Dr. Amen O answered:
3 years ago
The vagina has its own peculiar discharge in the period of the whole cycle. Basically i will divide the cycle into different phases so you understand better (not medical please): the bleeding phase, the preparatory phase, ovulatory phase and then the dry phase.In the bleeding phase, there's flow of blood so you won't need to observe for any discharge. This is the first 3 to 8 days of the cycle depending on how many days you bleed. After then, your body is getting prepared to release an egg, you start seeing the discharge, which is whitish, often clot together and not too copious. But as you proceed further to your ovulation period, days before the discharge becomes more slimy and a bit off white, and just before ovulation occurs, it can be compared to an egg white consistency which when place between two fingers, it's stretchy. It remains so until ovulation is over and gradually loses its stretchiness. If pregnancy occurs at this stage, you may have excess discharge which is whitish and creamy in consistency but if pregnancy doesn't occur, there's dryness. Days just before your period commences again, the discharge increases and then your period. After which the phase starts again.
This is just an illustration. Every female is different, some experience classical discharges some don't. Checking the difference during your cycle will help you master your own.
Using the discharge consistency alongside your cycle planner will empower you to know when you are most fertile or least fertile.
Vagina discharge normally doesn't have an offensive smell, it's whitish in color, creamy or dry or stretchy and doesn't have associated itch or pain.
Any variation from the above may indicate an infection which should not be ignored. A visit to the doctor after necessary testing will determine the infective organism and appropriate treatment.
There's another added way to track ovulation which includes using a basal body thermometer to monitor your basal temperature every morning before getting up from the bed at about same time everyday. The period of slight increase indicates the day of ovulation. After charting it for several months, you can note on average the days of slight increase. Use this along with the cycle planner and discharge monitoring to predict your ovulation day.
A more accurate method is through use of ovulation kit which is sold over the counter in most pharmacies. Instructions on use is given in the leaflet.
I hope I have made it a bit clear.
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