White Vaginal Discharge May Indicate A Medical Condition

As a woman you do experience some kind of vaginal discharge at various times during your menstrual cycle. The color and consistency of the discharge is an indicator of an underlying medical condition. Vaginal discharge is produced by certain vaginal glands and the cervix.

If you experience a white vaginal discharge, it is time to sit up and take note. Although common, the white gooey stuff oozing out is harmless in most cases.But in somecases,it may indicate a medical condition.

Let’s have a look at some of reasons for white discharge:

#1 Vaginal cleaning

In majority of cases, white discharge is a way the body keeps the vagina clean. The white discharge flushes away the bacteria and dead cells, thus keeping the vagina infection-free and healthy. A milky white discharge before periods is quite normal and is meant to cleanse the vagina before menstruation.

#2 Indicates ovulation

 In some cases, white discharge is indicative of ovulation, as it happens just before ovulation. This is manifested by a creamy white discharge that is akin to egg white. Copious discharge is observed on the day of ovulation and its consistency may thicken after ovulation.

#3 During pregnancy

The milky white vaginal discharge becomes more abundant in pregnant women. In certain cases, large amounts of this discharge, which is either odorless or mild-smelling, may even indicate pregnancy.

#4 Irregular periods

A white discharge turning blood-colored or brown indicates irregular periods, which in turn, may be caused by a host of factors, such as hormonal imbalance, lifestyle, birth control, etc. Irregular periods may also be one of the menopause symptoms. More seriously, such discharge may be a sign of cervical or endometrial cancer.

#5 Infections

There are a host of infections that a white discharge may indicate. Let us see what they are:

  • Yeast infection: Yeast infection is caused by fungus candida that usually inhabits the vagina. Problem starts when it starts growing uncontrollably. It manifests as a thick white discharge that looks like cottage cheese. The discharge is usually accompanied by itching, vulvar swelling and painful sex.
  • Bacterial vaginosis: A white, yellow or gray discharge with a fishy odor indicates bacterial vaginosis, usually caused bydouching and multiple sexual partners. In this case, the bacteria multiply uncontrollably in the vagina. Although mild, this infection may turn serious if left untreated.
  • Trichomoniasis: A foamy, foul-smelling discharge may indicate trichomoniasis, a sexually transmitted disease caused by one-celled protozoa called Trichomonasvaginalis. This infection is caused by genital contact during sex. The discharge is accompanied by vaginal irritation, painful urination and painful intercourse.


Although vaginal discharge is a common occurrence and perfectly normal, but a change in its color, odor and consistency may indicate a medical condition. In such an eventuality, consulting a gynecologist becomes necessary.