Egg White Discharge: What Does It Mean?
Changes in vaginal discharge can make you feel confused and worried. Egg white discharge is a normal part of your menstrual cycle, and it relates to fertility and ovulation. Also called egg white cervical mucus, this discharge can help you discover different aspects of your personal cycle. Read on to learn what it looks like, why women have it, and much more.
What Does Egg White Discharge Look Like?
As you may guess from the nickname, this discharge or mucus resembles raw egg whites. They are similar in color and consistency. Egg white discharge typically has the following traits:
- Stretchy or tacky.
You may also notice a higher volume of mucus when you have egg white discharge. Mucus is typically thinner during other phases of your menstrual cycle, too.
What Does It Mean When You Have Egg White Discharge?
Several things happening with your body can cause egg white discharge. A few of main reasons are that you are about to ovulate, you are pregnant, or you are sexually aroused.
1. You Are About To Ovulate
Egg white discharge is a sign that you’re going to ovulate very soon. Changes in discharge typically happen approximately two days before ovulation.
Prior to this short time frame, discharge is often transparent and odorless but watery. The change occurs due to an increase in estrogen levels. An increase in luteinizing hormone also happens during this time frame.
Egg white mucus is typically present during the LH surge you experience toward the end of your fertile window. Once ovulation has occurred which means the ovary has released an egg, your discharge may become cloudier. Some women don’t experience any discharge post-ovulation.
2. You Are Pregnant
A change in your cervical fluid is a sign of early pregnancy, and it may initially seem like egg white discharge. If you are pregnant, you may start having discharge just one to two weeks after conception.
This is called leukorrhea, and it may have a few distinct differences from standard egg white cervical mucus. For example, leukorrhea related to pregnancy is often:
- Slightly cloudy/milky.
- Mildy odorous.
Since it can be challenging to determine the difference, you may want to take a home pregnancy test. You may experience this discharge before your next estimated menstrual cycle. For accuracy, take a home pregnancy test the day after the first day of your next expected period.
3. You Are Sexually Aroused
It is common for women to have egg white discharge when they are sexually aroused. Stimulation before sexual intercourse causes vaginal secretion.
This arousal fluid acts as a natural lubricant, and it often looks similar to egg whites. The consistency varies with each woman, so yours may look different.
Does Egg White Discharge Mean You’re Fertile?
Egg white discharge is widely considered a sign of fertile cervical mucus. Some women rely on monitoring cervical mucus changes to determine their peak fertile days.
This is a popular natural way to estimate ovulation. It’s often used in conjunction with the basal body temperature method and other estimation tools.
Unfortunately, egg white discharge and temperature changes can only provide estimates. Neither method uses a science-based approach to monitor hormone levels. So you cannot be certain that egg white discharge indicates peak fertility.
Mira’s fertility tracking kit is a highly reliable method for finding your peak fertile days. This at-home ovulation tracker measures your luteinizing hormone levels. Knowing these levels helps you identify your unique fertile period with 99% accuracy.
How Can You Tell If Your Discharge Is Normal?
Every woman has different cycle symptoms, and you may wonder if your discharge is normal. Luckily, you can tell if your discharge is normal of not by its color, odor, and consistency.
There are a few simple measures you can take to assess your discharge.
- Check the color of your discharge using clean toilet paper or a panty liner.
- Determine if your discharge has any unusual or foul odors.
- Check your cervical mucus consistency using clean toilet paper or through a manual check.
If everything seems up to par, then there’s no need to worry. If you suspect that something is off, use the information in the section below.
When To See A Doctor About Your Discharge?
It’s essential to look for noteworthy symptoms like itching, burning, and irritation. As you now know, it’s important to pay attention to any changes in discharge. Abnormal consistency, color, and odor may indicate a health problem, and you may want to see a doctor.
These are often telltale signs of medical issues like:
- Yeast infections.
- Bacterial vaginosis.
- Sexually transmitted diseases.
If you have any concerns, it’s always a good idea to book an appointment with your doctor. Being proactive about monitoring changes in discharge can help you stay on top of your reproductive health.