Menstrual Cycle Vaginal Discharge: Abnormal Foul Odor in Menstruation

Menstrual cycle discharge is normal, and the amount varies during the entire cycle. Mucus produced before ovulation is thirty times more than after ovulating. It is more watery and more elastic to the point that you need to wear some panty liners during this period of the menstrual cycle. However, there is a cause for worry when an abnormal menstrual odor discharge and abnormal appearance occurs.

Normal Discharge

A vaginal discharge is the combination of the fluids that vaginal cells hold and the bacteria found in the normal flora. It can be apparent at different times of the cycle depending on the menstrual flow, ovulation, the use of birth control pills, and sexual activity.

A normal menstrual cycle discharge may be white or transparent, thin to thick, odorless and consists around four milliliters or approximately a teaspoon a day. The amount of secretions depends on the level of estrogen in the body. A discolored or dark brown discharge is also common if observed one to two days after the menstrual period.

Factors Affecting Vaginal Discharge

Generally, menstrual cycle discharge varies in consistency, color, and smell throughout the whole cycle. The amount of discharge can increase when you are under emotional stress, when ovulating, in pregnancy, and when you are sexually excited.

But it will be alarming if the vaginal discharge suddenly differs in color, consistency, amount, and if there is emission of abnormal menstrual odour discharge.

Types of Vaginal Discharge

Before getting bothered with an abnormal menstrual cycle discharge, you should first know what the normal appearance is supposedly.

  • Thick, white discharge commonly appears at the start and end of the menstrual cycle. However, be on the lookout for any itchiness, which is indicative of a yeast infection.
  • A clear and elastic discharge is an indication that you are ovulating.
  • At different times during the menstrual cycle, you can observe clear and watery discharge which can be heavy after an exercise routine.
  • Brown discharge is actually old blood from cleaning out the vagina and is observed right after a menstrual period.
  • Blood or brown spots occur during the mid-cycle when you are ovulating. It also happens during the early part of pregnancy particularly at the scheduled menstrual period.
  • Yellow or green thick discharge similar to cottage cheese may be a sign of an infection. Sometimes it comes with a distinct foul menstruation odor (odour).