Is a white discharge before period normal or not and what causes it?.
It is perfectly normal for a woman to have white thick or creamy white discharge a few days or a week before her period starts.
This is absolutely fine as long as the discharge is not itchy or smelly.
The white discharge is produced at the neck of the womb which is known as the cervix, or by the vaginal walls and the Vulva.
And that is why this white discharge is sometimes referred to as cervical mucus.
A vaginal discharge is a combination of both cervical mucus and secretion.
At different stages of a woman's menstrual cycle, different consistency and colour of these discharges are produced ranging from white to cream.
The discharge could be :
- Creamy White Discharge
- Clear Watery Discharge
- White Watery Discharge
- Milky White Discharge
- Thick White Discharge
Main causes Discharge before Period
One of the earliest sign of pregnancy even before you take an early pregnancy test is a white discharge.
If you are trying for a baby and you have missed your period but have a negative pregnancy test with a white discharge then you may be pregnant.
This milky white discharge is caused by the female hormones causing the vaginal walls to thicken after implantation.
The main purpose of the vaginal walls thickening is to protect the uterus and the baby developing in the womb.
This vaginal discharge is perfectly normal and it is necessary throughout the pregnancy duration.
The discharge should not cause any discomfort such as itching or smelling.
If you notice an horrible smell or odor or a burning sensation or feel itchy down there then it could be a sign of vaginal infection.
It is important to note that some women have no discharge at the onset of pregnancy.
Indication that your period is coming
is white vaginal discharge a sign of period coming? well it is.
Before your menstruation starts, you may notice a thick white discharge on your panties. This is perfectly normal.
Some ladies complain of seeing white stuff before period on their panties.
This is caused by the drop in estrogen and progestrone hormone level, telling your body that your menstruation is about to start.
Other premenstrual syndrome you may notice are:
- Breast Tenderness
- Weight gain
- Feeling Bloated
If the discharge has a fishy smell or itchy it could be a sign of yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis.
Your vaginal discharge changes over the cause of your monthly menstrual cycle.
Due to the various hormonal changes taking place in the female reproductive system.
For example, about a few days to ovulation you produce a jelly like discharge which is an indication that ovulation is around the corner.
And then During ovulation you produce a slippery vaginal discharge which is more sperm friendly in aiding the sperm to the egg.
STAGES OF VAGINAL DISCHARGE IN A MONTHLY CYCLE
The vagina is similar to the mouth. In the sense that the mouth is always moist and same goes to the vagina.
Your vagina is meant to be always moist, however little.
The female reproductive system is controlled by the hormones.
The level and type of cervical mucus you have at any point in your menstrual cycle is directly related to your hormonal levels.
The culprit hormone is mainly the estrogen hormone.
The estrogen hormone fluctuates throughout your menstrual cycle.
Your level of the estrogen hormone rises as you approach ovulation. At ovulation it is at it's highest.
The higher the level of the estrogen hormone the slippery or watery your vaginal discharge gets.
This is why the vaginal discharge at ovulation is very similar to egg white cervical mucus.
This is the recommended type of vaginal discharge that aids the sperm to easily swim to meet the egg.
Day 1-5 of your period: Your period is present and no vaginal discharge is present or noticeable.
Day 6-7: The immediate days after your period are referred to as the dry days. With very little or no vaginal discharge present. Estrogen levels are low at this stage.
Day 8-9: About a week to ovulation you get a thick white discharge. This is produced by your cervix as the level of the estrogen hormone rises. This discharge is also a sign that you are approaching your fertile days.
Days 10-11: You are not at the beginning of your fertile days. The cervical mucus is less thick and watery but not yet the recommended consistency for fertility.
Day 11-13: You are now in your fertile days and your estrogen levels are approaching it's peak. You start to get a slippery wet feeling in your vagina. This is because the cervix produces this typre of vaginal discharge around ovulation.
Day 14 -15: You get the highest quality of egg white cervical mucus at ovulation. Some women feel very wet and slippery and at the same type increased sexual desire. This is because the level of estrogen hormone is at it's highest.
Day 16-21: Your estrogen levels starts to drop after ovulation as occured and another female hormone called progesterone starts to rise to prepare the womb for a baby by thickening the uterus walls. If no fertilisation occurs the walls of the uterus is shed as menstruation at about 2 weeks later.
Day 22-28: At this stage your estrogen levels continues to drop and the progesterone starts to drop a few days before your next period starts. Your vaginal discharge is back to a thick white consistency.
When should you worry about white THICK discharge before your periodS
You should be worried when you have an abnormal discharge at any stage of your menstrual cycle.
An abnormal vaginal discharge has the following characteristics:
- A green, yellow, pink, brown discharge
- A fishy odor or a bad smell
- The discharge is thick clumpy white like cottage cheese
- Excessive vaginal discharge
- Burning sensation during urination
- Itchiness of the vagina opening or vulva.
If you have any of these symptoms listed above, you may have a yeast infection, bacteria infection or a sexually transmitted infection.
Causes of Abnormal Vagina Discharge Before Period
The most common causes of abnormal discharge are:
Also known as Candidiasis, Yeast infection is caused by a fungus called Candida.
According to studies, 3 out of 4 women will get Yeast Infection sometimes in their life time.
So you are not alone, if you discover you have yeast infection.
It is generally, not considered a sexually transmitted diseases because It can still be found in women who are not sexually active.
The discharge caused by yeast infection is usually a Thick White Clumpy Discharge that looks like cottage cheese.
The symptoms you experience when you have yeast infection are: itching, pain during sex, burning sensation when you pee, whitish grey and thick vaginal discharge.
Also known as Bacterial vaginosis. This is a non-irritating, foul smelling discharge.
The infection is caused by the excessive growth of bacteria in the vagina. This discharge is usually white or grey and causes no irritation but has a fishy or rotten meat smell.
It is normal and required for the vaginal to have some quantity of natural growing bacteria in it.
But when there is an imbalance of bacteria in the vagina it causes this infection.
Main causes of bacteria vaginosis are : Vaginal Douching, Having different sexual partners, use of IUD for birth control.
Chlamydia is a very common sexually transmitted infection. It is passed from one person to the other during unprotected sex.
Similarly to other sexually transmitted diseases, the symptoms of chlamydia are: Pain while urinating, unusual discharge from the vagina, bleeding during sex and bleeding during period for women.
Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted infection that is caused by a protozoan organism called Trichomonas vaginalis.
It is mainly transmitted during sexual intercourse but could also be gotten from a contaminated Pap smear test.
Symptoms include: production of irritating vaginal discharge, excessive discharge, yellowish-greenish discharge, unpleasant fishy smell, vagina tenderness and pain.
In Conclusion, white or creamy discharge before menstrual period is perfectly normal. Unless if itching or smelly then contact your doctor.