It is very important to pay attention to vaginal discharge, in this article we will explain the differences between gelatinous discharge and the normal discharge that occurs in our menstrual cycle. Here you will clarify your doubts.
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What is gelatinous discharge?
Many times this flow gives cause for concern, but most of the time it is normal in our menstrual cycle. Also called fertile or ovulation mucus, it is the one that appears in the middle of the cycle, sometimes it is usually clear, thin and a little flexible.
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Causes and consequences of gelatinous discharge
Throughout our cycle, vaginal discharge changes, both in color and in texture, which indicates the main changes that occur in our body, due to the reproduction of hormones (estrogen and progesterone). Estrogen is what prepares the body for the cycle and progesterone communicates the start of the menstrual period.
So, so we can identify the flow, when it is dry it is the beginning of the cycle, little by little it becomes more gelatinous and that is where we are in the most fertile period. And finally, when it is thinner than the first days it indicates that we are in the ovulation stage.
However, if we notice that the discharge is white and stained, we feel discomfort or pain when having sex or itches, it is necessary to consult our doctor. This to rule out any infection or disease.
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Fertility and infertility
Now, to identify your fertile moment, the moment of ovulation, is the flow of fine, odorless, clear and flexible appearance. There it allows the passage of sperm to the ovum. That is, the period for conception.
If this flow is not present in your cycle, it may be the effect of some medication, using vaginal douches very often, an infection, due to age, some hormonal imbalance, among other causes. Therefore, it is necessary and very important that you consult the doctor.
Symptoms of gelatinous discharge
If we find ourselves with an infection, these are the main symptoms:
- Drowsiness, weakness.
- Spots under the eyes.
- White flow.
- Pain in the back and hips
- Itching and irritation.
- Recurring headache.
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Why is the discharge jelly-like?
Because it provides the sperm with food, prolonging the life of the cells for around three to five days, in addition, it allows them to travel to the egg without any inconvenience.
Is it normal to have it? Why?
Yes, it is normal if you are in the middle of your menstrual phase, it indicates the most fertile time to conceive, as long as it does not have any odor or itching.
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Jelly discharge during pregnancy, why? How does it affect?
It is totally normal, due to the high production of estrogen during pregnancy and high vaginal blood flow. We must bear in mind that this flow must have a whitish or transparent appearance without any odor, with textures such as fine, thick or flexible.
During pregnancy, this discharge works like a mucous plug in such a way that it protects the fetus from being infected with an infection.
The production of the flux is higher, as long as it is not white, with odor and itchiness.
In this period, it is very important to be aware that there are no drops of blood, because it can be a symptom of an abortion.
Likewise, we must be very vigilant because the flow becomes more liquid, it may be a loss of amniotic fluid. See a doctor as a precaution.
What is a mucous plug?
During pregnancy, it is often confused, therefore, it is necessary to go to the doctor. This plug is created with all the secretions accumulated in the cervix, establishing a kind of protective bar for the fetus.
Jelly-like discharge after intercourse, why?
It is normal if we are in the middle of the menstrual phase, it should not present any smell or color. If it has a strong smell or another color (green, yellow), it may be an infection, it is important to see a doctor.
Before and after menstruation, why?
Before and after ovulation it is produced in high quantities, during this phase it is watery and flexible. In some cases, it turns yellowish, but it is a sign that the period is about to start, disappearing as soon as the period begins.
Is it normal in babies? Why?
Due to the baby’s exposure to the mother’s hormones that cross the placenta into the bloodstream, this causes some disturbances in newborns. If the baby has a vaginal discharge, it goes away over the days. Similarly, consult your doctor.
Gelatinous discharge pathologies
Cases in which you must go to a medical consultation:
- If the discharge is green, strong odor and pain, they are symptoms of an infection or disease.
- If you have a swollen vulva, a white discharge with pain and itching when urinating or during sexual intercourse. A vaginal yeast infection.
- If after sexual intercourse you have a white or gray discharge with a fishy smell. A bacterial vaginosis.
- If the discharge is foamy yellow or green with an unpleasant odor, itching, burning and pain. A trichomoniasis.
Can men have a jelly-like discharge?
It is normal for men to have this discharge when they have not had sex for a long time. However, if the discharge is abnormal, yellow, green or bloody, it is necessary to see a doctor urgently.
Does it occur after a cesarean section? Why?
Generally, there is a flow made up of blood, tissue waste and bacteria, the first days it is abundant but it decreases over the days. It lasts about 2 to 4 weeks or more.
Menopause and gelatinous discharge
It is normal after menopause due to low hormonal levels, due to the fact that the vaginal wall thins. However, vaginal dryness is more common.
After an abortion
Yes, it is normal to secrete this type of discharge after an abortion, because it is a symptom of cleaning the vagina.
Treatments and home remedies.
If it is due to your menstrual cycle, use daily towels to avoid staining underwear and daily hygiene. If it is infection, consult the doctor before.
Reader resources other types of flows
Types of Flow WITHOUT pregnancy
- Gelatinous Flow: Causes, Consequences, Symptoms and Cases
- Sticky Flow: Causes, Consequences, Symptoms and Cases
- Greenish Flow: Causes, Consequences, Symptoms and Cases
- Yellow Flow: Causes, Consequences, Symptoms and Cases
- White Flow: Causes, Consequences, Symptoms and Cases
- Transparent Flow: Causes, Consequences, Symptoms and Cases
- Brown discharge: causes, consequences, symptoms and cases
Types of discharge WITH pregnancy
- Brown discharge in pregnancy: causes, consequences, symptoms and cases
- Transparent flow in pregnancy: Causes, Consequences, Symptoms and Cases
- Yellow discharge during pregnancy: Causes, Consequences, Symptoms and Cases
- Pink discharge in pregnancy: causes, consequences, symptoms and cases
- White discharge in pregnancy: Causes, Consequences, Symptoms and Cases
- Green discharge in pregnancy: Causes, Consequences, Symptoms and Cases
Kathie Sand always saw the world of beauty as the terrain on which to build her professional career, a goal that was clear to her when she was only 15 years old. Her great concern to expand knowledge led her to settle in Paris where she studied hand in hand with the best beauty professionals and with the most advanced techniques for skin care.