White discharge before menstruation, what does this mean? Women who want to become pregnant keep a close eye on mucus loss. The mucus around ovulation is different than just before menstruation. When an egg is fertilized, the woman notices that the mucus is different than normal. But when is the white discharge really different?
What is white discharge?
White discharge is also called white discharge. Every woman has to deal with this, especially during her childbearing years. The secretion has an important function: preventing infections and keeping the vagina supple. In addition, this secretion plays an important role in fertilization.
White discharge is, as the name suggests, white in color. However, it can turn yellow to brown-yellow when the secretion comes into contact with the outside air and dries. If fresh discharge has a color other than white to creamy white, there may be an infection.
Discharge around ovulation
Just before ovulation, the mucus changes in structure and quantity. More secretion is produced. The mucus also clearly changes to a kind of protein-like substance. When the mucus is held between the thumb and forefinger and pulled apart, clear threads can be seen. This is not possible well before ovulation. When threads can be pulled from the mucus, this means fertile mucus, or the period around ovulation. Sperm cells are now passed through more easily. After ovulation, this stretchy mucus changes back into normal mucus, and the amount also changes again.
White discharge before menstruation
Before menstruation there is also white discharge. Two things can happen now: a lot or little white discharge. If the egg is not fertilized, the body will prepare to shed the built-up uterine lining. The production of the white mucus also decreases. This can even decrease so much that some women complain of dryness of the vagina. This is often most severe one to three days before menstruation. Menstruation starts and starts with light blood loss or some abdominal cramps. After menstruation, the mucus is built up again to protect the uterus. This produces some discharge, but not as much as around ovulation.
If the egg is fertilized, the body will not prepare to break down the uterine lining. The fertilized egg implants in the uterine wall. From then on, part of the fertilized egg starts producing the pregnancy hormone HCG. This hormone signals to the body that there is a pregnancy. The new pregnancy must be well protected. This happens, among other things, by the production of more white discharge. This secretion protects the uterus against invaders such as bacteria.
Not every woman is the same. There are women who still produce a lot of discharge just before their period, and there are women who hardly experience any white discharge during pregnancy. It is important for every woman to recognize her own discharge and the pattern during the menstrual cycle. Only then can deviations be noticed.
A pink discharge is mucus that has mixed with some blood. The blood loss is then so little that it turns pink when it comes into contact with the white discharge. We often see pink discharge during implantation, but also just before menstruation. It is sometimes difficult to assess why there is a pink discharge. However, this can be better estimated when the period in which this takes place is known. Implantation of a fertilized egg takes place approximately one week before menstruation (or 5 to 7 days after fertilization). The woman often has to wait a while until a pregnancy test can be done. A test is most reliable when it is performed from day one when menstruation is expected, but does not occur.
Sometimes the mucus or discharge will smell slightly different early in pregnancy. Some women already recognize their pregnancy by this. However, the discharge should not smell terribly. If it smells bad, has a strange color and is very watery, there may be a vaginal infection. The doctor can then prescribe a medicine to combat the infection. It is important to treat an infection as soon as possible. It can affect fertility in the future. A fungal infection will not cause any damage during pregnancy, but it can infect the baby during delivery.
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