Sticky discharge is one of the most common types of discharge women deal with. It usually occurs before and after period, and results due to low estrogen levels in the body. The consistency of sticky vaginal discharge goes from thick and clumpy to creamy and pasty, while the color ranges from clear to cloudy white or pale yellow. If accompanied by a bad fishy odor, unusually yellow or greenish color, vaginal itching, swelling or redness, the discharge may indicate the presence of an infection instead.
This guide shows you when sticky mucus from vagina is normal and when it’s a reason of concern.
White Sticky Discharge Before and After Period
The consistency of your vaginal mucus is largely influenced by the estrogen-progesterone balance in your body. During ovulation, estrogen levels increase while progesterone levels decrease, resulting in larger amounts of discharge that’s clear and watery. This happens during the middle of your menstrual cycle – specifically, between the date when your last period started and the date when your next period is due to start.
After ovulation, estrogen levels start gradually decreasing as progesterone levels increase before period, causing your clear sticky discharge to become thick, clumpy and impossible to swim through for sperm cells. The color ranges from clear to whitish, and the mucus feels quite like lotion when rubbed between fingers. Similarly, the levels of progesterone are higher than those of estrogen after period, which is why your cervical mucus gets significantly thicker and chunky once your period stops.
Clear Sticky Discharge During Pregnancy
Clear sticky vaginal discharge is a common sign of pregnancy that occurs very early, sometimes during the second week of the first trimester. During early pregnancy, your body goes through many hormonal changes that alter the estrogen-progesterone balance. Estrogen levels increase and your vagina starts expelling watery discharge that can be quite sticky and stringy. Meaning, it can stretch an inch or two without breaking in the middle. But as pregnancy progress and estrogen levels increase, the mucus becomes increasingly watery, losing its spinnbarkeit (stretchy) property.
Normal sticky discharge during pregnancy should be clear or white, and have no significant odor. Due to the increase in amount, the smell may become slightly musky, but this will be noticeable specifically when you sit to urinate.