Have you been experiencing cottage cheese discharge likely? If yes, one of the most common problems causing it is vaginal yeast infection, a type of infection that develops as a result of upsetting the balance between good bacteria (such as lactobacilli) and yeast (Candida bodies) living in your vagina’s bacterial flora. However, many women experience abnormal-looking discharge that’s just as normal and healthy as their usual watery discharge that occurs around the middle of the menstrual cycle.
If you have had yeast infection in the past and your symptoms are seemingly similar, your best bet would be seeing your doctor and undergoing a complete vaginal examination to identify the exact cause of the cottage cheese vaginal discharge. As tempting as it may seem, self-diagnosis tends to be inaccurate in most instances, resulting in taking the wrong medication that may worsen your issue. Check out these questions we’ve received from women dealing with the exact same problem like you.
1. I have been having a lot of cottage cheese like discharge over the past few days. It’s yellow, very thick and makes my vagina feel rather dry instead of wet, as my normal discharge does. However, there is no itch and no odor, which makes me think it’s not yeast infection after all. I haven’t been sexually active for longer than two years, so it definitely isn’t an STI. I can’t recall doing anything out of the ordinary that may have caused the change in discharge! What do you think may be causing it? My period is just a few days away and I’m afraid it may arrive later due to this yellow cottage cheese discharge!
AllDischarge.com Expert Answers:
Assuming that it’s not yeast infection just because you don’t experience other symptoms such as itching or bad odor isn’t smart to do. Without examining you and looking at your discharge under a microscope, it’s hard to say what this discharge may be caused by.
As you probably know already, yeast infection occurs due to a number of reasons, and the most common ones include antibiotic or steroid use, lifestyle changes, sexual contact with an infected partner, poor eating habits and a weak immune system. Usually, the infection manifests through increased amounts of thick white cottage cheese discharge, itching, and a foul odor coming from the vagina. Some women also have vulvitis (inflammation of the external female anatomy, known as vulva). So even if there’s no itch or smell, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have yeast infection. It may be a milder this time, thus the absence of other secondary symptoms.
Another possibility would be bacterial vaginosis. It causes cottage cheese like discharge with odor, but no itching or other such symptoms. However, BV is much milder than yeast infection, and usually goes away on its own without requiring any treatment. It’s good to see your doctor about the discharge anyway for an accurate diagnosis of the actual problem.
One thing that popped into my mind when I read your last sentence was that your progesterone levels must be quite high at this time of your menstrual cycle since your period is just a few days away. Around the time of your ovulation, estrogen levels increase while progesterone levels decrease, thus causing a lot of clear watery discharge to come out. But as the date your period is due approaches, estrogen levels decrease and progesterone levels increase, making your cervical mucus become chunky, white, and very cottage cheese like. This also happens after your period stops.
Your best bet would be calling your doctor, making an appointment and having this weird discharge examined. If it’s not caused by an infection, then it’s probably due to increased levels of progesterone.