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Vaginal discharge before period: what it means for you

Vaginal discharge before your period is a common experience for many women, but it can raise questions about what's normal and what's not. This clear, white, or slightly yellow discharge is a healthy part of your menstrual cycle, and it provides important clues about your reproductive health.

At DAME, we believe in empowering women with knowledge about their bodies so they can make informed decisions about their health. In this article, we'll dive deep into the world of vaginal discharge before your period. We'll explore why discharge increases during this time, the different types of discharge you might encounter, and when it could be a sign of an underlying issue that needs attention. 

Our goal is to help you feel confident and informed about your vaginal health, every step of the way. So, let's get started!

Why is there increased discharge before your period?

As you approach your period, hormonal changes cause an increase in vaginal discharge. This is a normal part of your menstrual cycle, specifically during the luteal phase which occurs after ovulation and before menstruation. 

Luteal phase discharge serves an important purpose: it helps to create a protective barrier that prevents bacteria and other harmful substances from entering your uterus. This is especially important during the time leading up to your period when your cervix is more open and vulnerable to infection.

In addition to hormonal changes, the type of period products you use can also impact your vaginal discharge. Many conventional tampons contain harsh chemicals and synthetic materials that can disrupt your vagina's natural balance and lead to irritation or infection. That's why at DAME, we offer organic cotton tampons that are free from toxins and gentle on your delicate vaginal tissue. By choosing period products that work with your body's natural processes, you can help promote healthy vaginal discharge and overall reproductive health.

Types of normal discharge before your period

Now that we've explored why discharge increases before your period, let's take a closer look at the different types of normal discharge you might experience during this time. While the appearance and texture of discharge can vary from person to person, there are some common types that many of us observe in the days leading up to their period.

  1. White, creamy or sticky: This type of discharge is common during the luteal phase. It's usually thicker and less abundant than other types of discharge.
  2. Stretchy and clear: Often referred to as "egg white" discharge, this stretchy, clear mucus is a sign of ovulation. It helps sperm travel more easily through the cervix to fertilise an egg.

While these types of discharge are normal, it's important to pay attention to any changes in colour, consistency, or odour, as they could indicate an underlying issue.

When should you be concerned?

Abnormal discharge before your period may be a sign of infection or other gynaecological issues. Here are some colours to watch out for:

  1. Green or yellow: Discharge with a green or yellow tinge, especially if it has a thick, chunky texture or a bad odour, could be a sign of a sexually transmitted infection like trichomoniasis or gonorrhoea.
  2. Gray: Gray discharge with a strong, fishy odour may indicate bacterial vaginosis, an overgrowth of harmful bacteria in the vagina.
  3. Bright red or purple: While some light spotting before your period is normal, bright red or purple discharge could be a sign of cervical or endometrial polyps, ectopic pregnancy, or in rare cases, cervical cancer.

If you experience any of these abnormal types of discharge, consult with your GP for proper diagnosis and treatment.

What does discharge look like if you're pregnant?

If you're pregnant, you may notice a thin, white discharge called leukorrhea. This discharge is normal and helps protect the vagina from infection during pregnancy. However, if the discharge becomes thick, chunky, or has a bad odour, it could indicate a yeast or bacterial infection and should be evaluated by your doctor.

Discharge during menopause

As you approach menopause, hormonal changes can affect the amount and consistency of your vaginal discharge. You may experience dryness, itching, or a watery discharge. These changes are normal but can be uncomfortable. Using a pH-balanced, fragrance-free moisturiser with a natural lubricant can help alleviate discomfort.

In a nutshell

Vaginal discharge before your period is a normal part of your menstrual cycle and can provide valuable information about your reproductive health. By familiarising yourself with the different types of discharge and knowing when to seek medical attention, you can take control of your vaginal health. 

As you navigate your cycle, remember to always be kind to your vagina. Choosing organic, toxin-free period products like DAME's organic tampons is a simple way to prioritise your vaginal health while also being gentle on the planet.

So go ahead, get to know your discharge, and give your vagina the love and care it deserves!

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