While experiencing a jelly-like discharge may seem odd, it is something that a number of women experience at some point in their lives. Often, women do not notice that they have gel-like discharge until they start to track their cervical mucus and try to conceive. For most cases, jelly-like discharge is not a sign of any major problem.
Your body naturally cleanses the vagina and maintains a stable pH. Vaginal discharge is used to remove skin cells, bacteria and other organisms from your body. At times, your vaginal discharge can take on the appearance and consistency of jelly. For most women, this is not the sign of any problem or condition. Unless you experience other symptoms at the same time, it is probably just a natural part of your menstrual cycle.
Is Jelly Like Discharge Normal?
Throughout your reproductive years, it is normal to experience vaginal discharge. As your hormones fluctuate throughout your menstrual cycle, the consistency and color of your vaginal discharge may change. It may be clear or white in color with a consistency that ranges from watery to stretchy. All of these changes are done to help your body prepare for conception and a healthy pregnancy.
Normal vaginal discharge will not have a strong odor. It will generally be clear, white or yellow in color. In consistency, it may seem like jelly, mucus, cream or water. It will generally not be overly abundant, although it may increase around ovulation or when you are aroused. Healthy vaginal discharge should never cause skin irritation, discomfort or pain.
If you are healthy and free of infections, your vaginal discharge should be perfectly normal. It is created by the cervical glands and will generally have a gel- or mucus-like consistency. This is a perfectly normal sign during the month because the discharge is used to protect your reproductive organs from infections and keep your vagina clean.
Vaginal Discharge Throughout the Menstrual Cycle
It is normal for your vaginal discharge to change throughout your menstrual cycle. When your period has just ended, it will typically look white and thick in color. As you approach ovulation, your vaginal discharge will tend to take on a clearer color and thinner consistency.
You will experience the most vaginal discharge when you are ovulating. This occurs at about the middle of the month. When your ovaries release an egg to be fertilized, your hormones signal an increase in vaginal discharge. This type of discharge is designed to make it easier for sperm to reach the egg and fertilize it. Often, discharge around ovulation will seem like a jelly-like consistency similar to raw egg whites.
Once you have ovulated, your vaginal discharge will typically become creamier and may seem thick or sticky. If you successfully become pregnant during ovulation, then the discharge may become extremely abundant and take on a jelly-like texture. This is common during the early stages of pregnancy as well as when you are close to going into labor. Sex hormones during both stages trigger your body to release this type of discharge. If you are experiencing jelly-like discharge at either of these times, it is not the sign of anything dangerous and you do not need treatment. When the gel-like discharge appears about a week or two before your due date, it is just a sign that your mucus plug is passing. You may also experience minimal abdominal contractions at the same time.
If I Have Jelly-Like Discharge, Am I Pregnant?
Jelly-like discharge appears during both implantation and ovulation. While this can be a sign of a pregnancy, do not assume that you are pregnant yet. Since jelly-like discharge is normal during ovulation, you may just be experiencing ovulation and not early pregnancy. At this stage, all you can do is wait until after your missed period to take a pregnancy test. Eat healthily, avoid alcohol and wait two weeks to see if you have conceived on this cycle.
On occasion, you may also experience abundant vaginal discharge for other, non-pregnancy related causes. It is normal to experience an increase in vaginal discharge if you are stressed out or sexually aroused. You may experience more vaginal secretions if you are taking a new medication, traveling or working out at the gym.
What Should You Do If You Experience Jelly-Like Discharge?
In most cases, jelly-like discharge is not a sign of a problem. If you experience other symptoms at the same time, it would be advisable to go to your doctor for a gynecological exam. In the meantime, take the following steps:
1. Think About What Could Have Caused the Changes
Did you recently work out heavily? Did you have unprotected sex? Did you travel to another climate zone? Lifestyle factors can cause your vaginal discharge to change in consistency and amount, so carefully think of the possible factors that could have caused this change.
2. Monitor the Change
Pay attention to your vaginal discharge. Women, especially women who are trying to conceive, often track their vaginal discharge on a calendar. By doing this, you can see what type of discharge is normal for you at certain times in your menstrual cycle. Hormones fluctuate throughout your menstrual cycle, so they can cause changes in the thickness or color of your vaginal secretions. Pay attention to any of the symptoms that you experience and write them down. If you learn the types of discharge released by your body, you can figure out which days are best for trying to become pregnant.
Be careful to watch out for other symptoms. While jelly-like discharge is generally a perfectly normal sign, it could be an indication of another problem if you have other symptoms as well. Endocervicitis can cause this symptom. This condition occurs when the cervical membranes become inflamed, and more mucus is produced. Other symptoms like stomach pain, problems urinating or discomfort during sex could be a sign of a yeast infection or a sexually transmitted disease. In all of these cases, you should go to your doctor and report all of the symptoms that you have been experiencing immediately.