Just like a women’s physical characteristics differ, so does their vaginal mucus. Some are unaware they’re secreting any all and others experience such heavy discharge they must change their underwear throughout the day.
As a result, it can be difficult to define exactly what “normal” is when it comes to vaginal mucus. So we’ve done some research to give you the lowdown.
What Is Normal Vaginal Mucus?
Once young girls approach puberty their bodies are inundated with hormones such as oestrogen and progesterone. It is then that young women experience the evolution of the reproductive system and adult vagina.
The adult vagina is its very own ecosystem that naturally produces and secretes vaginal discharge. This varies in texture, consistency, smell and volume from day-to-day, month-to-month.
Not only does vaginal mucus provide us with lubrication, it also keeps infections at bay. Vaginal mucus has a cycle of its own and after a menstruation cycle we have very little mucus.
Becoming stretchy and clear (like an egg white) in the middle of our cycle, which is considered our fertile mucus. Then becoming thicker and heavier towards the beginning of our next period.
The amounts produced throughout the cycles does differ, however it should never have a foul smell, cause irritation or be discoloured or tinged with blood.
When Should I Worry About Vaginal Mucus?
Changes in your vaginal mucus can be an indication that something more sinister is developing within your reproductive system or vaginal region.
Therefore it is important to recognise any changes that occur. Unusual or changed discharge can be a sign of an infection, inflammation or something more serious.
Signs Of Abnormal Mucus:
- Change in smell – fishy or foul
- Change in thickness – from egg white to cottage cheese
- Green in colour
- Red or brown in colour – indicating blood
- Causes irritation or an itch
- If sex or urination becomes painful
- If you pass blood post sex
- Pains in the abdomen
There are many different causes to a change in your vaginal mucus, some as simple as skin irritation and some very sinister.
So, for this reason, it is most important that if you do notice a change, you speak directly with your health care provider.
Making sure to take note of all changes – consistency, smell, colour and time of menstrual cycle.
With some simple and easy tests, your health care provider will be able to quickly pin point any problems.
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