Lots of Discharge before Period!
Did you ever experienced lots of discharge before period and wondered why this happened?
Vaginal discharges can confirm or not if a woman will have a period or if she`s pregnant. During ovulation, cervical mucus will increase its quantity and its consistency will be similar to the egg whites. After the fertile period, normally vaginal discharges will reduce their quantities.
When a woman is pregnant, the increase of estrogen values, but also of other hormones, can lead to several types of vaginal discharges. Sometimes, during early pregnancy a woman may experience a yellow creamy discharge, without this signifying a pathological condition.
A vaginal discharge (leucorrhea) in certain amounts is normal at healthy women, this being the way the vagina cleans itself and to maintain a state of balance. So, if the vagina is healthy, it`ll maintain “in shape” through this type of discharges, perfectly normal.
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What Is a Vaginal Discharge?
Vaginal discharges generally represent odorless and colorless liquids produced by the cervix, which passes through the vagina, moistening the inner labia. In fact, vaginal discharges represent a natural way through which the body keeps the vagina clean and protects it from infections.
This secreted liquid has a slight odor (it isn`t unpleasant), a milky consistency, a whitish cloudy or transparency color, and when it will dry on the laundry, it will become somehow yellowish in color. The amount will usually vary from one woman to another depending on the menstrual period.
The quantity of discharge produced by the cervix is different from woman to woman and varies depending on the menstrual cycle.
The aspects and consistency of vaginal discharges isn`t just an index of health of the female organs, but also a milestone in recognizing the various phases of a normal menstrual cycle.
When a Discharge Is Normal?
Experiencing white discharges before period is in fact most of the times something natural and rather normal. As mentioned above, they come from the cervix, but this doesn`t necessarily mean they are a sign of a pathological infection. They may be caused from the congestion of the pelvis, reason for which this white discharge is actually only mucus. A few days before your period, the process which leads to menstruation might cause a small leak of fluid, but necessarily because of an infection. An abundant clear discharge during your period is something pretty normal.
Factors that may contribute in changing the consistency and aspect of these discharges:
- Menstrual period;
- Emotional stress;
- OTC products (popular medication that doesn`t require prescription – analgesics/pain killers, medication for stomach pain, heartburn) or hormonal drugs;
- Sexual arousal;
Other factors that can influence the vagina`s pH in a negative way or can cause infections are:
- Gels for intimate hygiene;
- The existence of another infection.
Lots of Discharge before Period: Why?
Before period, vaginal discharges are usually more abundant than the rest of the month. To have an idea about this, during the preovulatory period there`s a quantity of 30 times higher that is eliminated than after the ovulation. For this reason, it`s recommended to wear daily pantyliners to prevent any discomfort caused by the increased amount of moisture.
The consistency of the discharge before period is denser, more elastic and is more transparent.
When Do You Experience Lots of Discharge?
In case of abnormal vaginal discharges, every woman should decide what is normal in her case, because she pretty much should know her body. The symptoms that would indicate the presence of an infection include: strong odor, abundant discharge, itching, burning, irritation, unusual color or blood.
Most causes of abnormal discharges can be minor ones. They may be caused by any infection from candidiasis, bacterial vaginosis or trichomonas. Still, because there are also more severe STDs that can cause abnormal vaginal discharges, it`s recommended to get in touch with a doctor to exclude their presence. Persistent or watery discharges are classic symptoms of fallopian tube cancer – a rather rare form of cancer.
The difference between standard and carrier status is limited to the percentage ratio of lactobacillus and the rest of bacteria eliminations, the aspect of the eliminations being in fact unchanged.
Vaginosis, or bysbiosis, is already a pathological condition. It`s characterized by an increased concentration of vaginal Gardenella with a sudden decrease or even the complete disappearance of lactobacillus. The consequences are that there will be some pathological discharges: abundant discharges regardless of the day of the menstrual cycle, white color with a gray shade and a bad odor. It`s important to mention that Gardenella isn`t an STD, but rather in fact a bacteria which is found in the vagina in a low concentration. The disease needs antibacterial treatment, but not for the sexual partner.
Vaginosis is an infectious-inflammatory disease characterized by the appearance of all inflammation signs of the vaginal mucosa such as: hyperemia (redness), abnormal abundant discharges, itching, burning especially when urinating or after sexual contact.
Trichomonas vaginalis and Candida albicans can also be responsible of such an inflammation in the vagina. In the first case we talk about an STD, meaning that both sexual partners need proper antibacterial treatment, while in the other case we talk about an increased multiplication of Candida (a fungus which normally can be found next to other microorganism of the vagina) where a antifungal treatment is required only for the patient.
There are several forms of trichomoniasis where lots of discharge with a creamy aspect and a bad odor is experienced. Whitish cheesy discharges with sour odor are generally the result of Candida.
How Can You Avoid these Discharges?
- Vaginal washings – vaginal showering washes the normal flora that has a protective role, so it shouldn`t be used with hygienic purposes.
- Using hygienic tampons and not external pads.
- Avoiding frequent unprotected sexual contacts.
- The washing of external genital organs should be made from the front to back to avoid contamination with bacteria from the anal area.
- Don`t wear tight pants or underwear from synthetic materials.