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.
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.