Women experience the pain of the monthly menstrual cycles which makes them feel off-mood, experience body pain and creates a mental instability. Vaginal discharge that is expelled out of a woman’s body during every menstrual cycle is the fluid that contains a mix of the vaginal secretions and the cervical mucous. The quantity, color and odor of this discharge varies across the female population but most of the times, the discharge released out of the body is healthy. This vaginal discharge serves an integral function in the female reproductive system. The fluid released from the vagina during your menstruation period removed old cells and debris thereby maintaining the health and cleanliness of the reproductive tract. Get more insights about menstruation at www.firsteatright.com.
Menstrual Cycle: Color Wheel
The color and quantity of the discharge changes from day to day depending on where a person is exactly in the menstrual cycle: At the beginning of the menstrual cycle (days 1-5), the discharge is usually red/blood red in color as the body gets rid of the uterine lining. Most individuals don’t menstruate beyond the fifth day of the period and the person may notice less vaginal discharge during the following days (days 6-14). Once the egg starts to develop, the mucous color becomes white or pale yellow with a sticky texture. Some days before ovulation (days 14-25), the mucus is similar to egg white, thin and slippery. A few days just before your next period (days 25-28), the cervical mucus will lighten and there is very little seen.
This is the most common color seen during menstruation. Menstrual cycles differ among individuals and can happen anytime between 20 and 40 days although it happens around 28 days on an average. Full-fledged bleeding occurs for 2-4 days and the color can be anything from blood red to brown or rust color. If someone gets another period between two regular cycles, it is advisable to meet a gynecologist and get it checked as there are many medical reasons behind such intermittent bleeding. It might be a benign cyst, fibrosis or something beyond these.
White color discharge is commonly seen before a period or during ovulation. The shades might vary anywhere from white to cream to light yellow. Absence of itching, irritation, burning or unusual smell rules out any problem with this discharge and in fact, it is a sign of healthy lubrication. But, if the discharge is like cottage cheese or has a foul smell it can be indicative of an underlying yeast infection. Candida is the most common yeast infection due to fungal overgrowth.
A slight yellow discharge is not at all a problem and might be the result of changes in your diet or supplement. But discharge that has a dark yellow coloration or has a green tinge to the yellow coloration indicates a bacterial or sexually transmitted infection. Yellow or greenish discharge might be due to trichomoniasis or chlamydia. Trichomoniasis presents itself with itching, pain during urination and an unpleasant odor.
Light or dark colored pink discharge mostly occurs as a spotting before a period or can also be a sign of implantation bleeding in early pregnancy. Sometimes, sexual intercourse can cause tear or irritate the vagina resulting in pink discharge after intercourse.
Normal vaginal discharge is colorless or white in color, similar to the egg white. This is normally visible before ovulation, during pregnancy and during sexual arousal.
Grey-colored discharge indicates that something is not right with your body and mostly conveys the presence of a common bacterial infection called bacterial vaginosis which causes symptoms such as itching, irritation, a strong fish odor or redness around the vagina.
Dietitian Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.