Pink vaginal discharge is a common occurrence stemming from a change in hormones such as ovulation or pregnancy. While pink discharge is normal and doesn’t necessarily indicate a serious health condition, there are times when you may need medical assistance in order to make sure that there’s nothing wrong down there. From breakthrough bleeding to implantation bleeding, there are many “normal” causes of pink vaginal discharge that don’t concern your health and well-being.
But distinguishing between what’s normal and what isn’t can be oftentimes very difficult. If this is the first time you experience vaginal spotting, you might find it quite alarming. The good news is that thousands of other women go through the same unpleasant experience frequently. Here’s what they’ve asked our expert:
1. A few days ago I have notices some pinkish liquid on my underwear, but by the end of the day it was no longer pink colored. I do know that every woman experiences vaginal discharge on a daily basis, but the sight of blood made me freak out. The discharge was pink tinged, pale, and slimy, much like usual. It wasn’t smelly, creamy or something, so I’m pretty sure I don’t have yeast infection. The last time I had sex was about two weeks ago, and my period is due in 8 days. I also feel some sort of cramping whenever I engage in physical activity (I take yoga classes twice per week). Other than that, everything seems relatively normal. What causes pink discharge? I’m in a monogamous relationship, so there’s no chance of an STD. Please advise – should I see my GP?
AllDischarge.com Expert Answers:
You say that you had sex about two weeks ago, and your period is due in 8 days. It makes me think that you have probably had sex during ovulation, so there’s a very good chance that you’re pregnant. Spotting is the very first sign of early pregnancy you may experience, and it usually happens as a result of the fertilized egg attaching to the inner wall of your uterus (medically known as endometrium). The egg may hook and crack tiny small vessels, causing a little bit of bleed to come out of your vagina. This is normal and shouldn’t be a cause of concern. It occurs about 12 to 6 days before your next period is due, and lasts from a few minutes to a couple of hours. Have you experienced other pregnancy symptoms, like breast tenderness? I recommend that you take a pregnancy test to see whether you are pregnant or the bleeding is stemming from a more serious condition.
It’s reassuring to know that the discharge is watery instead of thick and clumpy, and that it doesn’t bear any odor. If you had yeast infection, you would now experience milky, cottage cheese like discharge with odor, itching, swelling and redness of the vagina, burning during urination, and painful intercourse. Sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea, Chlamydia and trichomoniasis would have exhibited similar symptoms – but this isn’t your case.
Since the spotting was so light that it went away by the end of the day, it’s likely implantation spotting. However, signs vary from woman to woman, so you should see your GP as soon as possible and take an hCG test to see whether you are pregnant or not. If you’re not pregnant, have some vaginal swabs taken and analyzed for common STDs like those I previously mentioned. A Pap smear will help rule out the possibility of cervical cancer.