Changes are aplenty once you’re pregnant. One such change is the change in your vaginal discharge. Even if the pregnancy test kit isn’t able to give you a result yet, you might have noticed the changes in your vaginal discharge and be left wondering if something’s going on. Does a change necessarily mean an early sign of pregnancy? What kind of changes can you expect? Does the amount of vaginal discharge increase? What about the color and texture of the vaginal discharge?
Let’s take a long and hard look; at the end of this, you might never look at your discharge the same way again.
To begin with, what is vaginal discharge?
Vaginal discharge refers to the combination of sticky mucus and the cells from the inner walls of the vagina. At different phases of the menstrual cycle, the amount and the texture of the discharge changes. You might want to start paying more attention to your vaginal discharge – is it watery, sticky, heavy in terms of its flow? If you take a good look, you’ll notice that your discharge changes from time to time and that the amount and texture of your discharge are never always the same.
Your vaginal discharge is the little magic that will help make all your dreams of becoming pregnant come true. You can call it a jack of all trades – it plays a role in fertilization, is the vaginal’s protector from germs, and is the cleaning lady that keeps the insides of the vagina clean.
In order to be of help in the process of fertilization, the amount of vaginal discharge produced increases and the discharge becomes gummier and clear like water. After ovulation, however, the amount of vaginal discharge decreases. To help protect the insides of the vagina, it also becomes thick and sticky.
Does my vaginal discharge change if I’m pregnant?
The aforementioned changes (in the previous paragraph) take place as a result of two female hormones – estrogen which is secreted by the follicles, and progesterone which is secreted by the corpus luteum.
Estrogen is secreted in increased amounts before ovulation takes place, but will be secreted in smaller amounts after ovulation occurs. Progesterone, on the other hand, is secreted in increased amounts after ovulation occurs, but is secreted in small amounts before your menstrual period takes place. The changes in estrogen and progesterone levels give rise to changes in the vaginal discharge a few days before ovulation.
Both progesterone and estrogen are hormones that are generally secreted in small amounts before a menstrual period comes, but if you become pregnant, both hormones are secreted in increased amounts, and the texture of your vaginal discharge will be different from its usual texture.
When ovulation takes place, most women generally see less vaginal discharge, but will see a heavier flow when pregnancy is established. This is because once the fertilized egg makes its home in the endometrium, estrogen is continually secreted.
2 weeks after your ovulation date, implantation will happen, and at this point in time, thick and pasty vaginal discharge will increase in amount. If you see this after 2 weeks of having a constantly high temperature and other early signs and symptoms of pregnancy, you might be looking at yet another early sign of pregnancy. If you aren’t sure, you might want to save the guesswork for another day and wait for the pregnancy test kit to give you the answer.
However, changes in vaginal discharge also differ according to the individual. Even if your vaginal discharge doesn’t increase before the next menstrual period, you might be pregnant.
Early pregnancy discharge: Changes in color
In the early stages of pregnancy, it isn’t just the amount and the texture of your vaginal discharge that changes – its color changes too. If you notice that your usually transparent vaginal discharge becomes a little cloudy, whitish or cream-colored, this could be an early sign of pregnancy. Brownish discharge and slight spotting (light bleeding) are also possible signs of pregnancy.
However, pregnancy cannot be confirmed based on the color of the vaginal discharge alone. Instead of thinking it must be a certain color, seeing changes in the color of your vaginal discharge might be a more accurate way to determine if you’re seeing an early sign of pregnancy.
How to tell early pregnancy discharge apart from others
Changes in vaginal discharge might have you wondering, “Am I pregnant?” It is, however, still a little too early to jump to conclusions. Vaginal discharge can change because of infections as well. Run through the following list and see check the points to see if you’re infected or are at risk of becoming infected. If any of the points describe your current condition to a T, go to your practitioner’s right away.
- Discharge is a bright yellow, green or ash in color
- Discharge gives off a foul or strange smell
Discharge is white and comes out in chunks – This indicates that one could possibly be down with vaginal yeast infection
Discharge is frothy – This indicates that one could possibly be down with trichomoniasis (sexually transmitted disease)
Getting acquainted with your own vaginal discharge
To be able to tell the differences in your vaginal discharge, you have to know what your usual vaginal discharge is like. If you’re looking hard at your vaginal discharge these days, you might start noticing the changes that appear in different phases of the menstrual cycle. It’ll help if you deliberately take note of the changes and find out what your vaginal discharge could be telling you. As the changes and differences in vaginal discharge are ultimately never the same for everyone, some women see no changes in theirs.
Even if that is so, don’t be worried or upset – there’s nothing wrong with you! You might want to try using the other early signs of pregnancy to tell if you’re pregnant or not. However, as this is a way in which your own body communicates with you, there’s no harm in getting acquainted with your own vaginal discharge!