Smelly Watery Discharge After Period: A Sign of Infection?
As a rule of thumb, your vaginal discharge should never be smelly, regardless of its color or consistency. A slight musky odor may be noticed if there is too much discharge, but if the smell is strong and fishy, you may have an infection.
Most of the time, smelly discharge appears white, greenish, yellow and rarely grey, has a thick, pasty texture that feels very creamy when rubbed between your fingers, and may be accompanied by a number of symptoms such as itching, swelling, burning or pelvic pain. Whether you experience these symptoms or not, it’s always a good idea to take a few tests to ensure that everything’s alright down there. Your doctor will take a few vaginal swabs and send them to a laboratory for analysis. If any infection is detected, she will give you appropriate treatment to clear it, along with practical advice on avoiding vaginal infections in the future.
Hygiene Must-Knows: How to Address Watery Discharge Before and After Period?
When the amount of discharge increases to the point when you need to consistently wear and change panty liners, addressing the issue can be challenging. With a few hygiene and lifestyle tips, you should be able to manage this apparently uncontrollable flow and stay fresh at the same time.
1. Wash using just water every other day. Do not attempt to completely eradicate the discharge by using scented soaps and deodorants frequently, as this can worsen the problem and lead to infections.
2. Wear loose cotton underwear. Tight clothing doesn’t allow your skin to breathe, making you more susceptible to infections.
3. Avoid using tampons and panty liners to soak up the discharge. They alter your vagina’s pH and remove good bacteria from the bacterial flora, creating a breeding ground for germs to thrive in and infections to develop. Choose sanitary pads instead, and change them as frequently as possible.
4. Wipe from front to back to avoid getting any fecal matter close to or in your vagina. Use either unscented toilet paper or baby wet wipes.
5. Eat a balanced diet. Sugary foods can cause an overgrowth of Candida bodies, resulting in yeast infection.