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Over the past year, I've noticed a strange, unpleasant vaginal odor as well as more wetness/discharge during ovulation as well as right after my period. The odor is so strong as times, I can smell it. Is this normal? Is there anything I can do to prevent the odor? Or should I see a doctor? FYI I am a 44 year old healthy woman, never had a baby. I've also been taking probiotics daily for the past 2 years. Not sure if that has any effect?
Cervical discharge changes are based on our estrogen progesterone balance and where you are in your cycle. At the beginning of your cycle or when you start your period, your estrogen levels are low and you should have little to no cervical discharge. Leading up to ovulation your estrogen levels are rising and you may notice a creamier texture to your discharge which is typically an eggshell color. Normal cervical discharge usually has a subtle acidic odor to it as well. At ovulation your discharge is usually at its peak in terms of volume and has a stickier, slippery texture and can be eggwhite in color. A day or two after ovulation your estrogen levels drop and progesterone takes over – here your cervical discharge quickly lightens and for some it can totally stop. It’s important to note that there is a large variation in this pattern – some women produce more discharge and others less and this is not an abnormal reflection of your menstrual health. If you are having discharge that is different from your usual or if your discharge is green, grey or has a fishy or foul odor to it you may have a vaginal infection – in that case I would reach out to your primary care provider to discuss your symptoms.