What You Need to Know About Virginal Discharge During Pregnancy

Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy

Virginal discharge during pregnancy is quite common.  What you are most probably experiencing is Leukorrhea - the mild smelling or odorless milky discharge that you sometimes may have noticed in your underwear before you got pregnant.

Now, the frequency and volume might intensify because of increased level of estrogen production and enhanced blood flow to the virginal area. This discharge usually consists of secretion from the virginal and cervix, old virginal cell walls, and normal bacteria flora from the vagina.  

Although the discharge during pregnancy will intensify as you approach labor, it is highly unlikely to look any different from the flow you have become accustomed to. 

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Is This Normal?

Yes, it is. In early pregnancy, it is normal for cervical secretion to fill your cervical canals and create a protective barrier that is normally referred to as mucus plug. As you cervix begins to efface and dilate, it may expel some of this mucus that will look like an egg white or mucus from a running nose on a cold day. It is also possible to expel the plug in one gelatinous glob. This discharge might be slightly mixed with a bit of blood.

What Can Be Done About The Discharge During Pregnancy? 

There is nothing you can do to stop the flow if the discharge during pregnancy is not due to infection. But you CAN use a pantyliner to absorb it if you feel the need to. However, it is advisable you don’t use tampons during pregnancy. 

To maintain a healthy genital area, it is important to keep it clean and always endeavor to wipe from front to back and wear cotton underwear. Stay away from tight pants, bubble bath, nylons, scented pads or toilet paper, scented or deodorant soaps, and feminine hygiene spray. 

Douching is also not advisable as it can upset the normal balance of virginal flora and heighten the risk of virginal infection.  In addition, douching can enable the introduction of air into your circulatory system through the virginal in rare cases, which can cause serious complication. 


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When to call a Doctor

It can be difficult to tell if it is just mucus or amniotic fluid when you are experiencing a lot of thin, clear discharge during pregnancy. If you are not sure what it is, please contact your doctor. You should contact your doctor right away if you notice any of these symptoms. 

  • An increase in discharge or change in the type of discharge during pregnancy when you are not yet at 37 weeks into your pregnancy. A mucus like, watery or bloody- tinged with pink or brownish old blood- discharge can be a sign of preterm labor. 
  • A whitish odorless discharge that is causing you a lot of pain and discomfort during intercourse or urination could be a sign of yeast infection.  Soreness, burning itching and inflamed vulva are other signs you should look out for. 
  • You observed a thin gray or white discharge with a fishy smell after sex. This might be a different type of virginal infection called bacteria vaginosis. The smell in this case is more pronounced when the discharge mixes with semen. 
  • You noticed you discharge is green or yellow and frothy with an unpleasant odor.  This could be a sign of trichomoniasis, a very common sexually transmitted infection.  Other symptoms may include red, itchy and irritated vulva or virginal. It may also include discomfort while urinating. 

Finally, if you think you have an infection, don’t make the mistake of trying to treat yourself with over-the-counter medication. The symptoms are not always easy to differentiate, so it is important to see a medical practitioner for diagnosis and treatment if necessary. 

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