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. Hii m kavia my last period on 9 jan2018..and I had sex 15 to 22 Jan.. had also 26 to 28 Jan… my white discharge is counties it’s little bit pinkish.. it’s my period is coming? It’s means m not pregnant?

    • It is possible that you are experiencing pregnancy symptoms. You may be experiencing implantation bleeding or an unusual period. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional pregnancy symptoms. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Have a great day, Kavia!

  2. My period is two days late and I’ve been having sticky white discharge with no irritation or pain, is it possible I’m pregnant or have an infection?

    • It is possible that you are pregnant or you have an infection. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having. If you find that you are experiencing pregnancy symptoms, then take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Abby!

  3. My period is 5 days late. I have white vaginal discharge that is odorless with no irritation. I have the discomfort of like I am going to start my period. I took a pregnancy test this morning 12/27/17 and it came back negative. Is it possible that I can still be pregnant?

    • If it is possible that you are pregnant, then continue to monitor your symptoms. If you find that you have additional pregnancy symptoms and you do not experience your period, then it is possible that you are pregnant. Take another pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Have a great day, Anjelica!

  4. I was on birth control (nexplanon) for about 2 years.i got it taken out in March of this year and got the depo shot the same day which made me gain weight. I was due for another shot in June but did not get it so I have been off of bc since then. I have a 3 year old daughter and ever since I had her my periods have always been irregular. I haven’t had a period at all this year and I started getting menstrual like cramps a week ago and got what I thought was my period but only lasted 2 days. I’m still getting cramps more severe than before but no bleeding just a creamy white discharge. My boyfriend and I are sexually active about 3 times a week at least but always use condoms. Wouldn’t I have know if the condom broke ? Could I be pregnant

    • It may be possible that you are experiencing pregnancy symptoms. You may be experiencing an unusual period. Continue to monitor your symptoms for additional signs 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, Sarah!

  5. HI everyone I was suppose to have my menses yesterday(22/08/17) but instead having white thick discharge like menses after having sex with my husband i spotted little bit of blood in my discharge after that only milky discharge please help.

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

  6. I suppose to have seen my period since yesterday but am yet to see it and am having some feeling that is about to come Since three days now but what am seeing is only a white discharge…. Please what might be the cause?

    • It is possible that you are experiencing an unusual period. If it is possible that you are pregnant, then you may be experiencing a symptoms of pregnancy. Continue to monitor your experiences. If your period is five days late, then take a pregnancy test. You may want to confirm the test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Nifemi!

  7. Since yesterday I have missed 2 periods, o have had a white discharge for some time now. It is not irritating and has no foul odor. I have been having cramps for couple days now. I took 4 pregnancy tests during the past month and they all came up negative.

    • Four negative tests may be signs that you are not pregnant. It is possible that you have taken your tests too early. Take a pregnancy test five days after your period date. Continue to monitor your symptoms for additional signs of pregnancy. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Cc!

  8. I missed my period 1week that week I have white milk substance instance of my period and the following week I have my period am I pregnant

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

  9. I’m a month late I did a pregnancy test yesterday it came out negative, my biyfriend says he didn’t came in me, but I’ve had had white discharged I’m really scared.. I’ve missed my period before and I’m never regular on my period

    • It is possible that you are pregnant. If you partner did not ejaculate during intercourse, then it is less likely that you are pregnant. It is possible to become pregnant due to precum. 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. Have a great day, Yvette!

    • It is possible that you are pregnant. Continue to monitor your symptoms at this time. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Mamatha!

  10. Hello! Am 20 years old I have been having slight cramps since on the 15th of this month and white or creamy discharge and I haven’t seen my period yet what should I do please

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

    • Continue to monitor your experiences. Do not be scared, as it will not bring any benefit to you. Reduce stress in your life. If you want to make an appointment with a medical professional, then do so. It would be beneficial if you were to take notes of the experiences that you are having o you can better address any questions that a medical professional may ask. Best of luck, Emily!

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