Is Ovulation Discharge Normal?
It is normal for most women to have a clear, stretch ovulation discharge. About a day or two before ovulation, most women experience a slippery wet discharge similar to egg white. This type of discharge is known as egg white cervical mucus.
The main purpose for a slippery discharge during ovulation is to make the vagina environment less acidic and for the sperm to moves easily upwards towards the egg.
The EWCM protects and provides nutrients for the sperm as it travels along the female reproductive organs to meet the egg.
Not all women produces an egg white cervical mucus during ovulation. Women who don't are advised to:
- Stay hydrated. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
- Take supplement to increase cervical mucus e.g FertileCM
- Use a sperm friendly lubricant e.g Preseed
What Causes a smelly Vaginal Discharge?
A smelly vaginal discharge is caused mostly by an infection.
Bacterial Vaginosis: If your discharge has a fishy odor. Then you most likely have BV. Other symptoms of BV are:
- Greenish/yellowish discharge with an unpleasnt smell
- Vaginal itching and irritation
- Burning pain when urinating or during intercourse
Trichomoniasis: is a sexually transmitted disease caused by having an unprotected sex. It is caused by a parasite called Trichomonas. The symptoms are:
- Yellow green abnormal discharge
- Excessive discharge with an unpleasant fish smell
- Pain or burning sensation when urinating
- irritation and itching of the vagina.
What does Discharge during ovulation smell like
Discharge at ovulation has no smell or odor. And if at all the smell is mild. If you notice an unpleasant smell in your discharge, you should see a doctor immediately.
How to Treat a smelly Discharge
If you discharge is smelly do the following:
1. See a Doctor to test for an infection
If you have any discharge that is smelly or itchy, you may have bacteria vaginosis or yeast infection or even a sexually transmitted disease such as chlamydia, trichomoniasis or gonorrhoea.
It is important you get proper check up so you don't self diagnose yourself with the wrong infection.
Many women in the past have mistaken a bacteria infection for a sexually transmitted disease.
The doctor will perform an internal examination by taking samples with a swab from the vagina. The samples collected are sent to a Lab where it is placed under a microscope to determine what organism caused the infection.
With a proper diagnosis conducted the doctor is able to prescribe an appropriate medication.
2. Take a bath with apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a good home remedy to use when trying to get rid of vaginal odor. It contains antibacterial properties. It helps to get rid of bad bacteria in the vagina.
3. Take a probiotic yogurt
Probiotic yogurt contains a good bacteria called lactobacillus bacteria. This bacteria helps to get rid of yeast infection and prevents their overgrowth.
4. Add tree tea oil to your bath
Tree tea oil also helps to prevent vaginal odor because it contains anti-fungal properties. To use tree tea oil, dilute the oil with water and witch hazel.Then apply to a cotton pad. It is important you dilute first with water and witch hazel to avoid getting a burning sensation.