You will know it: Sometimes you have more discharge, sometimes less. Sometimes it's very watery, sometimes very thick. This is because the discharge is dependent on our cycle . Means - if you are just ovulating, the discharge is different than on the infertile days. A normal cycle has 28 days and begins on the first day after menstruation.
In this article, we explain how a menstrual cycle works and how the discharge changes in the various phases.
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Our discharge is cycle dependent.
Depending on the phase of your cycle, you will have more or less discharge.
Hormonal birth control pills , like the pill, can affect your vaginal discharge.
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1. The mid-cycle
If you're now asking yourself, "What is vaginal discharge anyway?" then read here .
Around the middle of the cycle, i.e. after about 13 days, ovulation takes place. We are fertile!
The discharge at this stage of the cycle is usually a little heavier, relatively runny and stretchy . This is because the ovarian hormones estrogen and progestin stimulate the glands in the cervical canal to produce more secretions during this phase.
Beware of the magical attraction that our vaginas have at this stage - the pH of this secretion is the same as that of semen , which "lures" sperm to the cervical canal.
2. After bleeding
At the end of the cycle, some blood vessels in the lining of the uterus open temporarily, and the top layer of the lining of the uterus loosens. To expel them, the muscles of the uterus contract and relax at an irregular rate. Those of us who are menstruating know this can be quite uncomfortable. Accordingly, there is no discharge during the period , which is not particularly noticeable - it does flow out of you after all..
On the first day of the cycle, or after the period, there is hardly any discharge , on the contrary - it can sometimes lead to dryness. Absolutely normal!
Wait a few days, then more vaginal secretion should be produced again.
3. On infertile days
After the fertile days, the discharge changes again.
Infertile days are immediately after ovulation and up to about 6 days before ovulation .
In this phase you should not fertilize, so the discharge is sticky, viscous and viscous and only occurs in small amounts in the cervical canal.
Some clumpy discharge is also normal at this stage of the cycle.
4. Contraception by the pill
If hormonal contraception is used, for example with the pill, there are no cycle-dependent changes. The discharge here is therefore only influenced by the hormones estrogen and progestin, which are contained in the pill.
Because the pill provides the body with these hormones on a regular basis , there is little to no change in vaginal discharge. It usually stays the same (haha).
This way, the sperm don't have a chance to get to the uterus. The discharge changes not only when taking the pill, but when using any hormonal contraceptive.
The discharge will be as it is in the luteal phase , i.e. after ovulation and before menstruation, depending on how your discharge is in the natural cycle, this can be expressed in more or less discharge.
If you start taking the pill early or for a long time, many people don't feel (or no longer feel) their discharge. Accordingly, it is shocking when you stop taking the pill and then suddenly have wet panties. Have you experienced it yourself? Also quite normal.
Did you know : The color of your discharge can also change. You can find out what the color tells you about your vaginal health here .