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pink35
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Hello! I was recently reading your On the Rag: A Guide to Menstruation article and I had a question pertaining to that article.
The Secretory Phase
This follows right after ovulation, and is when the progesterone increases (and part of what that does is signal the body not to release any more eggs!). It continues to increase and then hold still unless an egg was fertilized in this cycle; if it wasn't, progesterone will increase until you begin a menstrual period and then it'll drop as you begin your next cycle.
This is said in the article and I was just confused as to if my discharge was thick and chalky like it says in the article and then I am in a "dry phase" where I am having little to no discharge is this normal a week before my period is supposed to start? thank you for your time and help! I really like how this website is aimed to help people and give people the correct information.

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Allie R
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Hi there pink35,

Vaginal discharge can be a very finicky thing. It's hard to be able to determine where exactly you are in your cycle solely based on checking your discharge over the past couple of days- you would need to chart it over several months, or even years, to really get familiar with your cycle and what parts of it correlate with what types of discharge. Our bodies tend to all work a little differently.

With that said, in all likelihood it would be normal to be experiencing that type of discharge prior to your period. You are most familiar with your body and its workings, so if something were to change drastically and randomly, such that you would notice, that may be something to look into.

I'll also leave this article here for you to read, incase you're interested in reading a little about vaginal discharge: Honorably Discharged: A Guide to Vaginal Secretions

Hope this helps!

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okay, so would this dry phase be considered part of a normal cycle or average cycle for most women or is this part of something else? sorry I am just a little bit confused as to what you mean. thank you for your help!
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Yes, it is part of a normal cycle.

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okay thank you! this wouldn't be happening if I had a possibility of pregnancy then correct?
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Not necessarily, because changes in discharge don't occur in a pregnancy until a while into it.

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To add to what Allie has said: it's impossible to tell just from discharge whether you're pregnant. We've gone through the information on pregnancy risks with you many, many times, and we have made it clear that we will not continue to do so. This is a hard limit and we need you to respect it.

If you are still concerned about pregnancy, then you need to take a pregnancy test - if not enough time has passed for one to be accurate, then you need to seek emotional support from someone else until you can test. (For instance, the cousin you mentioned in another thread that you feel comfortable talking to.)

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I did not mean for that to go to the pregnancy risk, I was just asking to see if this was normal for many women. thank you for the help
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You're welcome.

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