Vaginal discharge comes in many forms and colors, and it can be hard to tell whether you need to seek medical treatment or if your discharge is healthy and normal. Vaginal discharge is fluid that can come out of a woman’s vagina and is produced by her uterus, cervix, and vagina. It can vary in color and is normal for a woman to have though changes to a woman’s discharge can be a sign of infection or disease.
Vaginal discharge helps keep your vaginal walls clean from bacteria and infection. It also provides lubrication to the vagina and keeps the vagina tissue healthy.
Normal Vaginal Discharge:
Normal vaginal discharge is When a woman gets her period, she will produce very little vaginal discharge, and likely, she will not notice it when she does due to it being mixed into her menstrual blood. s menstrual cycle, a woman’s vaginal discharge changes in texture and can also help a woman know which phase of her menstrual cycle she is on.
· Menstrual discharge: When a woman gets her period, she will produce very little vaginal discharge, and, likely, she will not notice it when she does due to it being mixed into her menstrual blood.
· Discharge before ovulation: During the follicular phase a woman’s hormone levels rise and her cervix begins to produce extra mucus. The thickening of the vaginal mucus is to help guide any sperm into the uterus during ovulation. During this time a woman’s discharge may be creamy white or cloudy in color. It also may be thick and creamy in texture.
· Discharge during ovulation: During ovulation is when a woman will experience the most discharge. Discharge during ovulation is typically clear, slimy, and can be stretched between your index finger and thumb. If you can stretch it between the two fingers you are ovulating.
· Luteal phase discharge: During the luteal phase a woman’s progesterone levels peak and her cervical mucus thickens to stop sperm from entering the upper reproductive tract. Thicker mucus changes a woman’s vaginal discharge from being slippery to sticky and dry.
Unhealthy Vaginal Discharge:
Vaginal discharge that has a color to it or has an odor can be a sign that you have an infection and need to seek medical attention. Different infections can change the color or smell of a woman’s vaginal discharge in different ways.
· Yeast infection discharge: If a woman’s discharge is thick and clumpy and is white alongside other symptoms, she may have a yeast infection.
· Chlamydia discharge: When a woman gets her period, she will produce very little vaginal discharge, and, likely, she will not notice it when she does due to it being mixed into her menstrual blood.
· Bacterial vaginosis discharge: Discharge that has a strong fish smell and is gray can indicate that a woman has bacterial vaginosis.
At Stetho Health Systems we understand that women are as diverse as the world we live in and not all women experience the same similar health symptoms. “Through our company efforts and the brand impact we strive to make every day better for women and we can do so through not only our products but through proper education” stated Cristiana Sandor CEO of Stetho Health Systems.