay you need to rush to your doctor. It is vital to keep in the mind that you will notice some changes in your discharge during your menstrual cycle or pregnancy. The changes are not always the same for every woman having abnormal discharge after ovulation.


What is a discharge after ovulation?

Mostly, women don’t even notice whether they have any abnormalities in their discharge or not. Some woman doesn’t even experience such discharge after ovulation. In some cases, the presence of cervical mucus in the discharge is so little that no one even notice it as the area from where it discharge will get dry up right after it gets slippery and start getting collected along with the mucus. Most of the women in such cases need to check their cervix to confirm whether there is mucus present in their discharge or not? Commonly it is found that the discharge will get sticky after the ovulation. Again it will dry up in a time that your body takes generally to get ready for your next menstrual cycle. Women who conceive right after their ovulation will find a creamy white layer along with their discharge that may lead a continuation of around nine months. The cervical mucus that present in the discharge has multiple functions like spreading the sperm in the cervix that is critical for a woman to conceive. Before ovulation, it is crucial to have a slippery white discharge as it allow sperm to get in the cervix to conceive but after ovulation, it is no longer such important to have a slippery discharge as there no egg present in the uterus to get fertilized.

Why does anyone have discharge after ovulation?

Though it is treated as a normal condition, you need not get worried but obviously, you need to look at an eye upon your discharge after ovulation as it may help you to lead a healthy life in future. Some of the common reasons for having discharge after ovulation are as follows:

  • Pregnancy: Sometimes the increased discharge that you notice after the ovulation will nothing but indicate your pregnancy as in the starting few weeks of your pregnancy, the accumulation of mucus by the cervical opening will get higher, and it will act as a barrier or protection for your baby. This excess mucus leads a woman to have extra discharge and during the pregnancy, the progesterone level will also get the rise that results in extra vaginal discharge with more lubrication.
  • Infection: If you have a discharge that is abnormal in color, bad smell, and cause itchiness after your ovulation, it may or may not be an infection and need to consult your physician early.
  • Douching: Douching lead to the bacterial disbalance of your vagina and accumulate harmful bacteria in large number as compared to the good one. This is one of the biggest reason for having extra discharge that is accompanied by an unusual color and foul smell.
  • Brown discharge after ovulation: The brown discharge that sometimes you may notice after the ovulation is not even a matter to worry, but there are some reasons for having brown discharge.

Implantation: Only one-third of women will get the brown discharge that is the sign of pregnancy. Brown discharge occurs from the fertilization of the egg that collected in the uterus during 6 to 12 days after ovulation and was responsible for the implantation bleeding.

Leftover blood: Having a brown discharge after your ovulation is not a good thing as it will lead to flow the leftover blood from your last period. This discharge is caused by the mucus attack to the left over blood and hence may be responsible for extra release after your ovulation.

  • STD: You may experience a discharge when you are sexually stimulated as it may also occur during your menstrual cycle. You need to consult your doctor every time whenever you experience anything change in the color or texture regarding your discharge. If you have Trichomoniasis, you will experience a green or yellow discharge along with a foul smell.
  • Cervical cancer: If you adopt an HPV infection through sexual activity, it may cause cervical cancer in your near future. There are no other significant symptoms rather than having an abnormal discharge with a foul smell or having brown discharge after your ovulation. You can avoid having such kind of disease by practicing a safe sex life with your partner.
  • Bacterial vaginosis: The discoloration from the bacterial vaginosis may be gray or white but sometimes it may also yellow with a foul smell of a fish.
  • Yeast infection: A fungus named Candida is mainly responsible for the discharge during and after ovulation. This discharge is of white color and can also cause itching, burning and pain during the sexual intercourse.

Tips to deal with the vaginal discharge

  • Once you know the reasons for the discharge after the ovulation, you should follow some tips and guidelines to avoid some problems.

Home care

Counter antifungal creams can be used in case of any yeast infection. Cold compresses are useful to give relief from any discomfort, itching or swelling of the vulva. While you are under treatment, it is of utmost importance that you use a condom during intercourse. If the signs last for more than a week, then do not hesitate to visit a physician at the earliest.

When to consult a doctor

It is very critical to consult a doctor as soon as possible if you see notice any spotting or unrelated bleeding to the period or if you have an odor in the vagina or if you see any discharge that is cream like, thick, greenish or yellowish. It is also advised to consult a doctor in case of any discomfort, irritation, itching, burning or any red spot surrounding the vaginal skin.


  1. I had sex every day during being fertile n on ovulation day. Now its been 4 days and i have white white discharge. Im hoping for a baby. Could this be a sign??

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

  2. I had intercourse 1 day before ovulation and the exsact date of ovulation.the same night i had light brown pinkish blood .that was july 1st and july 2nd.now july 5,i had creamy white discharge.i am expecting my period on july 17.is it possible that am pregnant.i had miscarriage last october 2016.pls help me.

    • It is possible that you experienced implantation bleeding. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having for additional symptoms of pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Maria!

  3. I ovulated on May 13th with the help of clomid. Which both sides of my lower abdomen had sharp pains. Two days after ovulation I start getting creamy watery discharge with no odor or itching. Also, I’m bloating a lot. Could it be from the Clomid or is there a possibility I could’ve conceived?

    • Bloating could also be a sign of PMS, so it does not necessarily mean that you conceived. Don’t get your hopes up too much yet. If you miss your period, then take a pregnancy test. Good luck, Ashley–I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!

  4. I just ovulated on March 10, 2017. I had sex the day before i ovulated and again the day after i ovulated, but not the day that i ovulated. I felt slight cramping in my lower abdomen yesterday (5/12/17). Now 3 days after ovulation i have white creamy discharge. Its no smell or itching associated with it though. Could i possibly be pregnant?

    • It’s possible, but you can’t know for sure until it is late enough to take a pregnancy test. You probably wouldn’t have any pregnancy-related symptoms yet, so you will just have to wait a couple of weeks, take a test and find out for sure. Good luck, Isi Gines!

  5. I’ve been trying to conceive for a while after coming off implant . I ovulated last week and have noticed thin milky discharge . Could I be pregnant ?

    • It’s possible, but the only way to know is to wait until your period was supposed to start and then find out for sure. Good luck, Shannon!

  6. I ovulated on the 13th of March, it is the 23rd and I had cramping on and off for the last 10 days (not today) and I have discharge that is creamy white, it is not an abundant amount, but its enough. I had a miscarriage in January and waited one complete cycle before starting to try again. I have no breast pains and my period is due in about 4 days.

    • The symptoms may just be due to PMS or it could be from early pregnancy. Some light cramping is normal in early pregnancy as your uterus makes room for the fetus. For the moment though, there is no way to know if you are pregnant or not. You will have to wait at least another four days before you can take a pregnancy test and find out for sure. Good luck, Danielle!

  7. I have brownish pink like discharge after ovulation it lasts for a few days then goes away, I also have cramping with it.


    • This discharge may be a mixture of old and new blood. You will want to continue to monitor your experiences. If you find that you want to speak with a medical professional, then you will be better able to answer their questions. Best of luck, Adrienne!

    • Continue to monitor your symptoms. You may be having an unusual period. You may be experiencing another symptom. If it is possible, then you may be pregnant. You will be best served by keeping a mental note of your experiences. If you want to speak with a doctor, then do so. Best of luck, Asha!

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