I've seen the article about types of, but I'm still unsure about something. My vaginal secretions sort of change throughout the month before my period. I'm sexually active and my boyfriend and I tested free of HIV and STDs. Though sometimes my secretions are white and gooey, almost like stretchy, but not really sticky mucus from your nose and throat. Also sometimes it has sort of a paste-like texture to it with not exactly "chunks" but a noticible texture almost similar to paste. It does not smell foul at all, just like how it's normally supposed to smell. Is this caused by poor diet? I've been working on a healthier diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, but it seems to stay the same. Also it seems to sometimes have a bit of an odor whenever I eat something very heavy in onion or garlic.
Could someone help explain this possibly? Thanks!
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That all sounds normal. Though if your discharge ever seems like cottage cheese, or starts smelling yeasty (like bread, or... yeast, if you've ever made breads) or foul, get into the doctor and get it checked out.
But vaginal discharge does change throughout your cycles, based on where in your cycle you are (for example, right after your period your discharge will be different than when you're in the middle of your cycle or right before your period).
(And also, I think, if I'm thinking correctly, both onions and garlics are types of foods that can sort of affect the way your body smells/tastes for a while til it gets out of your system, so that doesn't sound all too weird, either)
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The discharge is supposed to change as your cycle goes on. Different levels of hormones, different internal activities, different discharge.
Food affects discharge to some degree--it's not enough to change flavor by any means, but like everything, some foods make the body produce different odors.
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I was just reading your post, and i wanted to let you know of a really good book that i just got on a womans cycle, and how her vaginal secretions change through out it.
The name of the book is "Cycle Savy The Smart Teen's Guide to the Mysteries of Her Body" By Toni Weschler, MPH National Best Selling Women's Health Author
It is really, really helpful, and even tells you how to chart changes in your cycle.
Depending on where you live, you can get it at a Barnes & Noble bookstore.. if you have one near you. If not, and you're interested in purchasing it, you can always search the name of the book and author online.
And just from this info i have gotten in my book, you're discharge sounds perfectly normal, and i know exactly what you're talking about. Mine becomes pastey depending on where i am in my cycle.
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