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Possible Causes of White Discharge After Period

White discharge after period may be the norm, but often it indicates such diseases as yeast colitis, bacterial vaginosis or vaginitis.

Cervical mucus changes greatly during the menstrual cycle. Right after menstruation it is scanty, clear and sometimes whitish. The amount of such discharge is not more than 2ml. a day. Normal cervical mucus is odorless and not accompanied by additional symptoms, e.g., by itching, burning or any other discomfort in the vulvar and vaginal areas. By the middle of the cycle the discharge becomes stringy, slimy and increases greatly, which makes conception more likely. Spermatozoa move to the uterus more quickly because of this discharge (secretions). If you see such mucus, it means that the most fertile days (favorable days for conceiving) have come.

A day before menstruation the amount of vaginal discharge decreases once again, cervical mucus becomes more dense, whitish in color and clear. Spotting during menstruation is red or brown, sometimes dark-brown.

Factors Which Influence Vaginal Discharge, Change Its Color and Amount

Normally the following factors can influence the appearance of vaginal discharge: pregnancy, age-related hormonal changes, different contraceptive methods, sexual intercourse.

In addition to this, changes in cervical mucus may be caused by various diseases, such as:

- colpitis (inflammatory disease), caused by sexually transmitted infections (STIs);

- colpitis, caused by an increase of conditionally pathogenic microflora (i.e. bacteria or vaginal fungi, which always exist in small amounts in the vagina and start to grow actively under favorable conditions);

- bacterial vaginosis (non-inflammatory syndrome or vaginal dysbacteriosis);

- oncological or precancerous uterine or cervical processes.

When White Discharge After Period Is Normal?

Remember, that it is normal to have white discharge after period, which is scant, clear, odorless and does not cause any discomfort, burning or itching sensations.

Discharge after sex is usually more prolific even if you used condoms and the sperm didn`t get to the vagina. During intercourse epithelium cells are shed from the vagina more actively and due to this process the amount of secretions, moisturizing the vulva, increases. In such a case one-two days after sex the discharge will be white, watery and usually odorless. If you didn`t use a condom, your cervical mucus could be more abundant, whitish and with the characteristic “smell of chestnuts”. Additionally to this, you mustn`t feel any discomfort in the vaginal area.

When a woman uses any type of local contraceptives (spermicides) a day before planned sex, the amount of white discharge increases. This is also the norm.

When White Discharge After Period Is Pathological?

Colpitis, Caused by STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections)

If the discharge after period is copious, frothy in texture, whitish or yellowish in color, and is accompanied by the abdominal pain, burning or itching sensations, you need to see a doctor immediately. These symptoms often signify an infection (especially if you had sex with a new partner recently).

Colpitis (Vaginal Inflammation, Caused by the Rapid Growth of Conditionally Pathogenic Bacteria)

If your white discharge after period is heavy, cottage cheese-like and thick, accompanied by severe itching, the reason for it can be the vaginal yeast infection (thrush). As a rule, this disease is easily treated by local medications or pills, but after that the vaginal pH normalization andflora re-establishing are needed. If such symptoms reoccur too often, you have to make additional tests for other infections. Very often candidiasis accompanies other infections, which weakenthe immune system and create favorable conditions for its progressing. Moreover, along with infections menstruation itself increases vaginal pH, lowers the immunity, and thus causes even more discomfort for a woman right after period. Sometimes the reason for yeast infection occurrence can be connected with the antibiotics intake, because antibiotic agents almost always suppress vaginal and intestinal protective lactoflora.

The growth of conditionally pathogenic (“bad”) flora increases discharge and changes its color from normal to greenish or yellowish. If you have this symptom, consult the gynecologist as soon as possible.

Bacterial Vaginosis

If your discharge is white or gray, with the grease-like consistency and accompanied by itching and “sour fish” odor, it may indicate bacterial vaginosis (vaginal dysbiosis). This disease can be caused by a decrease in the number of vaginal lactobacilli (the so-called “bacteria-defenders”) and, as a consequence, by a change of the weak-acid vaginal environment into the alkaline one.

This is a common thing for the postmenstrual phase, since the period blood flow also makes vaginal environment more alkaline and can even exacerbate the condition, caused by the lactobacilli deficiency, and the growth of conditionally pathogenic bacteria, such as gardnerela, mobiluncus, ureaplasma, etc. The disease is easily treated with a simple drug therapy. However, do not forget, that after treatment the normalization of pH and vaginal microflora restoration are needed.

Oncological and Underlying Uterine and Cervical Diseases

In the presence of background (occurred before cancer) and oncological diseases of the cervix and uterus, discharge can be abundant, thin (watery) and sometimes mixed with blood. In this case, you must consult your doctor immediately!

Can Bacterial Vaginosis andYeast Infections Be Prevented?

Yes, definitely. First, try to use special intimate washes with balanced pH (weak-acid). Then, keep track of your bowel: sometimes vaginal inflammations start to develop after problems with the gastrointestinal tract. Include more sour milk products (preferably not sweet) into your diet. Use lactobacilli tampons during menstruations (they are sold in pharmacies). To prevent the STIs use condoms.

If abundant white discharge after period reoccurs constantly, consult the gynecologist. Timely diagnosis and proper treatment will help to reduce the likelihood of recurrences in future.