It is quite a normal to have fluid and mucus discharging from the vagina. These help to keep the vagina moist, lubricated, and hydrated. In most cases, the fluid or mucus is usually colorless or whitish. This is normal and might not be a cause for worry. However, in some instances, you can experience vaginal discharge that might be colored. The colored discharge might be worrying especially if it is caused by some illness or infection.
In some cases, the colored discharge might have an unusual odor that may become stronger with time. Sometimes, the discharge might also cause an itch in the vagina and the vaginal lips. Such conditions may indicate the presence of an infection or a certain underlying medical condition
Normally, a good number of ladies experience a yellowish discharge before the onset of their monthly periods. The situation is normal in most cases. However, should the discharge be accompanied by an odor, soreness, and itchiness, you need to seek gynecological advice as soon as possible.
It is explained that the yellowish discharge that occurs before menstruation is normal and it is said that it happens as a result of blood mixing with mucus that is secreted in the mucus membranes. This leads to the blood losing its original color and the resultant fluid appears yellowish. Under normal circumstances, certain symptoms like itchiness and odors are never present if this happens.
A number of women have been found to experience the yellowish discharge as their pre-menstrual syndrome which normally goes away naturally at the onset of menstruation.
Another point to note is that; a yellowish discharge that comes a few days before the date of menstruation could also be an early sign of pregnancy. This normally happens when bleeding or spotting occurs at the time when the fertilized ovum is attaching itself to the uterus. This event takes place before menstruation begins. In addition, at the onset of pregnancy, a hormone called the human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is produced in much larger quantities. This HCG hormone can be smelled by some women and is also known to change the urine color to yellow. It therefore has the ability to change the color of the vaginal discharge too. It is by means of visual quantification of the HCG hormone levels that most pregnancy test strips work.
The third possibility that may cause a yellow vaginal discharge before periods could be the different forms of vaginal infections. In most cases, vaginal infections are normally accompanied by odors, itchiness, pains, and rashes in some cases.
Causes of the yellow vaginal discharge before periods
There are different types of yellowish discharge from the vagina that may happen before periods.
i. Light yellow and watery yellow discharges
Pre-menstruation related symptoms normally include a light yellow discharge. This is normally as a result of blood mixing with the vaginal mucus and the blood tends to lose its color since it is normally in small quantities. During this period, the vagina produces more fluid than it usually does and this can cause the fluid being discharged to appear watery too. This is an indication that your periods are about to commence.
During this period, you might also experience cramps and the conditions might continue even after your periods have begun.
ii. Creamy-yellowish vaginal discharge
This kind of discharge could be as a result of a fungal infection or as a result of the vaginal waste in the form of dead cells.
iii. Brownish yellow discharge
This kind of discharge is only common after menstruation. However, it could also manifest before menstruation and the possible causes could be the following:
a) Hormonal changes as a result of the use of contraceptive pills or as a result of transition into the menopausal stage.
b) Implantation building during ovulation.
c) Underlying medical complications like the Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID).
iv. Greenish yellow discharge
This kind of discharge is also believed to be caused mostly by trichomoniasis infections occurring in the vagina.
There are many possible causes of the yellow discharge from the vagina before monthly periods. Amongst the host of reasons are so many different types of vaginal infections. These range from fungal, bacterial, viral, cancerous, and trauma related cases. We will look at some of the issues that lead to the discharge, their symptoms, and treatment options that may be available. It is also good to note that the best diagnoses for vaginal related issues are handled best by gynecologists.
It is advisable to prioritize visiting your gynecologist if some of the symptoms discussed in this article are evident in your case.
The inflammation that occurs in the cervix is what is referred to as cervicitis.
Cervicitis is a medical condition that is caused by Sexually Transmitted Infections that are as a result of bacteria such as Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.
Cervicitis can also be caused by poor medical procedures like using unsterilized medical kits. It can be caused by the use of intrauterine contraceptives as well.
Some of the signs and symptoms of cervicitis are as stated below:
i. The presence of a yellow vaginal discharge that might appear pale.
ii. Pain that can be felt during sexual intercourse and when passing urine.
iii. An urge of passing of urine that comes about frequently.
iv. Pain in the pelvic area and in the lower abdomen.
This condition can only be treated by a medical doctor.
Vulvovaginitis is the inflammation of the vulva in the vagina and the inner walls of the vagina which is usually influenced by fungal, viral, and bacterial infections.
Some of the symptoms that are associated with vulvovaginitis include the following:
i. Inflammation may occur in the vagina and the anus.
ii. Irritation in the area around the vagina and a feeling of itchiness.
iii. Pain when having sex and when passing urine.
iv. A yellowish discharge from the vagina that may be accompanied by a strong odor.
3. Chlamydia infection
Chlamydia infection is an infection that occurs in the urethra in men and in the cervix in women. The condition causes the vagina to have yellowish discharge.
The signs and symptoms of a Chlamydia infection in the vagina may include the following:
i. A burning sensation when passing urine.
ii. A yellowish discharge before period.
iii. Frequent urination.
iv. The eyes may turn yellow.
v. Pain during periods and when having sex whereby bleeding might also occur.
vi. A feeling of itchiness around the vagina.
4. Bacterial vaginosis
Bacterial vaginosis is also known to cause a yellowish discharge from the vagina. This is a sexually transmitted infection that cannot be passed on to men. The exact mode of transmission is not quite clear but it is believed that women with female sexual partners are at a higher risk of contracting the infection. It is believed that it occurs when harmful bacteria outnumber and overpower the harmless lactobacillus bacteria that exist naturally in the vagina. Inflammation then occurs. This condition is what is referred to as bacterial vaginosis.
The signs and symptoms that may accompany a bacterial vaginosis infection include the following:
i. A yellowish, colorless, or grey vaginal discharge.
ii. A bad odor.
iii. The condition does not cause irritation of irritation
This condition is treated by an antibiotic which is known as metronidazole.
Gonorrhea is also a sexually transmitted infection which is caused by the Neisseria Gonorrhoeae bacteria. Gonorrhea affects both males and females.
Gonorrhea can be spread through kissing as well since it also attacks the mouth.
Some of the signs to look out for in the case of a gonorrhea infection in women include:
i. Yellowish fluid is discharged from the vagina.
ii. Pain during sex and when passing urine.
iii. You are likely to develop a sore throat
iv. Sores may develop in the mouth.
v. Abdominal and pelvic pains.
This condition can only be treated medically and can be avoided by practicing safe sex habits.
6. Trichomonas infection
Trichomonas infection is also known as trichomoniasis. It is known to be caused by a parasite known as Trichomonas Vaginalis and it affects both males and females. It is transmitted through having a sexual intercourse with an infected partner. In women, the symptoms begin to show after about a week from the time of infection and they may also take longer.
Signs and symptoms of trichomonas infection
i. Grey, white, or yellowish frothy discharge from the vagina
ii. A foul smelling vaginal discharge that can also be felt after menstruation.
iii. Sores may appear on and around the genitals.
iv. Pain when passing urine and when having sex.
v. Itchiness, a burning sensation, and inflammation of the vagina.
vi. Frequent urge of urination.
The condition can be treated using antibiotics like tinidazole or metronidazole.
7. Vaginal yeast infection
This is the most common of all sexually transmitted infections in women. Vaginal yeast infection is a fungal infection caused by a fungus known as Candida. The condition causes the vagina to discharge and may also lead to the formation of a white layer of coating on the vaginal walls. The condition also causes itchiness, irritation, and swelling on the vagina.
The condition is treated medically.
Smelly yellow vaginal discharge
In some cases, the yellow vaginal discharge can have an unpleasant odor. This, in most cases, is normally a sure sign of infection. The commonest types of infection that lead to this condition are fungal and bacterial infections.
It is imperative that you seek the services of a medical doctor if you happen to notice that the yellow discharge before your periods is smelly. The doctor will surely help to ascertain the actual cause.
It is also important to note that poor personal hygiene practices can also bring about the bad smell. Try to practice proper personal hygiene. Proper personal hygiene also includes a regulated use of antibiotics and antiseptics. The antibiotics and antiseptics are known to kill the lactobacillus bacteria that exist naturally in the vagina. The lactobacillus bacteria are tasked with the duty of keeping the vagina clean which earns them the name “the good bacteria.” When the lactobacillus bacteria are removed, the harmful bacteria can easily find their way into the vagina, leading to an infection.
Treatment of the yellow discharge before periods
As we earlier mentioned, the different causatives for the different symptoms that accompany a yellow discharge before periods can are handled and cleared by different forms of treatment.
Most people tend to believe that antibiotics are a solution to all such problems. Please note that some of the problems are fungal, viral, and cancerous. If poorly handled, most cases can become cancerous as well. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to visit a medical doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. Early treatment helps to eliminate the chances of greater complications.
Upon proper diagnosis, should the doctor realize that there are no complications; the doctor will certainly release you without any form of treatment. This is normal since some issues can be dealt with by the body itself.
Here are some of the modes of treatment medical doctors use to approach certain conditions of yellow discharges before periods:
Antibiotics can be used to treat bacterial infections. These can be prescribed it the form of oral tablets and syrups or topical application creams and gels. Most antibiotics are readily available in the medical stores as over-the-counter drugs and as prescription drugs too.
There are antifungal drugs that can be used to counter fungal infections. Just as antibiotics, anti fungal drugs are also available as oral tablets and syrups or as topical application creams and gels. In some cases, there are antifungal injections that can be prescribed. This is dependent on the severity of the fungal infection. A number of antifungal medications are also readily available as over-the-counter drugs too.
There are some cases in which inflammation may occur. Such cases of inflammation can be treated using topical anti-inflammatory creams. These creams are known to release a soothing effect.
This can go a long way in reducing pain caused by the inflammation too.
Some cases might also be treated simply by use of certain immune booster drugs. The body’s immune system can be weakened by several different factors. A boost in the immune system might help the body to have an increased ability to deal with most infections.
Certain times, the yellow discharges before the onset of menstruation are influenced by the types of contraceptives being used. In this regard, the medical doctor may advise on a change of contraceptive if need be.
In some cases of sexually transmitted infections, your sexual partner might also require medical attention.
Remember that certain infections like yeast infections can be recurrent and might need repetitive medication.
Home remedies for yellow discharge before periods
Vaginal discharge is a very normal and natural thing that happens to women. Having a yellowish discharge before periods may also be normal but not in all cases. It is okay to try and find a solution at home for the yellow discharge before going for medical attention. Some women experience this all the time and almost always know the cause and when it will occur to them. Here are some of the remedies that might also work for you at home:
1. Apple cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a readily available home remedy for fungal and bacterial infections. Its alkalinity alters the PH level in the body. This eliminates the conducive environment for most harmful bacteria and fungi to thrive. Apple cider vinegar has also been proven to encourage the growth of the lactobacillus bacteria in the vagina.
You need to have equal parts of apple cider vinegar and clean drinking water.
i. Mix the equal parts of the apple cider vinegar and water.
ii. Use the solution to wash your vagina at least twice daily for a week.
iii. You can also take a tablespoon of the apple cider vinegar and drinking water orally.
2. Fig solution
Fig is a natural herb that is known to help rid the body of toxins. Its other properties that have been observed include inducing the quick healing of wounds and the elimination of inflammations on the skin.
In this case, you need to have fig barks, clean drinking water, a sieve, and honey (optional).
i. Grind the fig barks and soak them in the drinking water overnight.
ii. You can add honey to sweeten the solution and drink it before your meals.
iii. You can also use the solution with or without the honey to wash your vagina daily.
Okra is known as a remedy for mucus removal. This substance will help to reduce the amount of the yellow discharge that emanated from the mucus membranes.
All that you may need are okra, clean water, honey, a sieve, and a knife.
i. Take about 300 grams of okras and wash them in clean water then chop the clean okras into small pieces.
ii. Boil the okra pieces in about a liter of water for approximately 30 minutes then let it cool.
iii. Sieve the solution and store it in a cool place, preferably in the refrigerator.
iv. Drink daily for at least a week and you can use the honey as sweetener. You can also use the solution to wash the vagina daily.
Its antiseptic and antioxidant properties make it one of the best remedies for most ailments. Neem has great healing properties and is great for eliminating the bad odor that may accompany the yellow discharge from the vagina.
What you need for this remedy are neem leaves, clean drinking water, and a sieve.
i. Take a handful of the neem leaves and boil them using two cups of water.
ii. Allow the solution to cool then sieve it.
iii. Drink the solution daily or you can use it to rinse your vagina daily.
iv. Repeat the same procedure for at least two weeks for better results.
You can also use the bark of the neem leaves just as in the case of the fig tree bark and still achieve similar results.
Saffron is known the world over as an antiseptic and has ben used over time to treat and disinfect wounds. It is also an antioxidant and an immune booster.
What you need for saffron treatment would be saffron, honey, clean drinking water, and a sieve.
i. Add two teaspoons of saffron to a quarter cup of drinking water and boil until some water evaporates.
ii. Mix one part of the solution to three parts water.
iii. Drink a glass on an empty stomach in the morning.
iv. Drink the concoction daily for at least a week.
6. Indian gooseberry roots (also known as Amla)
The Indian gooseberry plant is known to be an excellent immune booster. It also a natural antiseptic and is able to prevent and clear bacteria especially on wounds. It can also be used as a remedy for the yellow discharge that occurs before periods which could be as a result of a bacterial infection.
What you will need are Indian gooseberry, some clean drinking water, honey (optional), and a sieve.
i. Bring to boil a tablespoon of dried gooseberry roots, for 10 minutes.
ii. Separate the juice from the roots by sieving
iii. You can add honey to sweeten the juice
iv. Drink this juice daily, preferably on an empty stomach every morning for at least one week
7. Fenugreek seeds
Fenugreek seed are alkaline in nature and they can help to balance the PH in the vagina.
What you need are some fenugreek seeds and some clean drinking water.
i. Add some fenugreek roasted and ground powder into a cup of warm water.
ii. Sieve the solution and then use it to rinse the vagina.
iii. Repeat usage for at least two weeks.
Prevention of yellow discharge before periods
The main steps to preventing the yellow discharge before periods is mainly aimed at curbing the infectious causes. There are several ways in which you can prevent the yellow discharge from occurring and they may include the following:
i. Avoid washing the vagina with soap. Soap kills the lactobacillus bacteria and leaves the vagina vulnerable to bacterial attacks.
ii. You need to increase the intake of probiotic foods like pickles and yogurt in order to boost your probiotics.
iii. Avoid wearing tight undergarments which may cause sweating. The sweating normally creates conditions that allow harmful bacteria and fungi to thrive in and around the vagina.
iv. Always wash your vagina with enough clean water especially after urination.
v. You should drink more water to enable the body to flush out toxins through urine.
vi. Always wash your undergarments in warm water and then hang them in the sun to dry.
vii. You should avoid having unprotected sex with multiple partners to reduce the risks of infection.
viii. Change into clean undergarments daily.
ix. Keep your pubic hair trimmed. It is hygienic since the hair trap sweat which can harbor bacteria and fungi.
x. Try and control your intake of sugar and processed foods. Sugar promotes bacterial and fungal growth as the two organisms feed on sugar.
xi. You should also avoid caffeine since it is known to increase vaginal discharge.
Please remember that some of these home remedies might only treat the symptoms but not the cause. It is good to visit a medical doctor for diagnosis and further treatment if the home remedies do not work for you.