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Watery Vaginal Discharge: 5 Typical Gynecological Conditions & Physiological Norm

Wet vaginal discharge

Watery vaginal discharge under different circumstances can be both a variant of norm and pathology. Today not every woman is aware of how her vaginal discharge is altering through menstrual cycle and which factors may cause vaginal secretions to change in its character. Getting acquainted with this important information along with looking into common pathological causes of watery discharge will help to prevent groundless worries or, on the contrary, get an assumption of what may be currently wrong with your reproductive health.

Watery Vaginal Discharge as a Physiological Norm

- Normal vaginal secretions change in their character through menstrual cycle, and these changes are conditioned by its 3 phases – follicular, ovulation and luteal ones. During the first phase of menstrual cycle mucus in the cervical channel is thick which prevents access of spermatozoids and pathological microorganisms into the uterine cavity. Right before ovulation cervical mucus rarefies, due to fluctuations in the level of hormones, that’s why vaginal discharge becomes abundant and more watery, actually looking like liquid mucus or egg’s white when it’s raw.

- Another example when watery discharge is needed for a woman is the moment of sexual arousal. Vaginal glands actively produce natural lubricant, so a big amount of watery transparent discharge during sexual intercourse is not only normal but also a beneficial phenomenon.

Closer to menstruation vaginal discharge is getting thicker. It can be also sticky and lumpy. If fertilization has occurred through the first trimester the organism of a pregnant woman is staying under the influence of progesterone that suppresses uterine contraction and makes vaginal discharge thick and viscous.

Is Watery Discharge in Pregnancy Normal?

Yes, after the 12th week vaginal discharge in pregnant women is coordinated by estrogen, the hormone rarefying vaginal discharge. So, starting from the 2nd trimester the majority of pregnant women report presence of watery discharge. It’s transparent or slightly whitish, odorless or at least without unpleasant scent, causes no discomfort apart from wetness in the perineum area. Such discharge during pregnancy is absolutely normal and shouldn’t cause you any worries or require any specific measures except for following hygienic norms and using unscented sanitary napkins.

Watery Vaginal Discharge: Common Causes

In combination with other symptoms watery discharge can be characteristic for:

  1. Bacterial vaginosis: white or gray watery discharge has unpleasant odor. Later it becomes more thick and viscous, sometimes sticky or foamy and changes its color to yellowish or greenish. Itching and impaired urination are among frequent symptoms.
  2. Genital herpes: scanty watery discharge is sometimes the only sign of this condition. However, as the infection progresses the skin of vulva and the perineum area are getting covered with painful watery blisters. When the infection develops internally, a woman may experience pain in the lower back, sacrum and abdomen.
  3. Colpitis: liquid mucus discharge irritates vulva, causing its reddening, itching and burning. The disease is very frequent in women of reproductive age. The provoking factors are numerous: insufficient intimate hygiene, poor immunity, usage of tampons and scented napkins, etc.
  4. Adnexitis: inflammation of the adnexa, associated with occurrence of watery discharge, varied and color and consistency. If the disease is caused by chlamydia or gonococcus, female whites acquire greenish hue due to the development of suppuration process, while presence of ureaplasma contributes to production of light yellowish mucus.
  5. Endometritis: brown watery discharge with unpleasant odor, occurring in the middle of the cycle or before and after menstruation, accompanied by low abdominal pain. Often this condition doesn’t cause a woman much discomfort but during pregnancy it can provoke miscarriage.

Watery vaginal discharge, odorless, transparent, moderate in amount, causing no additional discomfort shouldn’t alarm a woman. The first sign of infection is the change of color and odor of discharge. That’s why if your vaginal secretions are getting suspicious in color and acquire an unpleasant scent, contact your gynecologist as soon as possible to diagnose your condition and get timely treatment.