Paying attention to your vaginal discharge is smart self-care. Normal discharge is described as white or clear, usually without odor, and with consistency depending mostly on the time in your menstrual cycle. Although the amount varies from woman to woman, a woman’s vagina usually produces 2-3 grams of discharge every day.
Forgotten Tampons: A Common Cause of Thick Yellow Discharge
Many women forgot to remove the last tampon at the end of a period, which begins to fester after a week or two. This, in turn, causes thick yellow mucus discharge that’s usually accompanied by a foul smell, although not necessarily by itchiness. If you have an old tampon in place, remove it as soon as possible. However, if the light yellow discharge continues, you should see your doctor immediately or visit a genitourinary medicine clinic.
Thick Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy: Normal or Not?
The whitish vaginal discharge is absolutely normal during pregnancy, and most women report an increase in the amount that’s produced by the vagina. The greater blood flow to the vagina will boost estrogen production, causing a larger amount of discharge, which can be from white to light yellow and have no smell. The increase in discharge will continue until birth. A few weeks before your delivery date, the discharge will become thick and sticky, and will be produced in even greater amounts. Wearing panty liners may help prevent wetness on your clothes.
If you aren’t yet at 37 weeks and notice a sudden change in the color of your discharge while pregnant, call your doctor immediately.