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meant to have period but have white discharge instead why? what does this mean?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Sexually active? If : Yes take a pregnancy test. When pregnant, vaginal discharge is thin, white ; milky. But because this is not a diagnostic symptom, a pregnancy test should be taken if you miss your period. Leukorrhea is normal vaginal discharge (d/c). D/c is composed of cellular debris, vaginal secretions ; bacteria ; is stimulated by ^ vaginal blood flow ; ^ estrogen. D/c ^ is seen w ovulation (clear/stretchy), .
Answered on Oct 27, 2013
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
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Clear/watery or white d/c both occur during menstrual cycle.& pregnancy (white/ milky). It can be thin or thick & white to yellowish. Leukorrhea usually doesn't cause an odor. If you have a discharge which causes redness, itching, burning, swelling or foul odor – please have it checked.
Oct 27, 2013

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