Discharge Before Period: What It Could Mean
Discharge before period or menses time can be a little worrying, especially if you are experiencing unusual amounts or discoloration. You should know that discharge is quite a normal occurrence in women who have reached puberty and can simply be an indicator as to what’s going on in the body. There are, however, times when discharge before period time can be a sign that something is amiss inside your body. We’re going to look over a few things that are known to cause discharge before menstruation which may help to give you a better idea of what you might be dealing with.
Sometimes discharge will pop up around two to two and a half weeks before you next period is due. This type of discharge is usually described as being stringy, slippery, watery, and clear. It typically doesn’t have the vinegar-like scent that most discharge is known for. In fact, many women report that fertile mucous actually has a sweet scent to it. This type of discharge is not particularly tacky or sticky in consistency although it can appear a bit jellified. Discharge that matches this description is referred to as fertile mucous.
Although the term “mucous” may put you off a bit, that’s exactly what it is and it is a sign that ovulation will be upon you soon. If you’ll remember, ovulation is the time when you are at your peak fertility during the month so if you’re trying to get pregnant, fertile mucous is a sign to start trying for a baby. If you don’t want to get pregnant then you should definitely use protection during this time. Fertile mucous doesn’t require a trip to the doctor and it will clear up very soon with no muss or fuss. If you find the sensation to be annoying or bothersome then consider wearing a panty liner to offer a bit of protection for your underwear and to reduce any mess.
Certain types of discharge before period week is due could be a sign that you are experiencing a bacterial infection. There are a few characteristics that can help you determine whether the discharge you are experiencing might be related to an infection. One of the first things you might notice about the discharge is that it is white and has a thin consistency. It will not be thick, lumpy, stringy, or stretchy. The other, perhaps more obvious, sign is that the discharge will have a highly strong odor that smells like fish. This odor may be strong enough that you smell it while using the restroom or particularly when you wear a dress or shorts. It is usually most noticeable just after sex. This discharge is associated with bacterial vaginosis, which can pop up with virtually unknown causes. Treatment for bacterial vaginosis does require a trip to the doctor where the standard treatment comes in the form of a vaginal suppository. This condition, if left untreated, can increase one’s chances of contracting HIV and could pose health issues if you have a vaginal infection while pregnant.
Yeast infections are very common in women, particularly because yeast favors warm and moist areas. The tell-tale trait of discharge caused by a yeast infection is that it looks like cottage cheese—that is, white in color and thickened texture with clumps or lumps throughout the matter. In addition to this type of discharge, you may find that your vagina itches or burns. It may also have general soreness and pain that occurs during sex and especially when using the restroom.
A yeast infection can be caused by many things. Yeast is already naturally present in the body—including the vagina—but sometimes the levels of yeast can be allowed to grow too much in comparison to the amount of “good bacteria” in the area, which results in a yeast infection. The number of yeast can be increased a number of ways. Taking antibiotics can result in the yeast infection if the number of good bacteria is not built back up before the yeast begins to flourish. Diabetes, wearing tight underwear when the weather is humid/hot, the use of vaginal douches, and the use of vaginal “hygiene” sprays or wipes can also increase ones chances of developing a yeast infection. A yeast infection can be treated many different ways. One way is to use a non-prescription cream designed to treat mild yeast infection. You could also see a doctor to get a prescription medication in either an oral or vaginal form.
It may sound a little unbelievable, but it’s true that exercise can increase discharge before period and after. The typical discharge that most women experience is white in color and a bit watery in consistency. This discharge can occur at any time during a woman’s cycle but can become increasingly noticeable after a long day of exercising or when one’s physical activity level jumps up. Not to worry—this type of discharge is not serious and doesn’t need to be “treated.” If it becomes bothersome then simply wear a light pad or panty liner.