Struggling to understand and control your clear vaginal discharge? The good news is that you’re not alone. Every woman starts experiencing clear discharge when she hits puberty and continues to experience it until she reaches menopause. But as healthy and beneficial as it might be, clear watery discharge might seem out of the ordinary for many women, and specifically for those who have never really paid attention to how their vagina works.
While most of the time clear stretchy discharge is a normal occurrence, it can sometimes indicate pregnancy or even the presence of a vaginal infection. Our expert answers some of the most common answers about clear mucus discharge from women just like you!
1. I know this is an embarrassing question, but I don’t feel like talking to someone else about it. Over the last two days I have been experiencing some sort of slimy white discharge from vagina. It’s stretchy, jelly like, but not smelly. Sometimes the discharge comes with blood streaks, which really concerns me. My vagina isn’t itchy, swollen or red, and other than the bloody discharge, I experience no other symptom. What does it mean when you have clear discharge with blood streaks? What can be the cause? Is there something wrong with me?
AllDischarge.com Expert Answers:
One of the first things I would do if I were you is calculating my ovulation days. The blood streaks from the discharge can be due to implantation bleeding, meaning you could be pregnant. It can last anywhere from a few minutes to even days (which seems to be your case), but other than that it doesn’t have other symptoms. Your best bet now would be calculating your ovulation days – implantation spotting usually occurs 6 to 12 days after ovulation, so if the first day you experienced clear discharge with blood coincides with this period in your menstrual cycle, it’s no doubt – you’re pregnant.
At this point, you will want to wait another two or three days before taking a home pregnancy test. If it turns out negative, take a blood test instead, as they are more accurate than home pregnancy tests. If it turns out positive, repeat it, just to be sure that you’re not mistaken. An ultrasound test will also show whether the fertilized egg has attached to the inner lining of the uterus (endometrium).
Keep in mind that if it’s been longer than one or two months after implantation, the bleeding may be caused by a threatened or actual miscarriage. You may miscarry before you even know you’re pregnant, so you should get yourself checked up to see what’s causing the spotting.
An infection is not likely the underlying cause since there are no other symptoms like bad odor, itching or swelling of the vagina. You didn’t mention whether you have engaged in sexual intercourse lately, but I assume you haven’t since you’re not sharing your worries about a potential STD. I recommend that you go ahead and take a pregnancy test first. If it turns out negative even after a blood test, see your physician as soon as possible. Ovarian, uterine and cervical cancer are the most serious and concerning underlying conditions causing gel like discharge with blood, so it’s best to have the issue checked by a professional.