Why do I have watery discharge?
The type and consistency of vaginal discharge too are mainly dependent on the hormonal balance of your body.
It is true - vaginal discharge is a keyhole into a woman’s health. It is a normal bodily function that all menstruating women experience. However, the dramatic alterations in vaginal discharge can indicate much more about your body.
Vaginal discharge occurs when the cervix expels unwanted tissues and fluids from your body. It essentially keeps your urinary tract and vagina protected from any risk of infections.
White, clear, and watery discharge is normal and healthy for your body. Think of it as the first line of defence against an unhealthy vaginal condition. The translucent fluid is thick and sticky, and the consistency can change throughout your menstrual cycle. The white watery discharge has no smell and is clear white with no tinge of colour - a lot like tap water.
So, the question is: why do you experience this type of white watery vaginal discharge? Let’s find out.
As the level of oestrogen in the body fluctuates, you experience a watery, mucous discharge.
Factors Triggering Watery Discharge
Phases like puberty, pregnancy, menstruation, and menopause have a significant effect on the way your body produces discharge. The type and consistency of vaginal discharge too are mainly dependent on the hormonal balance of your body.
Some of the bodily functions that trigger watery vaginal discharge include:
Menstrual cycleYou will notice that your discharge is watery and clear when you are on your periods. This type of discharge is a common sight, especially before and after your period.
OvulationAs you approach ovulation, the levels of oestrogen in your body fluctuates and this, in turn, leads to a watery and mucous discharge. It is likely to be stretchy and clear, a lot like egg white. The clear discharge is a lot thicker.
Sexual arousalIt is also very common to experience watery discharge during sexual intercourse. Blood flushes into the vagina when sexually aroused, and this triggers the release of lubricating fluids in the form of vaginal discharge. You may also notice an increase in white watery discharge post sexual intercourse.
PregnancyPregnant women are likely to experience excessive watery discharge. As mentioned, it is usually normal but can be a sign of an infection too. Discharge, coupled with pain or itchiness, can be a cause for concern. Seek immediate medical help if the discharge has a foul odour and thick consistency.
White Watery Discharge – A Sign of Early Pregnancy?
White watery discharge can be a sign of early pregnancy. The flow is much greater, and the consistency is thicker. It happens due to the fluctuation of hormones in your body.
You will experience a heavy watery discharge a few weeks into conception. However, this is not a sure-fire way of knowing that you are pregnant. Take a pregnancy test and get evaluated by your gynaecologist.
When Should I See a Doctor?
There is often no reason to fret about watery discharge. However, in some instances, you may find something unusual like these:
- Incessant discharge of vaginal fluids
- The discharge has a foul odour. You notice watery smelly discharge
- The colour and texture is yellowish or darker
- There is vaginal pain during sexual intercourse and menstruation
- Discomfort when urinating
- Itchiness around the vagina
- Pelvic pain
- Pain in the thighs and abdomen
Always look out for the texture, smell, and colour of the watery discharge. If you do detect any abnormality, you must visit your doctor to stir away from the possibility of an underlying condition.
Managing Watery Discharge
You will likely experience watery discharge through all the years of your menstrual cycle. There is no way to prevent this condition; however, there are effective ways of dealing with it.
The excessive moisture in your underwear can be uncomfortable, and if not cleaned, unhealthy too. The moisture can also lead to a buildup of fungi and bacteria.
ALWAYS pantyliners and pads are a safe and effective way to manage water-like vaginal discharge. Well-designed and comfortable, they immediately absorb the moisture and provide ease of movement.
In addition to hygiene products, you should also maintain vaginal hygiene by regularly washing the area and wiping it with a clean paper towel. Experts do not recommend douching as it washes away the ‘good bacteria’ that are needed to fight infections. Just some water and soap will suffice.
There is no reason to be bogged down by this vaginal discharge, a harmless bodily function. Effective management while staying comfortable will help you get through ‘those days’. Check out ALWAYS products like sanitary pads, panty liners and tampons or read up more about menstrual health on our blog.