When you are about to start your period, sometimes there is a lot of white discharge that builds up very unpleasantly. The white discharge before your period is actually a form of mucus that is naturally produced from the neck of the womb—scientifically called the cervix. The amount of white discharge will vary throughout your menstrual cycle and most pregnant women will get something that is known as a "pregnancy discharge".

A healthy white discharge does not have a strong smell or color. There is the uncomfortable wetness, but you should not have any itching or soreness around your vagina. If you are experiencing those symptoms, then seek medical help from your doctor.

Do I Have Normal or Abnormal Discharge?


Normal white discharge before period

The white discharge before your period is actually completely normal and natural. The white discharge before your period is mainly from the uterus and cervix, but is not a beginning of an infection. The white discharge that you are experiencing is only caused from congestion of your pelvis, which is why the white discharge is really just mucus. A couple of days before your period, the process that leads to menstruation may cause an initial leak of clear fluid; this is not an infection, either. An excessive white or clear discharge in the middle of your period is quite common.


Abnormal white discharge before period

Typically, the vaginal discharge is normal, but there are some cases where the discharge can indicate an infection. If your discharge is not clear or white and it is really yellow or green, then you may have one of the following infections, or abnormal discharge:

  • Yeast Infection: A common infection that most women get after sex, and sometimes randomly, is a yeast infection. This is when the white discharge appears more like cottage cheese. There are over the counter medications that work just fine on this infection and usually it is gone in a week or less with proper treatment.

  • Trichomoniasis: If the discharge has a smell like rotten eggs and is kind of frothy, then you more than likely have some kind of sexually transmitted disease and need to get it taken care of immediately.

  • Chlamydia or Gonorrhea: If you are not pregnant and are experiencing an increase of discharge during the middle of your period, then you need to get tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea. These STDs also cause a burning sensation when you urinate that is similar to a urinary tract infection.

  • Vaginosis: If the vaginal discharge is yellow or green, then this is a sign of vaginosis.


When should I be worried?

Certain types of normal discharge can easily be confused with an abnormal secretion, but even if you think that you are experiencing some sort of bad infection, it may just be pathological. Premenstrual discharge could be an infection if you are experiencing itching, burning, an intense smell, or severe pain that is similar, but not exactly like cramps.

If you are experiencing bloody discharge during a time that is not your period then you may have something else seriously wrong, if you are experiencing any type of abnormal discharge, make an appointment to see your medical doctor or gynecologist.

Other Types of Discharge You May Experience in Menstrual Cycle


There are many types of discharge that can be released from your vagina before, during, and after your period. The discharge is due to the amount of hormones that are running throughout your body during the ovulation process. Here are the different types of discharges you may experience.

  • Clear and Stretchy: The clear and stretchy discharge is your body telling you that you are fertile and beginning to go into the ovulation mode.

  • Clear and Watery: This is a very common discharge that can occur most often after you finish exercising.

  • Yellow or Green: If your discharge is yellow or green and also comes with an odor , then seek medical help. This may mean that you have an infection.

  • Brown: Brown discharge happens right after your period and is your body's way of cleaning itself out after your period.

  • Spotting Blood/Brown Discharge: This may occur during the middle of your period cycle, or in the early stages of pregnancy.

Make sure that you know the differences between these different discharges. The only types of discharge before, during, and after your period are light brown spotting and the white discharge. If you are experiencing anything else down there, visit your doctor as soon as possible to stop the infection.

Discharge & Pregnancy


How the discharge helps the implantation

During the first part of your period, the level of the estrogen hormone increases and it peaks around the time of ovulation. Estrogen causes the increase in your body's blood supply to the endometrial wall and cervix as it prepares the endometrial glands in preparing for their role in supporting the embryo. As a result of this the secretions from the cervix increases quite a bit which looks like a white discharge before your period. The increase in white discharge is from the cervix changing the pH levels of the vagina and enables a sperm to swim faster towards their destination to fertilize the egg during intercourse. During this time, a woman’s sexual arousal happens more easily and the white discharge before your period acts as a natural lubrication. As long as the white discharge before your period does not come with a heavy odor or itching, then it is not an infection and the white discharge is just a typical part of the baby making process.


What discharge to expect during pregnancy

You will still experience the same white discharge that you have before your period once you become pregnant. However, there will be a lot more discharge during pregnancy than before your period. Some women even have to wear panty liners in order to keep the discharge from seeping through their clothing. Sometime right before your delivery date, you will notice another increase in the amount of vaginal discharge that is also more thick than normal. This occurs because the mucus plug, which fills the tiny opening to the cervix, is discharging in order to prepare your body for labor. If you all of a sudden experience a huge amount of fluid, then this means that your water broke and you will be holding your precious baby very soon--so get to the hospital right away! If you are not at thirty-seven weeks and are experiencing discoloration in your discharge, call your doctor immediately, especially if it is tinged with blood. This could be a sign of premature labor.


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  • AmyJan.4 18:37
    During the last day of my period last month I had unprotected sex, however my boyfriend pulled out. I do not want to fall pregnant at this time so I took the morning after pill around 48hrs later. 4 days after taking this pill I bled for 2-3 days. Now it's a day or 2 from the date my period is due (29-30 day cycle) and I have a white discharge and the consistency is quite thick and tacky. There isn't alot of this but enough to feel. Would this be pregnancy or as I have taken the morning after pill should i not be pregnant? Thank you:)
  • abcDec.24 18:31
    If a girl have milky dscharge even after 5 days of the due date of her mensis is it s0me pb? And 5 daz hav pasd snice the due date bt mensis havnt startd
  • Greeshma midhunDec.2 13:05
    Hi, I usually have 24_28 days period cycle.. I've had my last period on 9 November.. usually I would most likely get my period a few days before the last date. But last night I had a little spotting in my underwear.. I thought I had my period early.. but after that it was just nothing there until today morning again.. the thing that worries me is that the discharge is in brown colour and not as heavy as it used to be on the first two days of my period! But it's in brown colour and I have had period cramps in the morning.. how do I see this.. as..is this normal.. please help
  • FerlaNov.9 04:48
    Hello i have white means on going ..its more than 1 week now ..my due date of my menstruation this month is nov.5 but its now nov.9 ..
  • trudyNov.3 19:39
    I hav dis whitish discharge bt it gets stuck in de vagina .I had sex wit ma nd nd I haven't had ma period for a month . Am I pregnant
  • AngOct.22 20:12
    Hi. I've been having this thick white discharge for almost a week now and I was supposed to get my period around this time. My bf and I have sex without a condom and I am on the birth control implant, nexplanon.
  • Makayla Oct.17 02:16
    Hi so I'm 14 I've never had sex and I haven't started my period yet I have a white sometimes clear discharge I don't know what it is it does sometimes happen after pe or running but it has a sort of smell I can't explain please help me I don't u derstand what's happening ??!!
  • ShefOct.5 12:22
    Hai.nw i am planning for one baby.i had sex in between 11 and 21 st day of my cycle.not regularly,but often we used to do that.last month 7 th was my last period.32 days is my cycle usually.nw i dont have any symptoms of my periods.but white discharge is coming as usual before all my periods.can u please help me
  • KatOct.4 22:23
    I had some white things on my pants and did not know what to do because l didnt know what was discharge that was in term 2 and l haven't started my period help me plz my no is 0608690447
  • LolaOct.4 08:09
    But it has a really little smell that doesn't bother me at all
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