What is Vaginal Discharge?

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Do you know the role of discharge? Do you know what discharge is?

Discharge is very important to a woman’s body and we can see our body condition by discharge as well. However, what if you have pinkish discharge? Does it mean that you have disease?

In this article, we will explain the details of discharge and talk about pinkish discharge later.

What is discharge?

You may not like having discharge because it smells sometimes and your underwear gets spot etc. It’s kind of annoying, however, it’s an important thing that can be said to be a barometer that measures the physical condition of women.

The relationship between the vaginal discharge and women’s body

The word “discharge” is derived from the meaning of “things coming from female genitals” and is always secreted in all female bodies. Spots where vaginal discharge is produced include the endometrium and cervix, the sebaceous glands and sweat glands in the vaginal wall and vagina. The condition varies greatly depending on the environment of the woman’s body, such as before and after menstruation, very early pregnancy, early pregnancy, and late pregnancy.

Vaginal Discharge has two main roles, the first being self-cleansing in the genitals. The genitals are always kept clean because the vaginal discharge helps the body to remove unnecessary things. Another role is to create an environment that is easy for fertilization of sperm, and a large amount of vaginal discharge is secreted during the ovulation period, making it easier for sperm to be in the vagina.

What is a normal vaginal discharge?

Here are some details that you need to know concerning a normal vaginal discharge. Keep on reading below!

Normal vaginal discharge after menstruation

Discharge right after menstruation turns brownish as they are mixed with menstrual blood remaining in the uterus and discharged. The state is not sticky and the amount of the discharge is small. When you look at the brownish vaginal discharge after menstruation, you tend to feel, “Do I still have menstruation?” However, the period of menstruation is actually only about for 4 days. Therefore, what is excreted after menstruation is waste remaining in the uterus.

Normal vaginal discharge before ovulation

As mentioned earlier, the ovulation period is the time when the largest amount of vaginal discharge in a woman’s menstrual cycle is secreted to help fertilization. The normal vaginal discharge during the ovulation period is odorless, transparent and thick. If you don’t want to make your underwear dirty, you may want to use a sanitary pad or pantyliner for discharge. And if you use it, change it frequently to keep it clean.

 I usually experienced some pain during ovulation. Why is that?

During the ovulation period, there are cases that some women like you who have ovulation pain with vaginal discharge. Ovulation pain varies greatly from individual to individual, and some people don’t feel any ovulation pain at all, while others suffer from intense pain. Sometimes it’s called mittelschmerz, it feels like a sharp, or like a dull cramp, and happens on the side of the abdomen where the ovary is releasing an egg. It usually happens 10-16 days before the start of your period. Don’t worry because it is not dangerous, and is usually mild.

Normal vaginal discharge after ovulation

The amount of vaginal discharge after ovulation is reduced compared to before ovulation, and it becomes a white color and a thick, sticky state. Even if the amount is reduced, some people don’t like when their underwear get dirty. If so, you can use a sanitary pad or pantyliner for discharge as well.

Normal vaginal discharge right before menstruation

Before menstruation, the amount of vaginal discharge starts to increase again. The state of the vaginal discharge is that it becomes white and sticky as the period approaches, and the smell gradually increases. Before menstruation, many people are worried that the smell of the vaginal discharge is unusual. Also, before menstruation, some people can see pinkish vaginal discharge mixed with blood.

Normal vaginal discharge in the very early pregnancy and early pregnancy

When the fertilized egg is implanted and you get pregnant, the amount of discharge may increase which is considered as one of the very early and early pregnancy symptoms. This is due to the effect of pregnancy on the continued secretion of progesterone and estrogen. Discharge in the very early and early pregnancy are not sticky and will be in a dry state. However, there are individual differences, and some people have creamy white vaginal discharge.

In addition, the amount of vaginal discharge increases from the second trimester to the third trimester. Especially in the late pregnancy, as the body starts preparing for childbirth, the secretion of vaginal discharge will increase further, so care must be taken against genital rash.


Vaginal Discharge changes depending on before or after period or pregnancy. Discharge always tells you about your body condition. Therefore, you need to be aware of it. In the next article, we will explain pinkish discharge. 

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