White Discharge During Intercourse: When to Worry?

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White Discharge during Sex

Normal Discharge

Vaginal discharge is made of natural fluids and cells produced by the body and this is usually clear and similar in character to mucus at mid-cycle or during ovulation. This discharge becomes thicker and whitish in color after ovulation. However, color and consistency of vaginal discharge may vary among women, depending on various factors, like age, amount of sexual activity, hormonal changes, medications, and presence of infection.

During sexual arousal and intercourse, vaginal secretion increases to provide lubrication. Physical and psychological changes lead to increased blood supply to the pelvic area, causing erection of the clitoris and increased mucus secretion from the glands of the cervix and vagina. During orgasm or climax, which may be single or multiple, there is no ejaculation (unlike males) but the muscles of the uterus and vagina contract and become engorged with blood, secreting thick white discharge, accompanied by a feeling of fulfillment and peace.

When to Worry

Vaginal secretions may increase when infection occurs and these are usually accompanied by symptoms such as changes in color, odor, and consistency of the secretions and a burning or itching sensation. It is advisable to consult a doctor for proper evaluation and treatment. Here is some information on how to recognize abnormal vaginal secretions from white discharge during sex

Abnormal Vaginal Discharges

Bacterial Vaginosis

  • Causes

Bacterial vaginosis is characterized by an overgrowth of harmful bacteria, which upsets the balance in the vaginal environment. When the number of harmful bacteria increases beyond their normal numbers, symptoms occur. Recurrence is common and the condition may coexist with other types of vaginal infections. Having sex with multiple partners or engaging in oral intercourse increases your risk of developing vaginosis.

  • Symptoms

About half of affected women do not have signs and symptoms but others experience an increase in the amount of vaginal discharge, which may be whitish or grayish, thin, and with fishy or foul odor. The odor may be prominent especially after sexual intercourse.

Trichomoniasis

  • Causes

Trichomoniasis is caused by protozoa called Trichomonas, which spreads through sexual intercourse. However, the microorganisms can survive in moist environment for several hours, so that one may transmit the infection through bathing suits or wet towels.

  • Symptoms

Although some women and most men do not display symptoms, signs and symptoms may include a frothy, yellow, or green discharge that has a foul odor. You may notice inflammation and itching of the vulva or the vagina and an increase in the frequency of urination.

Yeast Infection

  • Causes

Normally women have a small number of yeast (or Candida albicans) in their vagina. However, a yeast infection develops when an overabundance of yeast occurs. This is often caused by changes in the vaginal pH or acidity of the vagina. Yeast infection is not usually transmitted sexually. Factors that may increase your risk for yeast infections include stress, diabetes, pregnancy, oral contraceptives, and antibiotics.

  • Symptoms

Signs and symptoms include an increase in the amount of discharge, which is characterized as white, appearing like cottage cheese, itching, redness, and burning sensation in the vulva and vagina.

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