Having a clear watery vaginal discharge is perfectly normal for every woman.
As a matter of fact, the clear discharge is nature's way of getting rid of dead cells in the vagina. Your discharge or secretion also ensures you have a healthy PH balance. An excessive itchy or smelly discharge is a sign of an infection.
What is a Vaginal Discharge?
Vaginal discharge is a mucus produced by the cervix and the walls of the vagina.
Vagina discharge helps prevent against infection by making sure there is an even distribution (a balance) between the yeast cells and normal bacteria present in the vagina.
But you may be worried if you have a water- like discharge that is a lot, excessive or dripping. A clear fluid discharge could happen before period, after period, before ovulation or after ovulation.
These discharge could be white watery discharge, yellow watery discharge or brown watery discharge.
There are many reasons why this could be. We are going to examine the common reasons for a clear watery vaginal discharge in this article.
But first when should you be worried?
When is a clear discharge that is watery Abnormal?
An abnormal discharge could be a white discharge, cloudy discharge, colored discharge, thick discharge, stretchy discharge, sticky discharge or clear liquid discharge.
You should be worried or consider your discharge abnormal if it has any of the following:
- It is coloured(yellowish,brownish or greenish).
- It has a foul smell i.e fishy
- Your vagina and vulva is itchy
- Burning sensation when peeing or having sex
- Draining or dripping from your vagina, you need to use a panty liner, tampon or sanitary towel to avoid embarrassment.
Some other uncommon symptoms are lower abdominal pain/cramps, fever, nausea and vomiting.
Common Causes of Discharge that is watery and excessive
Most abnormal vaginal discharge is due to an infection but if you have a watery white discharge with no smell or discomfort such as itching or burning sensation then you shouldn't worry expect it disrupts your daily routine.
Here are the causes of watery vaginal discharge:
- Bacteria Vaginosis
- Yeast Vaginitis
- Trichomonas Vaginitis
- Side effects from drugs
- Herpes genitials
- Vaginal bleeding after childbirth
- Postpartum infection
- Cervical Cancer
When should I be worried
You should be worried about your discharge if you have any of the following symptoms:
1. Cheesy Discharge
If you have a whitish clumpy discharge that resembles cottage cheese then you have yeast infection. The discharge may be yellowish for some women. Other symptoms are :itching of the vaginal opening, burning sensation when urinating or during intercourse.
2. Green Discharge
A green or yellowish discharge with a fishy smell is most likely a bacteria vaginosis, trichomoniasis or chlamydia infection. Other symptoms are burning pain when urinating, pain during sex and pain in the lower abdomen
3. Grey Discharge
A grey or off-white discharge that is itchy and smelly is most likely bacteria vaginosis(BV).
4. Smelly Discharge
If you notice a foul smelly watery discharge like fish smell or rotten meat smell, then you must likely have an infection. This smells are more pronounced after sex. Although some women also experience vaginal smell during their periods.
Is Clear Jelly Like Discharge a Sign of Ovulation?
A common sign of ovulation is the egg white cervical mucus which is secreted by the cervix during ovulation. Most women experience this discharge 1 or 2 days to ovulation.
The discharge is usually clear, stretchy and slippery. The purpose of this discharge is to make vaginal less acidic and to help the sperm swim easily to meet the egg.
The cervical fluid means you are highly fertile.
clear watery mucus Discharge as an early Sign of Pregnancy
It is possible to have a clear vaginal discharge that is watery as a sign of early pregnancy. This discharge usually happens after conception and it is is known as Leukorrhea. It is important to know that not all women experience white discharge as a sign of early pregnancy.
Leukorrhea is a medical term for excessive white discharge that happens during pregnancy.
Some women do not experience white discharge in early pregnancy. But as they get to second or third trimester they start to experience more white liquid discharge.
Clear liquid discharge after conception is caused by an increase in the level of estrogen hormone. If trying to conceive and you had unprotected sex around ovulation or in your fertile window, then this may indicate that you are pregnant. The liquid discharge should be odourless or have a mild smell and not itchy or burning.
If you experience a discharge that is watery and has a bad smell like fish then you may have Bacteria Vaginosis.
If the discharge is itchy and burning and you see spots of blood then you may have yeast infection.
CLEAR stretchy Watery Discharge Before Period
It is normal for some women to have a clear stretchy discharge before their period is due. Although this a total scary occurrence for women who have never experienced such.
The days after ovulation is known as dry days. If you have watery clear discharge and you are not pregnant, it may be a sign that your uterine lining is starting to breakdown due to the decrease in the level of progesterone hormone before period(Aunt Flo). Just before your period the level of estrogen hormone rises while the level of progestrone hormone decline. This decline causes the uterine lining to shed as your next menstrual period.
CLEAR Watery Discharge After Period
Watery vaginal discharge can happen at any time in your cycle. It just depends on what the cause of this discharge is in the first place. Even though clear and stretchy discharge is mostly noticeable during ovulation and before a period. It is still possible to get a discharge at other times including after your period.
You should be worried if this discharge is smelly,itchy, has a burning sensation during sex or while urinating.
You should see you doctor immediately if this is the first time you are experiencing any of the above named symptoms. The Doctor would be able to diagnose you appropriately by performing a pelvic examination to check what is really wrong.
Clear liquid discharge and Cramps
If you are pregnant and you experience clear running discharge with cramps and this is accompanied with vaginal bleeding, you need to call your doctor right away. This may mean ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage.
If you are not pregnant and you have a lot of water discharge that is leaking or causes cramps and lower abdominal pain, you should also see the doctor straight away. It may be a serious medical condition or an infection.
Clear Watery Discharge with odor
A moist or fluid-like discharge with bad smell indicates an infection. If it is a fishy smell then you have bacteria vaginosis.
The Common symptoms of bacteria vaginosis are:
- Thin, watery, white, gray, green vaginal discharge
- Your Vagina smells fishy
Bacteria infection in the vagina is caused by an overgrowth of bad bacteria in the vagina. Every woman has got healthy bacteria present in her vagina to keep the yeast cells in balance. But when there are more bacteria than the yeast cells it leads to a fish smell and causes an infection.
Although bacteria infection is not a sexually transmitted disease but it can be passed onto you through sex. Women who have never had sex can also develop BV so don't be embarrassed if you have never had sex and you develop BV. It is also not caused by poor hygiene, infact washing the vagina too much can lead to a disturbance between harmful and good bacteria.
Women with this condition are self- conscious because of this unpleasant smell oozing from their vagina. The good news is the BV can be treated.
See the doctor if you have any of the following:
- If this is the first time you are have a fishy smell
- When the smell is unpleasant and embarrasing
- It is is itchy and burning
- If you have a smell and discharge
- If the smell and discharge refuses to go even after taking anti-biotic or over the counter medication.
Clear Watery vaginal discharge during Pregnancy
A lot of changes are going on in a woman's body during pregnancy. The level of her hormones estrogen and progesterone are on the rise to support the new life she is carrying.
It is therefore important that any form of strange discharge is examined. Especially if you have a yellowish, bloody or brown discharge during pregnancy. It doesn't matter if this discharge is watery, sticky or creamy. If you experience any type of this discharge consult your mid-wive or doctor.
A normal pregnancy discharge should be clear, transparent whitish with no odor, blood or discomfort.
Clear Watery Discharge After Ovulation
You experience less discharge after ovulation, because the egg-white cervical mucus is no longer need. But most women do have vaginal lubrication that is similar to that produced freely at ovulation when sexually aroused.
The discharge produced after ovulation is usually thick, sticky or thick clear jelly like discharge.
You should be worried, if the discharge is strange and abnormal i.e causes a foul-smell, green or yellow in colour, pain urinating or during sex, burning and itching, causes blood stains on your panties.
Clear And Stretchy Ovulation Discharge
A very common sign of ovulation is a slippery, wet and stretchy discharge. The texture and consistency of this discharge is similar to egg white. This is why the discharge at ovulation is known as egg white cervical mucus.
EWCM is usually seen a day or two before ovulation. And this is the best time for couples trying to conceive to have intercourse.
Yeast Infection Watery Discharge
Vaginal yeast infection also known as candidas is a common infection in women. It is not a sexually transmitted diseases.
Yeast infection is caused by an overgrowth of a types of fungus called candida in the vagina.
An healthy vagina consist of a small quantity of yeast and bacteria. An infection occurs when the quantity of yeast is out of control or multiplies rapidly.
This could be caused by:
- The use of antibiotics for acne, ear infection
- Tight underwear
- Birth control pills and contraceptive.
Yeast infection is usually common before your period starts or after your period has ended to an increase in estrogen hormone at these times.
The symptoms of Yeast infections are:
- Thick white clumpy discharge
- Vaginal itching and burning sensation
- Pain urinating and during sex.
When to see the doctor:
- If your vaginal is itching and you have a discharge that looks like cottage cheese or toilet paper.
- If this is the first time you have a white discharge with stains of blood.
- If you have difficulty urinating
- If your vulva is itchy and irritated
- If you have tingling pain during and after intercourse.
In order to treat an abnormal white discharge, you need to first determine the cause. Consult your doctor first for a diagnosis.
It is important that you do not take an over the counter medication to treat an infection if you are pregnant or suspect you have conceived.
Yeast Infection Treatment
Your doctor may prescribe :
- oral anti-fungal medication such as diflucan or
- suppositories and creams which are oil based such as canesten cream, monistat
It is important you complete your dose as the infection can re-occur if you don't
Bacteria vaginosis Treatment
To treat BV, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics for you.
The common prescribed anti-biotics are :
- Metronidazole tablets such as flagyl
- Metronidazole gel
- Clindamycin cream
- Or other antibiotics vaginal cream
These antibiotics are available as pills (taken orally) and vaginal creams (inserted into the vagina).
If you have BV, your male partner doesn't need to be treated.
Also known as Trick is a sexually transmitted disease. It is usually treated with oral metronidazole or tinidazole. The oral treatment of this infection is more effective than using gels or creams.
Use a Panty Liner or Pads
A good panty liner will help keep your panties dry. Although some women use Tampons to absorb the water internally.
This is highly not recommended by me because if you already have an infection, you are prone to make it worse
Use baby wipes
Make use of water baby wipes to clean up after urinating. The use of tissue might make vaginal infection such as yeast and BV worse.