Imagine our body is composed of so many cells, called as the building blocks of life that is very small and every living organism have; tissues, that connects together all these cells with the organs; and organ systems that are made up of certain tissues performing functions that effectively operate for the human body. And in just nine months pregnant women bear and deliver the most beautiful creations that our eyes laid upon, our babies. Our little babies who will grow up to become an adult and will produce again our own kind. Let’s see where this all starts. Hence, the human body is amazing and miracles happen from within.
Our women are the carriers of our offspring and they go through different phases as they undergo the whole process of pregnancy. But let’s check how the origin of pregnancy happens, specifically the early signs of pregnancy through Vaginal Discharge. What is water discharge and what is its role in the human body, particularly women? Is water discharge an early sign of pregnancy? What are the symptoms and effects of discharge? And how to treat watery discharge? Is water discharge bad? These are the questions that we will look into deeply as we check the amazing miracles that happen inside a woman’s body.
What is Vaginal Discharge?
Many say and believe that pregnancy starts with a watery discharge, as it can be very confusing to identify which changes are normal and are the cause for alarm. Vaginal discharge is a continuous body activity among women, in which the body releases a white or clear fluid that comes out of the vagina. This begins in a few months’ time before a girl experiences her first period for menstruation and usually diminishes off after the menopausal stage. This happens because the body is undergoing the process of hormonal changes that shift from time to time during the menstrual cycle and helps keep the vagina clean making it free from infection due to the healthy bacteria present on the vagina, that helps it make secretions acidic, in this way the acidity clears dead cells and eliminate bad bacteria.
What’s Normal and Not Normal?
According to gynecologists, watery discharges from vagina are normal and healthy. It looks clear like water or white like milk that has a very mild odor. It is described that the typical vaginal discharge is about 1 to 4 milliliters every day but can experience more discharge when ovulation period starts, under pregnancy phase, and intake of birth control pills in which it increases estrogen levels. In addition, sexual arousal generates an increase in vaginal discharge because of the blood moving to the vagina that prompts the lubricating fluids’ release. Here are some essentials to check for normal vaginal discharge:
- Looks thin in texture, clear or milky white in color
- Mild odor, not having a strong scent
- Usually leaves a light yellowish stain on the underwear
- Consistency change during the menstrual cycle
Watery Discharge, on the other hand, can be a sign of problem when there are noticeable changes in the color of the discharge and its consistency where it appears to look like yellow, green, or gray; strong smell resembling fish or another odor; the amount of the discharge is more than the usual; it’s accompanied by itching, swelling, and redness; looks foamy, brown or has bloodstained.
Here are some of the reasons causing abnormal vagina discharge:
- Sexually Transmitted Infection: is a bacterial infection condition that is usually passed through sexual contacts like vaginitis, trichomoniasis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, yeast infection, and pelvic inflammatory disease.
- Foreign Object: a possibility that there is a foreign object present inside the vagina,
- Douching: cleaning and washing the inside of the vagina with water and other fluids to eliminate odor and bacteria.
- During Pregnancy: the body produces more discharge, preventing infections, as the cervix and vaginal wall weaken; and usually, the baby’s head pressing against the cervix, close to the delivery of the baby, resulting for the body to produce the excess discharge.
It is true that one of the early signs to know if a woman is pregnant is through the watery discharge that a woman generates, as an increase in vaginal discharge happens and continues throughout pregnancy. Also, keeping in mind that further evidences and basis needs to be double checked for confirmation. Thus, seeking consultations with a doctor, or medical expert, is highly advised.
The usual discharge is just light, but upon entering the pregnancy stage it becomes heavy, and more, as the body produces more estrogen making the vagina more acidic. When a woman becomes pregnant the watery discharge changes in the first two weeks and becomes more noticeable as the pregnancy stage develops. It is said to be in its heaviest phase upon the ending of the pregnancy that contains thick mucus with streaks of blood, which is an early sign of labor called “show”.
Calling the Doctor
Conditions that are unusual and out of the ordinary needs to be addressed immediately, that’s why consulting medical specialists in the field like a gynecologist, or your primary care doctor, is very important for your safety. Since this is a very delicate matter and needs further assessment, tests will be run to make sure that your health and condition are okay, and the right steps to treat the condition are being implemented correctly. Here are some of the tests that may include on the assessment:
- Pap smears: this involves the collection of cells from the cervix to check if there are risks on having cervical cancer.
- pH Tests: a kind of test that measures the amount of acid, or acidity, level of the body
- Physical Exam: This is to view and check the overall health of the person, to make sure that other tests are good to go.
Since this is a part of the overall operation of the body, there is nothing that can prevent from watery discharges from happening. In fact, it is normal and healthy as it helps protect the vagina from harmful bacteria, but it can feel uncomfortable, during the months of menstruation. Bacteria and fungi are present in moist environments that may cause infection and irritation. Here are some simple things to do in managing this condition:
- Keeping the area dry: as discharges are liquid they keep the area wet, attracting bacteria and fungi, also making an uncomfortable feeling.
- Use of Panty liners and Pads: these products can keep the area dry and make the person feel comfortable by changing them throughout the day.
- Use Comfy Cotton underwear: this allows the area to be dry because of ventilation
Learning that vaginal discharge is indeed a natural process of the woman’s reproductive cycle, helping to clean and protect the body from infection and acts as an early sign of pregnancy for women gives us understanding how amazing our body works. Hence, the human body is amazing and miracles happen from within.