It’s normal to have some amount of watery discharge, and as unpleasant as it may be, this fluid helps maintain your vagina clean, healthy and keep infections at bay. The changes in color, consistency and amount that occur throughout your menstrual cycle may seem scary, especially if you have never paid attention to how your discharge looks.
The presence of watery vaginal discharge can make you more aware of yourself, increase the feeling of discomfort and lead to attempts of eradicating it through consistent cleaning and use of certain hygiene products. But as a normal part of your vagina’s self-cleansing mechanism, watery discharge can go a long way towards staying healthy down there. Here are 4 stories from women who have gone through the exact same thing as you do now – see what our expert has to say about it.
1. I am a 23-year-old woman and over the past few months, I noticed that there is some sort of white discharge from vagina. It’s milky white, thin (I’d say watery!) and has no odor. It happens mostly when my period is a few days away. It doesn’t look normal to me, although nothing seems unusual. There is no itching, swelling or discomfort – just a vague feeling of wetness since there’s lots of it! I haven’t engaged in any sexual activity during the last 6 months, so I’m pretty sure it’s not an STD. Plus, the last time I had sex was with my ex boyfriend, with whom I’d been for over 3 years at that time. What causes this discharge? Can it be a sign of cervical or uterine cancer?
AllDischarge.com Expert Answers:
I understand your concerns regarding this apparently unusual mucus discharge, but after reading your message, I am pretty sure that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with you. But before saying that you’re perfectly healthy, we should go a little more in-depth about the possible causes of watery discharge from vagina.
Most of the time, vaginal discharge is normal and doesn’t indicate the presence of an infection. You say that you’re experiencing it a few days before your period is due to come, which sounds normal. Many women experience an increase in vaginal discharge during this time of their menstrual cycle. It occurs due to the increased levels of hormones (particularly estrogen) in your body, and usually starts around the time when you’re ovulating. The mucus can be anywhere from clear to milky white, and consistency is usually thin or watery, as you’ve described it yourself. But there are no additional symptoms such as itching or bad smell, which seems to be your case as well.
We need to exclude the possibility of an STD or pregnancy since the last time you’ve had sex was more than 6 months ago. However, don’t forget that STDs aren’t contracted only sexually. You can get yeast infection, Chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis if your genitals come into contact with infected clothing (like when you sample a pair of bikini or a swimming suit) or towels, or if you touch an infected surface (like when you use a public restroom). Have you done any of these recently?
Think back – have you been overly diligent about your hygiene over the last few days or weeks? Hygiene products can be harsh on the skin, causing irritations and abnormal discharge. The symptoms you describe are quite similar to bacterial vaginosis, and this infection commonly results from excessive cleaning your intimate area or using hygiene products.
Your best bet would be seeing a doctor and having a few vaginal swabs taken for analysis, something I usually recommend for every woman who experiences changes in her vaginal discharge. If there is an infection, your doctor will prescribe appropriate medications to assist you in treating it. This can also be an opportunity to learn more about your body and how your vagina works!