Every woman will experience thick white discharge before period at least once in their life time.
This happens during before and after every menstrual cycle which lasts for 5 days. During the ovulatory phase of the menstruation cycle, this thick white discharge could be much, as it is one of the signs of ovulation coupled with other external factors such increase in body temperature.
Thick discharge before period may be impacted by several factors involved in the menstrual process such as hormones and the level of each reproductive hormones (estrogen and progesterone).
However, there is certain level of discharge before period that is normal. Some women do experience cervical mucus before period about 1-2 weeks before the next cycle.
There are several reasons why you may have thick discharge before period, in this instances the discharge may have a foul smell, and at times with a tinge of yellowish or greenish growths.
The following causes may be attributed to such:
- Bacterial vaginosis (BV)
- Candida thrush
- Yeast infection
Causes of white discharge before period
The following under listed facts may cause discharge before period:
Oh yea, pregnancy is one the first reasons you should think about if you experience discharge before period, however pregnancy tests might be necessary to rule out pregnancy. However if you experience a clumpy, cottage cheese textured discharge with a foul odor it may be a sign of yeast infection
2. Sexual arousal
Women who has great pre-coital experience may also see white thick discharge before period especially if their next menstrual period is around the corner. You may also experience in
During ovulation, estrogen level increases which produces a copious amount of cervical mucus before period, reason been that your body starts preparing for the next menstruation cycle. Secretions normally increases at about the 14th day after you see first menstrual flow.
This discharges also forms a protective covering against infections and pathogenic flora due to its acidity level which is slightly lesser than 4 (pH <=4).
White vaginal discharge is very normal when it happens at the right time and provided it has no foul-smell or deviation from whitish coloration to others such as creamy-yellow or green as this might indicate serious vaginal infections.
4. Hormone-related infertility
Milky white discharges may also persist in women who has hormone-related infertility. This may be investigated through blood levels of sex steroids.
5. Hormonal birth control pills
Hormonal birth control pills may also cause thick white discharges in women before their periods, due to the suppression of natural sex hormones. This may make women to have less libido and sex drive.