Yellow Vaginal Discharge – What It Means During Pregnancy and What Before and After the Period

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Vaginal discharge is a normal occurrence in women and girls. Glands within the vagina and the cervix create discharge on a daily basis, which is how your body keeps your vagina healthy and clean. Sudden change in discharge may be a sign of health problems.

Vaginal discharge is usually milky, white, sticky and does not have a distinct odor. Its color and density naturally change over the cycle. Thus the discharge is thicker during ovulation, when you are breast-feeding or when you are sexually aroused. An unexpected change in color or density can refer to different conditions depending on the time of the change.

Yellow Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy

Is it Normal?

It is not quite common for women to have a yellow discharge in the first or second trimesters of pregnancy. Neutral to mildly “scented” light yellow discharge is considered normal only in the third trimester. After that, the more the pregnancy progresses, the more normal the abundant yellow discharge becomes.

If you notice a light yellow, dark yellow or yellow-brown discharge during the first trimester, accompanied by a strong odor and with a density greater than normal, it is advisable that you look for medical help to find out its causes.

Possible Causes

  • High estrogen

Estrogen is a natural hormone produced in the ovaries, adrenal glands, and fatty cells. This hormone induces healthy development and maintenance of dominant female bodily features. Its increased levels can cause side effects, one of them being yellow discharge.

Hormone imbalance, excess body fat, stress and nutrition poor in dietary fiber may increase levels of estrogen in the body. If this is the cause of your discharge, your physician will not prescribe any medication.

  • Yeast infection

Yeast infection is caused by albicans candida fungus. Symptoms usually include dense white discharge, unpleasant odor, vaginal itching, redness and swollen vulva. They usually occur during the second trimester and are not harmful to the baby if treated on time with local therapy.

  • Bacterial vaginosis

When the balance of beneficial and harmful bacteria living in the vaginal flora is compromised, bacterial vaginosis occurs. Sex with different partners and using hygienic products containing lots of chemicals can lead to this condition. Symptoms include dense yellowish-green discharge and an unpleasant odor. It is usually treated with antibiotics and creams.

  • Sexually transmitted diseases

Sexually transmitted diseases are particularly dangerous for the baby so in the following cases urgent medical help is required:

  1. Trichomoniasis
  2. Chlamydia
  3. Gonorrhea

How to Prevent the Occurrence of Yellow Discharge During Pregnancy?

Keep the genital area clean and dry, but do not use too much chemical products for showering and intimate care. Avoid tight clothing made from artificial materials. Eat well and lower sugar intake, especially if you have diabetes. Also, introduce light exercise into your everyday life.

Yellow Discharge Before the Period


Is It Normal?

Normal vaginal discharge before the period is usually clear or whitish, but may be yellow if exposed to air. Before the period, it is possible for the discharge to contain a small amount of blood. However, if you have a yellow discharge of unpleasant odor accompanied by other symptoms, such as itching and redness, you may have a yeast or bacterial vaginal infection.

Possible Causes

  • Cervicitis (inflammation of the cervix)

Various sexually transmitted diseases can cause cervicitis and yellow discharge that accompanies it. Among them are gonorrhea, chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts and trichomoniasis. Bacterial infections or excessive growth of harmful bacteria in the vagina can also lead to this condition.

Sometimes cervicitis can be caused by gynecological procedures or birth control (cervical cap or diaphragm). Also, it can be caused by an allergic reaction to spermicides or latex (condoms). The accompanying symptoms are pain and vaginal bleeding.

  • Vulvo-vaginitis

Inflammation/infection of the external vulva and the inside of the vagina is known as vulvo-vaginitis. It can affect women at any age. Its causes include viruses, bacteria, fungi and other parasites, and also poor hygiene and allergies.

Sexually transmitted diseases can cause infection, and various chemicals in soaps and other shower products may cause inflammation. The accompanying symptoms are pain, vaginal dryness, itching in the genital area and pricking during urination.

  • Bacterial vaginosis (above)
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea

How to Prevent the Appearance of Yellow Discharge Before the Period?

Things to have in mind when it comes to preventing infection and yellow discharge are maintenance of good hygiene and protection against sexually transmitted diseases. In addition, eat yogurt regularly, as it contains good bacteria – lactobacilli, which can increase the number of healthy bacteria in the body.

Yellow Discharge After the Period

Is it Normal?

Yellow discharge after the period does not always have to be a cause for concern, as it is not so unusual, especially if there are no accompanying symptoms. After the period, vaginal canal cleansing occurs naturally. Yellow discharge in that period is a sign that you are fertile and that ovulation is on the horizon.

Some women have darker discharge after the period, and the reasons for this vary. Other experience this on a monthly basis. It could be caused by a delay in menstrual cycle or it might be a symptom of health problems with the uterus or the vagina.

Possible Causes

  • Trichomoniasis
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Cervicitis or cervical inflammation (above)
  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Fungal infection (above)
  • Pregnancy

Yellow discharge after the period may occur even when the woman is pregnant. If the discharge is pale yellow and has no odor, you do not have to worry about it. However, the discharge itself cannot be a sign of pregnancy. Further tests are required in order to confirm it.


How to Cure and Prevent Yellow Discharge?

The following herbs and remedies can help you cure, but also prevent yellow discharge from the vagina:

1. Wheat Grain- It bolsters the body’s hormonal balance as well as ensures a regular menstrual cycle if consumed regularly.

2. Garlic – One of the well-known and easily accessible plants with strong antibacterial properties. Garlic also neutralizes all odors.

3. Apple cider vinegar – Numerous studies have shown that it can be used in the treatment of various types of vaginal infections, including vaginal odor that can accompany yellow discharge.

4. Tea Tree Oil – It is known to be a natural antiseptic. It helps eliminate bacteria and virus germs in no time.

5. Baking Soda – Unbalanced pH levels are one of the primary causes of vaginal discharge. Baking soda helps balance the pH levels in the body.

6. Cranberry Juice – This natural acidic juice will help you maintain low levels of harmful bacteria in your body.

7. Guava leaves – This plant has antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Its cooked leaves are an excellent solution for vaginal discharge.

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