Last updated on July 26th, 2018 at 06:09 pm
Question: why do I have so much discharge everyday all of a sudden? Am I pregnant?
If you’ve not noticed the regular changes that occur from time to time during your menstrual cycle, a heavy vaginal discharge may cause you to think something is wrong.
Like most women, if your vaginal discharge is whitish in color and you do not experience any symptoms of irritation or burning, then there is no reason you should worry.
The truth is a whitish discharge that becomes excessive all of a sudden does not indicate something is wrong with you.
In fact, your body hormones, especially estrogen, will work to make glands in your cervix and vagina to secrete a lot of white colored discharge during your menstrual cycle.
Another reason some women will notice a lot of vaginal discharge for days is pregnancy. If you’ve had intercourse and you are expecting a baby, so much vaginal discharge before your next period is a sign that you are pregnant.
However, if you’ve not had intercourse at all, or consistently used a contraceptive method, it’s still not abnormal to feel an increased discharge during your menstrual cycle.
During your menstrual cycle, and about a week after the end of menstruation, your body is preparing for ovulation, and it’s normal that you will feel wet during this time.
This article explains why you suddenly have so much discharge every day, reasons for a lot of discharge before period, when you should worry and when an excessive discharge is due to a medical problem.
Can discharge be excessive and still be normal?
Every woman has hormones that help regulate their menstrual cycle as well as menstrual periods. These hormones will sometimes rise and fall at the beginning or end of your menstrual cycle. These changes in your hormone levels are responsible for the change in your discharge.
A woman’s vaginal discharge is made up of different kind of cells, with their cervix producing clear watery fluid that moves through your vagina, picking up dead cells and eventually making your vagina clean.
Therefore, vaginal discharge is a good thing and a way your vagina is kept clean, healthy and safe from infections.
It is normal for your discharge to be much more than normal and you don’t have to see a doctor right away.
Why do I have so much discharge everyday all of a sudden?
If you’ve suddenly noticed a heavy discharge or your discharge is much more for days or weeks, here are the common reasons
1. During pregnancy
After sexual intercourse, there is a possibility that you will get pregnant. If you do, and you notice an excessive vaginal discharge, it’s not something you should worry about.
If you are expecting a baby, having a lot of discharge before your period is an easy way to know you are pregnant.
Most women will have a creamy sticky mucus from the vagina within a week or days before their menstruation starts; And this occurs because of your body hormones, especially progesterone.
One or two days before your period will begin, your vagina dries-out, and if you suddenly get a lot more discharge that is clear, watery and excessive, that’s a sign you may be pregnant.
If you already tested and confirmed you’re pregnant, you don’t have to worry about your “increased vaginal discharge”. This is a natural way your body protects you from urinary tract infections (UTI), vaginal infections (chlamydia, gonorrhea), and also, protects your baby from infections too.
During pregnancy, an excessive discharge is expected, and due to pregnancy hormones (progesterone and estrogen).
What steps to take?
Generally, a lot of girls will suddenly experience a lot more discharge than normal, and they are yet to confirm if they are pregnant or not.
First of all, you should observe if you feel pregnancy symptoms. If your breast hurts now and is slightly bigger than normal, it could be pregnancy. Other symptoms are fatigue, weakness, mood changes, increasing or decreasing appetite, vomiting, and nausea.
These symptoms show you are pregnant; So, take a pregnancy test. This guide explains the best time to test for pregnancy.
2. During Ovulation
Apart from pregnancy, there are other times during your menstrual cycle you will have so much vaginal discharge for days. Ovulation causes women to have heavy discharge that is watery, or jelly-like.
Ovulation is the release of an egg from one of your ovaries and its normal during your menstrual cycle.
During ovulation, that will occur about 2 weeks from your period, an excessive watery discharge is not uncommon.
Other symptoms that you may experience are an increased sense of smell and taste, mild abdominal cramps just around when you notice increased watery discharge, brown discharge, urge for sexual intercourse and feeling like your abdomen is bloated and swollen.
What to do?
So much of vaginal discharge during ovulation is normal and in a few days, you can expect to see your discharge looking thick again.
3. Sexual intercourse
If you’ve seen much vaginal discharge suddenly after sex, there is no reason to panic too.
Your body helps to protect your vagina from tear and bleeding by increasing discharge to reduce friction. This is normal and does not mean you have a problem.
4. You are stressed
When you get stressed for days and weeks, it could affect the normal balance of your hormones.
If your hormones become unstable, you can have excessive discharge from your vagina. It’s important to take some time off physical or emotional stress.
Can so much discharge mean I have an infection?
While a lot of girls will have excessive discharge if they are pregnant, ovulating or during sexual intercourse, it could also be a sign of vaginal infection.
These are some question you should ask yourself to determine if your vaginal discharge is normal or not.
- Is your vaginal discharge thick clumpy like? (A thick and clumpy discharge is due to yeast infection)
- Any vaginal itching that is getting worse? (vaginal itching is a sign something is wrong; get tested for STDs)
- Is the color of your vaginal discharge greenish, yellowish or black? (yellow and green color is likely because of an infection)
Still feel something is wrong with your discharge? Let us know!!!