Vaginal discharge is absolutely normal during menstruation. Before ovulation, quite a lot of mucous is produced (about 30 times more than post ovulation). It is also commonly known as the cervical mucous and during this period, it is also quite watery and elastic, depending on the phase of ovulation cycle.
Lots of girls and women experience vaginal discharge, however, before and after their periods. There are several causes for this and in most cases, it’s nothing to worry about.
Before Your Period
Under normal circumstances, it is normal for ladies to produce a discharge, which is white in colour and is odourless and stringy just before menses. This white discharge is not accompanied by a burning sensation while urinating.
However, if you notice a yellow discharge that is thick and has a foul smell, you probably have an infection in the virginal canal. In most cases, the infection is either fugal or bacterial. This yellow discharge is commonly accompanied by a number of other symptoms, including soreness and a burning sensation while urinating. You may also experience an itching sensation around the groin area. This is a confirmatory sign that you have an infection.
After Your Period
Some women experience yellow vaginal discharge after period. The yellowish color is caused by the presence of blood in the discharge, which is due to the vagina cleansing itself, and implicitly flushing out blood remnants. The colour should return to white or become clear after a few days.
A delayed period may lead to brown discharge during and after menstruation. A common cause is the endometrial tissue being discharged from the body. Excess endometrial tissue that did not exit the body during your period can be expelled in the form of red or dark brown discharge after it. This is a normal cleansing process of the uterus and is not cause for concern.
To prevent unhealthy vaginal discharge, keep the genital area clean and dry, avoid douching, always use condoms during sex, and steer clear of feminine hygiene products, perfumed soaps, and scented tampons or pads. Good hygiene and practicing safe sex are the best ways to keep your vaginal discharge normal and healthy.