Vaginal Discharge After Sex: What is it? Should You be Worried?

One of the common questions women ask is what is the thing with the white discharge coming out from their genitals after sex. It can happen to anyone.

You’ve been sexually active for years, but it is the first time you notice vaginal discharge after sex. And while your initial reaction might be to panic, you should calm down and look at the situation.

First of all, all women have some vaginal discharge. You should always consult your gynecologist, but here are some things that might be happening.

What is normal?

The function of vaginal discharge is an important part of the female reproductive system [1]. Female glands inside the cervix and the vagina secrete fluid to get rid of bacteria and dead cells [2].

In a way, vaginal discharge is a way for your body to keep your genital health. The discharge keeps the vagina clean and helps prevent any genital infections.
Vaginal discharge is perfectly normal. It can vary in colour, odour, and amount. In terms of discharge after sex, it usually ranges from milky white to clear in terms of colour [3]. The discharge can be more prevalent during breastfeeding, sexual arousal, and ovulation.
The discharge is a great indicator of what is happening down. Once you know what is normal, you will always be able to tell if something is wrong.

There are many reasons why you might be experiencing abnormal discharge after sex. Some of them are harmless, but some need to be carefully evaluated.

Here are the causes of vaginal discharge:

  • Birth control pills
  • Diabetes
  • Yeast infection
  • Antibiotics or steroids
  • Vaginal atrophy
  • Douching
  • Pelvic infection
  • Cervical cancer
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Use of scented soaps, lotions, and bubble baths

Vaginal discharge after sex is usually transparent, and there is a lot of it [4]. It can mean a different thing, and usually, it depends on the color. The discharge can be pink, white, brown, and yellow.

Let’s look at them in depth.

White vaginal discharge after sex

As mentioned previously, white vaginal discharge after sex is perfectly normal [5]. This is the normal discharge that happens on a regular basis.

In most cases, white discharge is a result of regular vaginal lubrication. When your body is sexually aroused, thin and clear fluid is secrete to aid the act of intercourse. As a result, the intercourse is comfortable and pleasurable for both parties (you and your partner).

White discharge after sex might also be sign of ejaculation, both male and female. Male ejaculation results in discharge if you are having unprotected sex. It is likely that the fluid is male ejaculation.

Sexual arousal can also cause female ejaculation in the form of watery fluid secretion. Not all women ejaculate when they are aroused, and in some cases, it happens even without having an orgasm.

What you are seeing might also be cervical mucus, as the cervix produces different types of mucus throughout your cycle [6].

While all these are normal, there are situations when white discharge after sex is a cause of concern. Yeast infection, when there is change in the pH levels in the vagina, encourages yeast to grow in numbers.

The result is white and clumpy discharge, followed by itching and burning sensation in the vaginal area. Bacterial vaginosis can also result in white discharge followed by fishy odor.

Creamy white discharge is also one of the early signs of pregnancy [7]. It has either mild odor, or no odor at all.

Pink Discharge after sex

In most cases, having pink vaginal discharge after sex is not a cause for concern. However, you should always be careful and watch for other symptoms.

Depending on the symptoms accompanying pink discharge, you might need to schedule a visit to the doctor. Pink discharge is usually a sign for presence of blood. It is not always a bad thing. But in some cases, you need to be precautious.

For example, if pink discharge is a result of trauma. During rough sex, the vagina may become traumatized. As a result, your genitals will secrete discharge with blood, followed by acute pain.

During menopause, vaginal atrophy can cause pink discharge. The cervical fluids secreted during intercourse now begin to decrease.

As a result, the trauma to the blood vessels produce light bleeding. Use enough lubrication to avoid it.

At the beginning and end of the period, pink fluid might be expelled after sex. Same during pregnancy, when bleeding is mostly normal after intercourse.

Should you worry?

Here are the situations in which you need to worry if you notice pink discharge after sex:

  • Heavy bleeding
  • Pain accompanying the bleeding
  • Lower abdominal pain and pelvic pain
  • Vaginal bleeding after menopause is over
  • Irregular spotting that happens for more than three menstrual cycles
  • The abnormal bleeding between periods lasts for than three days

Brown discharge after sex

As with white and pink discharge after sex, brown is mostly harmless. In most cases, brown discharge happens when there is old blood being expelled, and it can happen at any time, sex or no sex. That being said, here are all the causes of brown discharge.

Brown discharge is common during ovulation, as the uterine cells slough off. During implantation, when the embryo attaches to the uterus, brown spotting is also normal. Blood from minor blood vessels accumulates in the cervix and is then expelled.

Stress is one of the causes that can affect the color of your discharge. Change in emotions in general, as well as use of stimulates, can affect your cycle.

Stress hormones impact the sex hormones and that leads to your menstrual cycle being affected. The result is brown discharge. Taking birth control pills is another cause of brown discharge, especially if you use them on a regular basis.

And while brown discharge is perfectly normal, there are symptoms that might sound the alarm. Those are frequent urination, odor, uttering bleeding dysfunction, burning, itching, rash, vaginal dryness, and pain during intercourse.

Yellow discharge after sex

While pink, white, and brown discharge is mostly normal, yellow discharge is never a good thing. Yellow discharge is usually a sign of STD or another issue.

Yellow discharge can mean you have gonorrhea (symptoms including pelvic pain, spotting after sex, burning at urination, swelling of the vulva, and bleeding between periods), chlamydia (symptoms include burning, bleeding in between periods, itching, painful intercourse, fever, abdominal pain, and discomfort while urinating), or a yeast infection with symptoms like foul odor, soreness of the vulva, itching, and burning sensation in the genital area [8].

Vaginal Discharge After Sex: What is it? Should You be Worried?

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