Young African American Woman SmilingWhen you are about to start your period, sometimes there is a lot of white discharge that builds up very unpleasantly. The white discharge before your period is actually a form of mucus that is naturally produced from the neck of the womb—scientifically called the cervix. The amount of white discharge will vary throughout your menstrual cycle and most pregnant women will get something that is known as a “pregnancy discharge”.

A healthy white discharge does not have a strong smell or color. There is the uncomfortable wetness, but you should not have any itching or soreness around your vagina. If you are experiencing those symptoms, then seek medical help from your doctor.

NORMAL VS ABNORMAL WHITE DISCHARGE
1. Normal white discharge before period

The white discharge before your period is actually completely normal and natural. The white discharge before your period is mainly from the uterus and cervix, but is not a beginning of an infection. The white discharge that you are experiencing is only caused from congestion of your pelvis, which is why the white discharge is really just mucus. A couple of days before your period, the process that leads to menstruation may cause an initial leak of clear fluid; this is not an infection, either. An excessive white or clear discharge in the middle of your period is quite common.

2. Abnormal white discharge before period

Typically, the vaginal discharge is normal, but there are some cases where the discharge can indicate an infection. If your discharge is not clear or white and it is really yellow or green, then you may have one of the following infections, or abnormal discharge:

Yeast Infection: A common infection that most women get after sex, and sometimes randomly, is a yeast infection. This is when the white discharge appears more like cottage cheese. There are over the counter medications that work just fine on this infection and usually it is gone in a week or less with proper treatment.

Trichomoniasis: If the discharge has a smell like rotten eggs and is kind of frothy, then you more than likely have some kind of sexually transmitted disease and need to get it taken care of immediately.

Chlamydia or Gonorrhea: If you are not pregnant and are experiencing an increase of discharge during the middle of your period, then you need to get tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea. These STDs also cause a burning sensation when you urinate that is similar to a urinary tract infection.

Vaginosis: If the vaginal discharge is yellow or green, then this is a sign of vaginosis.

WHEN YOU SHOULD BE WORRIED
Certain types of normal discharge can easily be confused with an abnormal secretion, but even if you think that you are experiencing some sort of bad infection, it may just be pathological. Premenstrual discharge could be an infection if you are experiencing itching, burning, an intense smell, or severe pain that is similar, but not exactly like cramps.

If you are experiencing bloody discharge during a time that is not your period then you may have something else seriously wrong, if you are experiencing any type of abnormal discharge, make an appointment to see your medical doctor or gynecologist.