Vaginal discharge is the secretions that a woman's vagina produces naturally and its main functions are both to clean the inside of it and to keep it lubricated. Because this flow originates during different stages and situations (ovulation, menstruation, pregnancy, sexual arousal, etc.) its appearance may be altered.
For example, when this fluid turns white or even pale yellow but there are no warning signs that we should worry about, it simply means that after its expulsion it has been exposed to the air, which has altered its color.
However, what happens when a woman has a white vaginal fluid and, in turn, a delay in the menstrual cycle? In this case, the change in color of the secretions could be a symptom of some alteration in the body. Therefore, in the following article of we explain the possible causes of a menstrual delay and white flow at the same time. Read!
Menstrual delay and white discharge: Am I pregnant?
One of the possible causes of both menstrual delay and white discharge is pregnancy, especially if the amount of these secretions has also increased. In fact, both one symptom and another are among the first signs that a pregnant woman usually has.
When a woman's egg is fertilized by a sperm, her body usually increases the production of female hormones such as estrogen, which can cause our body to release a greater amount of vaginal discharge. This increase in fluids has a logical explanation: our body secretes more flow to protect both our uterus and fetus from possible bacteria that could lead to infection. Generally, this symptom is most common during the first 3 months of pregnancy, progressively decreasing throughout gestation.
In addition to white discharge and menstrual delay, in the first weeks of pregnancy the following symptoms also usually occur:
- Breast tenderness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Increased urge to urinate
- Mood swings
- Changes in smell
- Light bleeding of a brown tone
- Pain in the lower belly
- Increased basal temperature
If you want to know more about vaginal discharge during this stage, we recommend this article about How vaginal discharge is during pregnancy.
Menstrual delay and white discharge due to hormonal changes
Another cause of menstrual delay and white discharge may be some hormonal change. Not all women have a regular menstrual cycle, that is, one that lasts about 28 days. In fact, it can happen that at a certain time, the cycle may become irregular and present symptoms such as white discharge accompanied by delayed period without having to be due to pregnancy.
There are certain situations that can increase the production of estrogen and, therefore, change the volume and color of our fluids. Next, we explain what situations cause hormonal changes in women so that this type of symptoms occur:
- Stress: some situations such as a change in work, exam times or a sentimental breakup (among other stressful moments) can cause an alteration in both our hormonal production and our period.
- Drastic weight change: losing or gaining pounds very suddenly can also cause our hormones to be altered.
- Contraceptive pill: it is totally normal that when we start taking some hormonal treatment, at first there are some mismatches both in the period and in the color of the vaginal fluids.
Why do I have white discharge and my period doesn't go down? possible infections
In addition to the previous cases, another possible cause that is causing menstrual delay accompanied by white fluids is a vaginal infection. Among the infections that cause these two symptoms together we find:
- Bacterial vaginosis: this is an infection that occurs when the bacteria that inhabit the vagina grow excessively. This condition is quite common among women aged 15 and 44 and, among its symptoms, we found that white discharge could also change to other shades such as grey or yellow. Other signs that you have this infection are bad smell, pain, and vaginal burning.
- Yeast infection: also known as candidiasis, it is a vaginal condition that occurs when the flora of it changes due to causes such as stress or the consumption of antibiotics. Due to this alteration in the pH of the vagina, the white fluid is also characterized by being much more abundant and thicker. It also produces other symptoms such as burning, itching and vaginal pain. If you suspect that they may have this type of infection, we recommend this article on How to know if I have candidiasis.
- Gonorrhea: is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is caused by the entry of a pathogen into the genital mucous membranes. This condition can produce white discharge, but it could also be a more yellowish hue. It can also cause foul odor, bleeding, and vaginal burning.