Experiencing White Vaginal Discharge? Here’s What It Could Mean

There are two types of vaginal discharge; what a woman experiences during the menstrual cycle and the other is white discharge. Read ahead.

Navya Kharbanda
Written by: Navya KharbandaPublished at: Aug 13, 2022Updated at: Aug 13, 2022
 Experiencing White Vaginal Discharge? Here’s What It Could Mean

Having vaginal discharge is a sign that your vagina is healthy. There can be two types of vaginal discharge; the one a woman experiences during the menstrual cycle and the other is  white discharge. Both of them are an indication that everything in the body is working and functioning well.

Vaginal discharge aids vaginal tissues in remaining moist and lubricated. It’s influenced by the reproductive hormones, which is why it changes throughout the menstrual cycle and even during pregnancy. Vagainal discharge also helps in maintaining the pH balance of the vagina keeping bacteria, germs, and dirt out of the vaginal cavity.

What causes white vaginal discharge?

Thick and white discharge is known as  leukorrhea and can occur throughout a woman's menstrual cycle. The discharge starts to thin out in the days that lead up to the stage of ovulation or when an egg is released. During ovulation, the mucus may become thick. It is believed that as long as the discharge does not  have a bad odour, all is good. However, a change in the typical appearance of your discharge in terms of colour or odour may be a sign of an infection. Visit a doctor if it gets unusual or funky.

In case of a vaginal yeast  infection, a woman may experience:

  • Thick discharge with dense consistency
  • Itching on the vulva and/or vagina
  • A burning sensation during urination
  • Painful intercourse
  • Swollen or redness around the vulva

There may be several underlying issues leading to frequent vaginal infections, which includes the possibility of recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis or RVVC, a common condition in people who have  immune system issues or diabetes patients. The amount and intensity of the discharge may increase on the basis of ovulation, sexual arousal, pregnancy and/or birth control pills. The colour, smell and texture can predominantly be affected by the changes in the vagina's bacterial balance. Other causes of vaginal discharge can be:

  • Ovulation
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Arousal
  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Vaginitis
  • Yeast infection

How to prevent vaginal infections?

Even if a woman is careful, vaginal infections can still occur. Therefore, it is advisable  to adopt a set of cleanliness and hygiene rules to reduce the chance of contracting the infection. Follow these tips for a healthier and fuss-free vagina.

1. Bathe regularly using mild soap and water.

2. Wash and dry your hands before touching the vaginal area.

3. Use plain, unscented white toilet paper.

4. Always wipe from front to back after urinating

5. After intercourse, pee in order to prevent a urinary tract infection (UTI)