10:09 am - 08/17/2009

Thick, white, snot-like discharge?

Some questions about discharge:
-If you are on HBC, what is your discharge normally like?
-What does discharge during pregnancy commonly look like? If you've been pregnant, did you experience just an increase in discharge or a change in color, consistency, etc?
-For someone on HBC, is opaque white, snot-like discharge to be considered "normal" ?

I'm on the pill and haven't really experienced a change in discharge...until this morning. I woke up and went pee and when I wiped I had a couple huuuge globs of thick, white booger like discharge that I've never really had before, on the pill or off. It doesn't smell bad or anything...I'd seen that color before but not really so thick and so much. Should I be weirded out by this? I was under the impression that since I've been on HBC for quite a while I shouldn't be ovulating so I don't know what's up. The last time I had sex was about 2 weeks ago, but I'm not worried about pregnancy. Is this normal?
iheartsarahduh 17th-Aug-2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
I normally don't experience much discharge on the pill. Mine is mainly clear and not very thick.

When you say "snot-like" do you mean lumpy or mucus-like?

Here's a great article (I love this website), I think it might help you out!
http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/1624.html
may_third 17th-Aug-2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I never really had much either until today. When I say snot-like I mean mucus-like. It wasn't lumpy at all, very smooth. I was like AHH did my vag just sneeze or something? ;/
iheartsarahduh EDIT17th-Aug-2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, that sounds completely normal. Unless it changes color, becomes lumpy, or smells quite strong, I personally wouldn't be concerned about it.

ETA: That is not to say that if you're concerned you SHOULDN'T go see your gyno. If this is completely abnormal for you and you don't feel comfortable,take whatever measures you'd like to figure it out. I also know that Vagisil now makes a testing kit that tests the pH level of your discharge and the like to give you an idea of what might be going on, if anything.
http://www.vagisilkit.com/kit2/how.shtml
may_third Re: EDIT17th-Aug-2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I figured from what I'd read it was normal...I just haven't gotten this much before. It was a lot. It looked like mucus. I should have added that I took 2 flax seed oil pills (Omega 3 supplement) yesterday and that I've been ingesting more vitamin C. I didn't know if that would affect anything or not. Thanks for the info!...I might actually take a pregnancy test because I am the super paranoid type and I keep reading that increased volume of discharge is an early pregnancy symptom. I've been stacking for a while but a couple weeks ago when I finished my last pack I took 5 of my placebo pills and had PIV sex (boyfriend finished inside of me every time) every day during that period...have taken 7 pills since my placebos, though, so technically I shouldn't be at high risk for pregnancy...Still, though :X
queensugar Re: EDIT17th-Aug-2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
Everything is a pregnancy symptom, for what it's worth. ;) I'm not even joking about that; more or less anything and everything that could be different about a person can also be a pregnancy symptom.

Anyway, that's normal, yes. I get the same kind of discharge during my luteal phase, which is more or less the point in the menstrual cycle that hormonal birth control keeps your body suspended at, artificially.

I would personally not worry about it. It may just be a random blip on the map, or a side-product of some of the dietary additions you mention. But yeah, take a test if you're concerned.
may_third Re: EDIT17th-Aug-2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
Haha thanks :) That really is true, it's kind of horrifying/annoying. What exactly is the luteal phase? The period after ovulation? That would make the most sense I guess, with a person on HBC, right?
gordonisadog Re: EDIT17th-Aug-2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
I didn't know that about the birth control keeping your body in the luteal phase, that's actually really interesting.

Everything is a pregnancy symptom, for what it's worth. ;) I'm not even joking about that; more or less anything and everything that could be different about a person can also be a pregnancy symptom.

Hah isn't that the truth!

I had a big pregnancy freakout last month (even though I honestly had absolutely no realistic reason to, just get really bad bouts of anxiety from time to time) and made myself absolutely sick reading about symptoms. I read stuff like "well if you're noticing your gums bleeding more or a runny nose in the morning you could be pregnant" so cue me freaking out over brushing my teeth and my normal morning allergies.

Ugh sometimes Google is a very dangerous thing.
may_third Re: EDIT17th-Aug-2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
Agreed. I have been having a short attention span for a couple days and even googled that...They said the same thing. Silly.
gordonisadog 17th-Aug-2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
I can only answer your first and last question.

My discharge sounds exactly like yours. It's a mix of this very smooth, little, thickish white blob of discharge and almost an equal amount of clearish liquid with it. It never smells off or anything, it's just something I have that messes up my panties, boo.

I've had the same type of discharge for as long as I've been on hbc (5+ years) and it's the only type of discharge I ever get. Ugh it's so annoying because it's never gradual, it all just spluts out of me at once every day or so. My gynos over the years haven't found anything wrong with it, so I can only assume it's normal for me and just one of those fun side effects of hbc :)

Bring it up with your doc next time you're in if it bothers/worries you, but from my experience it's a normal thing.
mahogany_love 17th-Aug-2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
Same here. It's thick and lumpy but it doesn't smell. It seems kind off odd, but only started after I started HBC.
may_third 17th-Aug-2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
Mine was just a big splurt all out at once kind of thing too...I haven't seen any more today so far...but I keep getting this weird bubble like feeling down there. Strange. I'll probably ask about it when I go back to my gyno before I go back to school for the year.

Thanks!
paraxeni 17th-Aug-2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
Think about your mouth, nose and lungs, that are self cleaning like your vag. How do they keep clean and pink? Mucus! Your vagina is the same. Usually it's unnoticeable, but if for some reason it's doing a spring clean, or it's feeling irritated, then it speeds production up. It's like if you have a cold and you get a runny nose, exact same thing. Don't fret, it'll clear up. I'm pretty sure you don't have a lodger ;)
iamanarchist 18th-Aug-2009 01:05 am (UTC)
I get that sometimes too.. I'm not sure why. It's not always liek that either..
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