Creamy white discharge is a common happening among women from the stage of puberty till menopause. Once your reproductive system becomes “viable” and ready to function, you will likely experience vaginal discharge to some degree, which may change depending on the time in your menstrual cycle. While most women report a lot of thick white creamy discharge with no odor, others report a frequent white, smelly secretion that is oftentimes cites with a light to heavy odor, as well as a pretty dense consistency.
So what does it mean when you have white creamy discharge? Is it normal? Is it a sign of pregnancy? See what our readers have asked us about this pesky issue.
1. I have recently taken antibiotics, and I have noticed lots of thick creamy white discharge lately. The discharge is pasty, and has a consistent that’s very similar to cottage cheese. The smell is fishy, and if I don’t change my underwear at least two times a day, then it gets really bad and easily noticeable through my jeans. My genital area itches, and I can barely refrain from not scratching or trying to banish the itching. I have not had any sex during the last few months, so I completely exclude the possibility of a sexually transmitted disease. What could be causing the discharge? Should I be concerned?
AllDischarge.Com Expert Answers:
You say that you had taken antibiotics, which makes me think that you have probably gotten a yeast infection. Yeast infections are very common among both sexually active and inactive women, and may occur at any point in your life. An infection of this type is caused by an overgrowth of Candida bodies in the vaginal flora, which happens when good bacteria (such as lactobacillus) can no longer regulate their growth due to hormonal changes.
You already exhibit yeast infection symptoms: creamy white discharge, fishy smell, itching, and I am assuming that your vulva is quite swollen and red as well. Plus, antibiotics are known to frequently cause yeast infections due to altering your vagina’s pH and facilitating the growth of yeast.
You should see your doctor and have a sample of the discharge taken, which will be sent to a laboratory for analysis. If it’s a yeast infection, you will probably need to take either antibiotics or injections. Your doctor may also prescribe you a cream or ointment to soothe the itching. Do your best not to scratch, or else you may worsen the symptoms. Also, consider consuming more yoghurt and taking probiotics supplements while on antibiotics, so you can avoid yeast infections in the future.
2. Yesterday morning I noticed a large yellow stain on my underwear. I am normally very diligent about my personal hygiene, and I always wash down below every two days. I also change my underwear every day. I am currently in a monogamous relationship and had sex about two weeks ago, but I don’t think that the discharge is caused by an STD. However, we did not use condoms, and I have never been on birth control either. Could the discharge be a sign of pregnancy? Is white creamy discharge normal?