Let’s get straight to the point. Our topic today is: vaginal discharge, yes. You can read here what it tells us, what it looks like before and after ovulation and when we should see a doctor.
Well, the sun is shining outside and I’m sitting here in my booth in cozy boots, thinking about the best way to get into the story of vaginal discharge. It’s September, the people with a lot of time are all at the lake now, where every damn second probably still feels like summer. No, I am not jealous. One has to do all the work.
And I have everything I need Inner abundance and a brave informant in distant Berlin: Dr. Mandy Mangler, chief physician for gynecology at the Charité Berlin. God knows you and I have more interesting topics than ice-cold white wine, sunscreen and who is wearing the hottest bikini. However, our nice phone call was somehow about the bikini line. So let’s finally get to the basics:
Discharge before, after and during ovulation
Every woman has it, the vaginal discharge. The vagina constantly secretes a whitish, odorless secretion in small quantities. “This is part of the female body functions and is completely normal,” says Dr. Mandy Mangler. The discharge consists of a fluid from the cervix and cells from the vaginal lining. We can be really happy that we have it: It contains many lactic acid bacteria, which create an acidic environment and thus prevent pathogens that have penetrated the vagina from multiplying. And it protects the uterus from germs and inflammation.
Shortly before ovulation, i.e. in the middle of the cycle (the approx. 28-day cycle begins on the first day of your period), the otherwise viscous mucus becomes thinner and more transparent. It should help that the man’s sperm can be transported more easily. If you want to get pregnant (or not), you should do the thread test now and, um, take some mucus between your thumb and forefinger.
If it pulls strings and is very fluid, we are fertile at the moment, ovulation takes place and the egg waits in the uterus for sperm. This is only the case about 2 days a month. However, sperm can stay in the vagina for up to five days. After ovulation, the discharge slowly solidifies again, becoming thicker and whiter.
How much discharge comes out of the vagina varies from woman to woman. However, if it changes a lot, it may indicate a disorder if, for example, it becomes watery or frothy, crumbly, purulent or bloody as well as brownish or greenish. Then there may be bacterial inflammation or a fungal infection. Often other symptoms accompany an abnormal discharge: Itching, swelling, redness, pain when urinating, or an unpleasant odor. Then it is definitely advisable to consult a doctor.
A healthy vaginal flora consists of a large proportion of lactic acid bacteria. They prevent the vaginal environment from being attacked. If you want to be on the safe side, you can take a lactic acid treatment every now and then. Available as gel, suppository or vaginal tablets in pharmacies.
Ps: I don’t know what Dr. Mangler is doing now. But I’m going to the lake now. I really deserve it.
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