Thick White Discharge

A thick white vaginal discharge is normally an important function in the female reproductive system. The glands inside the vagina and cervix will produce fluid that carries away dead cells and bacteria. This is an important housekeeping function that will keep the vagina clean and will help prevent infection.

Most of the time, vaginal discharge is perfectly normal. The amount can vary, as can the odor and color variation (ranging from clear to a milky white-ish color), depending on the time in your menstrual cycle. For example, there will be more discharge if you are ovulating, breastfeeding, or are sexually aroused. The smell may be different if you are pregnant or if you haven’t been diligent about your personal hygiene.

However, none of these should be cause for alarm. if the color, smell, or consistency seems significantly unusual, especially if it accompanied by vaginal itching or burning, you could be noticing an infection or other condition.

In almost all cases, the thick white discharge is a sign of a starting yeast infection. This can be easily determined by the smell of the discharge. If the discharge has a yeast or bread smell, this is a clear sign that a yeast infection may be causing it.

What causes thick white discharge and how can I stop it?

A white discharge that is thick is usually caused by a yeast infection. Usually, the discharge signals the beginning of the infection. Fortunately, a yeast infection can be dealt with very quickly in the privacy of your own home. The sooner you start treating the infection, the easier it is to get rid of. To learn how to permanently eliminate the yeast infection, which is causing the discharge.

There aren’t many other possible causes of thick white discharge before pregnancy. Pregnant women can occasionally experience it as a result of a hormonal change, but if that is the case it will usually last less than 24 hours. Usually, going to a doctor is not necessary, unless you have other symptoms. If the yeast infection is getting worse, you will start experiencing itching and an uncomfortable sensation. All cases of thick white discharge can be easily addressed by fixing the beginning yeast infection. The white discharge can stop on its own, but that can take a long time and the infection can easily get worse. If you are worried that your thick discharge may be serious, there is little evidence to support that. It is usually just a sign of a minor yeast infection.


Medication is not necessary for dealing with the discharge. Yeast infections can often be corrected by improving the balance of healthy bacteria in the body. Eating more yogurt is a common way to deal with the infection. However, in most cases more effective way is to take medications.

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