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Vaginal Discharge Before Period: Normal White Discharge and 7 Types of Pathological Discharge

Vaginal discharge before period is an absolutely normal phenomenon, performing an important protective function for the female reproductive system. It helps to eliminate dead cells and bacteria, thus preventing gynecological infections. The other thing is the color, odor, consistency, amount and presence or absence of any additional symptoms, accompanying your discharge. Here is a detailed guide on all the specific features, inherent to normal vaginal whites before period, as well as acceptable deviations in normal discharge, preceding menstruation, and obviously abnormal vaginal secretions, women report in the end of their menstrual cycle.

Vaginal Discharge Before Period in Healthy Women

- The term vaginal discharge is referred to biological secretions, expelled from the vagina. Before period hormones change the composition of vaginal microflora to the prevalence of gram negative bacteria. As a result, you are getting thick, somewhat sticky discharge of creamy consistency, white or slightly cloudy, sometimes with a yellowish hue. The amount of vaginal discharge may increase before period and in the moment of sexual arousal.

- Bloody vaginal discharge, preceding menstrual bleeding, is usually the norm, however, if bleeding starts 3-4 days before period, it may indicate a whole array of pathological processes in the uterus such as polyps, endometriosis, endometrial hyperplasia and others.

- Spotting and bleeding before period are also often reported by women, using hormonal contraception, such as an intrauterine spiral, a vaginal ring or oral contraceptives. Besides that, such symptoms are more typical for those, who apply mini dose contraceptives. Here we are dealing with a vague border between a normal situation and a condition, requiring correction. Normally, pre-menstrual spotting, conditioned by hormonal contraception, can repeat for 3 months, counting from the beginning of its usage. If in 3 months the symptom re-occurs, a gynecologist recommends to change the contraceptive product you are currently using. If it’s birth-control pills, those with a higher content of estrogen are suggested as a substitute.

- Normally vaginal discharge changes its texture, color and amount throughout the cycle. When it doesn’t change other than during menstruation, this may be a sign of infertility or a side effect from usage of hormonal contraception.

Characteristics of Abnormal Vaginal Discharge

When natural balance of bacteria inside your vagina is upset, you are getting abnormal discharge that can reveal itself any time during your menstrual cycle, also before period. The signs of abnormal vaginal discharge include:

  • Abundant and thick white discharge, as well as yellow, pinkish, brown and greenish secretions
  • Itching, burning, soreness around vagina
  • Pelvic pains
  • Unpleasant odor

One of the most frequent complaints at the gynecologist’s is abnormal vaginal discharge with blood that often occurs before period. It can be spotting, signaling about pathological processes in the uterus (endometriosis, endometrial hyperplasia, polyp, etc.) or abundant dysfunctional bleeding due to impaired ovarian function.

Typical Causes of Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding Before Period

  • Usage of hormonal contraception;
  • Use of emergency contraception;
  • Certain medications or supplements, containing estrogen
  • Hormonal imbalance, cased by stresses or medical conditions;
  • Endocrine disorders, such as insufficient amount of hormones, produced by thyroid.

Vaginal Discharge of Pathological Nature Before Period

  1. Bright red discharge. It can start before period, especially after any activities, causing a physical contact with cervix, like sexual intercourse, gynecological exam or douching. This symptomatic picture is typical for cervical erosion, vaginal micro cracks or cervicitis (cervical inflammation).
  2. White mucous discharge. It can also look like transparent secretions with white streaks by the end of the cycle before period. Mucous vaginal secretions are associated with cervix. In this case such discharge is also a symptom of cervical erosion or cervicitis.
  3. Brown discharge. This one is an alarming symptom, as the diseases it represents often lead towards the development of female infertility. Brown vaginal discharge is characteristic for hormonal disorders, polyps, endometriosis, endometrial hyperplasia, uterine myoma and others. All these conditions require timely treatment in order to prevent irreversible processes, triggering problems with conception and child bearing.
  4. Pinky discharge like diluted blood with unpleasant odor. It can occur before period or after it, being a typical symptom of such diseases as chronic endometritis and chronic endocervicitis.
  5. White clumpy curd-like discharge. Discharge, resembling cottage cheese, with the smell of sour milk or bread is a direct indicator of vulvovaginal candidiasis or thrush. Usually it intensifies before period and after sexual intercourse, provoking itching and burning of vulva.
  6. Foamy and purulent discharge. Trichomonas colpitis is a frequent culprit of this type of vaginal discharge. The secretions are watery and abundant with unpleasant smell. Accompanying symptoms include burning and itching around vagina, occasional low abdominal pains and sleep disorders. Painful urination is possible in case when urinary tract gets infected as well.
  7. Yellow or greenish discharge. It can be scanty or abundant and usually reveals sexually transmitted infections or chronic diseases, affecting the uterus and its appendages (cervical erosion, chronic adnexitis, chronic salpingitis, etc.). This discharge usually has unpleasant odor.

Vaginal discharge before period isn’t supposed to induce any discomfort or unpleasant sensations such as irritation in the vulvovaginal area. Any unpleasant odor available is a sign of bacterial propagation. Abnormal vaginal discharge should be reported to your doctor as soon as possible. Timely diagnostics and treatment of your condition will save you from unwanted worries and possible future problems with your reproductive health.

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