Watery discharge before period is a common happening in both sexually active and inactive women, and usually occurs as a result of increased estrogen levels during this period in your menstrual cycle. If you have never had any kind of watery white discharge before period, chances are that you are scared and unsure of what it can possibly mean.
The good news is that this is not a reason of concern, especially if you cannot sense additional symptoms such as itching, swelling or redness of the vagina and/or vulva, painful intercourse, or burning during urination. The article below explains why you may occasionally experience watery discharge before or during period, and how you can address it.
There Are Hormonal Changes Occurring Before Period
The menstrual cycle is a complex system that usually involves a myriad of hormonal changes. From the day your period stops to the day your next period starts, you will be experiencing different types of discharge, with color, consistency and amount changing continually.
Normally, watery discharge before period occurs when you ovulate. Specific characteristics include clear to whitish color, a very slight musky odor, and watery, runny consistency that makes your vulva feel tacky and gives you a consistent feeling of wetness. Due to the amount of discharge increasing up to 30 times during ovulation, you may sometimes feel as if you have accidentally passed urine. Moreover, you might notice that your underpants have wet or yellowish spots.
As your period start date approaches, the discharge will gradually become whiter and thicker, its consistency thinning over the course of the next two or three weeks, until you start ovulating again.
Brown or Pink Watery Discharge After Period: Should You Be Concerned?
During the last two days of your period, you may notice that, instead of bright red, your menstruation is brownish or pinkish instead. This is usually a sign that your period will stop soon, as your vagina is expelling blood remnants along with your normal vaginal discharge, thus creating the brown or pink color on your tampon or toilet paper.
Pink or brown watery discharge after period may continue for one or two days until your vagina is completely clean again. At this point, the discharge will turn whitish and clumpy, blocking the access of sperm cells to your uterus.