When it comes to vaginal discharge, women can expect to see different variations in hue, odor and consistency throughout their menstrual cycle. Most of the time, the discharge is clear and stretchy, resembling uncooked egg whites, while sometimes it is white and thick, with a consistency that’s very similar to lotions. Usually, vaginal discharge indicates the time in your menstrual cycle, and whether or not you are fertile at the time you experience the mucus.
What does it mean when you have egg white discharge, and is it a matter of concern? Definitely not – read on to find out more about it.
First, What Does Normal Vaginal Discharge Look Like?
Vaginal discharge is a fluid produced by the glands inside your vagina and cervix, which helps flush out dead cells and bacteria, and maintains the vagina clean. Vaginal discharge is typically thin, watery, and can be clear, whitish or even pale yellow. This usually depends on the time in your menstrual cycle. Dry white discharge is common before and after period, and it has a chunky, clumpy consistency, making it impossible for sperm cells to enter the uterus. As the ovulation approaches, you will start experiencing creamy discharge, which is significantly thinner than dry discharge, but still very dense. Its role is catching and filtering out the abnormal or poor-quality sperm cells before they reach the uterus to ensure that only the strongest and most viable ones will unite with your precious egg.
Egg white discharge follows creamy discharge, and occurs during ovulation. This type of vaginal mucus tends to be stretchy and slippery, and can make your vulva feel wet and sticky. Due to its much thinner consistency, egg white discharge allows sperm cells to travel vigorously to the uterus and unite with your egg. As such, egg white discharge is the most fertile type of discharge, so you are very likely to get pregnant if you engage in unprotected sex while you have it.
The peak of fertility is reached the day before the egg is released, or the day it’s released. At this point during your menstrual cycle, the discharge is watery, very slippery, thus creating the perfect conditions for sperm cells to travel to and unite with your egg.