In most cases, milky white discharge from vagina is perfectly normal – this discharge is getting rid of bacteria and dead cells from cervix and vagina. It keeps infection away from the vagina helping vaginal tissue stay healthy and free from infections. Milky white discharge is a combination of vaginal secretion (mucus), dead cells from cervix and vagina and vaginal bacteria. Healthy milky white discharge has no odor but some changes in volume and consistency could be observed during different phases of menstrual cycle. Normal vaginal discharge can range from clear and watery during ovulation to milky white and sticky during other days of cycle.
Milky white discharge – ovulation
Once a month your vaginal discharge can be changed – in the middle of menstrual cycle (during ovulation). At that time cervix produces additional mucus which is looking like egg white (same consistency and color) and making discharge stretchy and thick. Often it is called “ovulation egg white cervical mucus” which helps sperm to move through cervix to find the egg for conception. This type of discharge is a sign when you are most fertile.
Milky white discharge – pregnancy
Milky white discharge
During pregnancy, the volume of healthy vaginal discharge could increase because of hormonal changes. In the early stages of pregnancy vagina is working overtime to create more discharge for keeping cervix healthy, moist and sealed. Pregnancy body heat can also liquefy the vaginal discharge causing larger quantities than you are used to. Milky white pregnancy discharge keeps good bacteria alive and bad bacteria out preventing vaginal and bladder infections. During late pregnancy, the discharge also keeps vagina better lubricated before birth.
Milky white discharge – stress
Emotional and psychological stress always triggers imbalance of hormones which could result in changes of your vaginal discharge – it could become creamy white. According to experts, severe stress could also disrupt the delicate balance of bacteria in the vagina and cause thick milky discharge.
Milky white discharge – sexual excitement
Women could experience increased milky white vaginal secretion during sexual excitement – it is natural vaginal extra lubrication in order to prepare vagina for contacts. When woman is sexually aroused, she always experiences the increase in the secretions from the vagina – it is perfectly normal.
Milky white discharge – menopause
As vaginal discharge always depends on female hormones, any hormonal changes could change volume and texture of the discharge. Starting from perimenopause, women experience natural decrease of female hormones – kind of preparation for menopause. And during menopause dramatic hormonal “deficiency” could be observed which usually trigger changes in vaginal discharge During menopause the volume of normal milky white vaginal discharge usually become minimal.
Noticeable change in consistency, texture, color and smell of milky white vaginal discharge could be a sign of a vaginal infection.
Milky white discharge variation
Cottage cheese like white thick vaginal discharge could be a sign of yeast infection triggered by overgrowth of the Candida fungus that naturally occurs in the vagina. Besides of cottage cheese discharge, vaginal yeast infection causes vaginal itching, burning sensation in the vulva and genital swelling.
Main causes of yeast infection could be antibiotics, increased levels of estrogen, diabetes, poor immune system and overweight/obesity.
White creamy vaginal discharge is usually caused by bacterial vaginosis BV) which is triggered by vaginal bacteria disbalance when bad bacteria invade the vaginal mucosa. Most common symptom of bacterial vaginosis is fishy vaginal odor combined with unpleasant vaginal discharge and vaginal burning sensation.
Main causes of bacterial vaginosis could be vaginal douching, over-washing the genital area, bubble baths or recently changed sexual partner.
Whitish-gray or yellow-greenish smelly vaginal discharge could be triggered by sexually transmitted infections such as trichomoniasis, gonorrhea, Chlamydia, etc. Most common symptoms of sexually transmitted infections are colored (yellow, green, gray) vaginal discharge, vaginal itching, foul odor, frequent urination and burning sensation during urination
Main cause of sexually transmitted diseases is unprotected sex and/or multiple not checked partners.
White foamy fluid vaginal discharge could be a sign of vaginal inflammation (vaginitis, vulvovaginitis, cervicitis). Depending on type of bacteria responsible for inflammation, vaginal discharge color could have yellow, white, green or gray coloration. During vaginal inflammation women could experience vaginal odor, burning sensation in vagina, genital itching and fewer.
Main cause of vaginal inflammation could be sexually transmitted infections or some other bacteria.
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Disclaimer: It is strongly recommended to consult your doctor for professional advice. Above mentioned information and recommendations are just general and should be adapted to each person according to personal health indicators and status.