The reproductive health is a topic that every woman, both young and old is supposed to be well versed with. This is mostly true for the young ladies in their teenage years and early twenties. As much as it is a sensitive topic that most people shy away from, it needs to be widely publicized for ladies to know the current state of their health and prevent any complications that intend to rear their ugly heads. This article is all about creating awareness on mucus discharge from the vagina and everything you need to know about it.
What is the mucus discharge?
This is a clear or milky white substance that is visible when a woman is on her ovulation cycle. The color and thickness can vary depending on what stage of ovulation she is in. During the first week after the menstrual period, it is very healthy and normal to see a brown discharge. Why is that? This is because what is left after your menses is being cleared through your vagina. Girls as young as eighteen or younger shy away from talking about mucus discharge because they feel so embarrassed about it and don’t know what to make of it when they see it. After thorough exercise, expect a thick, heavy discharge which must be white in color. If it appears green or yellow, seek medical advice as this shows you have an infection that needs to be treated right away.
Is the mucus discharge ever absent?
The only time the mucus discharge will not be present is when you are on your periods which should ideally last about five days or less. Afterward, there is a release that appears brown in color and is visible for a couple of days. The discharge then assumes its normal color which is either white or clear and runny throughout the ovulation period, and you should consider wearing panty liners to avoid staining your panties. One thing you should always put in mind is that the vagina is never dry. In the case of dryness that has lasted longer than it should have, book an appointment with your health care provider without fail.
What does it mean when the mucus discharge is accompanied by itchiness?
Soreness or itchiness during ovulation depends on a number of factors, namely;
- Sexual partners.
- Type of birth control measures taken, e.g., pills.
- Health complications such as diabetes.
These are just to mention, but a few and the good news is that there are some preventive measures that you can adhere to such as always put on clean panties. Wash them and ensure they are hanged out to dry.
- Take your personal hygiene very seriously.
- Take a bath after having sex.
What your discharge could mean aside from ovulation
Many books, physicians, and doctors talking about mucus discharge have drawn the conclusion that it could be as a result of factors including your monthly period on the way.
- You could be pregnant.
This is the time when you should expect it to be twice heavier than the normal discharge.
- You are stressed out.
- A discharge could mean that you have an infection.
As the adage goes, “knowledge is power.” This informative article empowers you to make sound decisions about your reproductive health and take care of yourself properly.