Many women fail to pay attention to how their body works – and more specifically, to how their vagina works. Vaginal discharge is an important part of the female reproductive system, and serves as a housekeeping function that allows the vagina to cleanse itself and flush out dead cells and bacteria. While some vaginal mucus every now and then is absolutely normal, a bad odor and clumpy, cheesy consistency usually indicate the presence of an infection. Some women are not even aware of the discharge, especially if their vagina produces very little.
The good news is that you are not alone – lots of women experience white thick vaginal discharge, which usually bears no odor. Outlined below are real-life stories from women struggling with the very same issue.
1. A few days ago I noticed a lot of thick white discharge no odor on my underwear. It smelled musky, and seemed to have a chunky, lotion like consistency. I’m sure it was not caused by a yeast infection since there was no itching, swelling or pain at urination (these are the symptoms I have experienced with yeast infections in the past). It is not an STD either since I haven’t had sex for a year now. What does thick white discharge mean? Is it normal? Is it a matter of concern?
AllDischarge.Com Expert Answers:
Many women fail to identify the symptoms of a vaginal infection (or vaginitis) correctly. While it’s true that smelly thick white vaginal discharge usually indicates the presence of an infection, it is not always the case. You say that your discharge has no smell, and you do not exhibit symptoms of yeast infection such as itching or swelling. Since you have not had any sex for a year now, we have to exclude the possibility of a STD too.
What many women don’t know is that it’s normal to have up to 30 times more discharge towards the middle of their menstrual cycle – more specifically, during ovulation. The amount decreases as your period approaches, but increases again a few days before period. It’s important to know your body well, especially when it comes to your vagina. Your discharge may be absolutely normal, but it just happened to be more than usually, so it soaked through your underwear. Normal discharge is white and tends to be creamier before period, so that’s not a matter of concern either.
Another potential cause of white thick discharge is the use of feminine hygiene products, and specifically scented soaps. They alter your vagina’s pH, and create a breeding ground for bacteria and other organisms. This, in turn, causes your discharge to become abnormal – but this doesn’t seem to be your case since there is no itching, smell or discomfort.
To completely rule out the possibility of an infection, it’s recommended that you see your GP or go to a sexual health clinic to have a few vaginal swabs taken for analysis.