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unsure if its discharge or a yeast infection was ttc

By Anonymous September 10, 2009 - 10:25am
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my vagina is not itching nor burning but there is white tissue like stuff coming out of it that kind of smells is it a yeast infection 2 to 3 days after my cycle went off i have been trying to conceive and i want to know if it is a infection will it cause me not to become pregnant or any other problems or is the white stuff a sign that my period is coming on soon which should begin next week this is the first time i experience it

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Hi, Lita, and let me see if I can help with the infection part of your question.

From what you describe, it sure could be. But most yeast infections do have more symptoms -- for instance, the burning or itching that you don't have, or painful urination or painful intercourse.

Have you been on any antibiotics lately? That's one thing that can increase your chances of having a yeast infection. Here are some others:

◦Situations that can cause hormonal changes, such as:
Birth control pills
◦Diabetes , especially when blood sugar is not well controlled
◦A compromised immune system, such as with HIV infection
◦Perfumed feminine hygiene sprays, deodorant tampons, or bubble bath
◦Tight jeans, synthetic underwear, or a wet swimsuit

Did your discharge look clumpy like cottage cheese? Or was it smoother, and more cloudy? If it's more like cottage cheese, the chances increase that it's a yeast infection. If it's more like the second, it's probably more of a normal discharge (we often can have cloudy/white discharges from the cervix before they turn clear and egg-white-like, which signals ovulation).

Here's our EmpowHer page on yeast infections. It also talks about treatment:


It shouldn't affect your ability to try to conceive, but if it's a yeast infection you do want to treat it. Here's some information on that:


Good luck to you, and be sure to come tell us when you have good news!!

October 2, 2009 - 8:15am
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ok i made a mistake and deleted my first question and i don't know how to delete the comments i got for that question but the question i just posted about the infection is what i need answers for....

September 30, 2009 - 4:51pm
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You're very welcome!

And if you have some good news to share anytime - be sure to share it here too! We wish you the best!

September 11, 2009 - 1:45pm
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Dear Lita

Thanks for your question and welcome!

I'm sorry you have dealt with a miscarriage. I know how painful it is. I hope you have a good support system at home.

With regard to knowing when you are ovulating - it's tricky when you are not regular.

You can purchase an ovulation predictor kit (sold in grocery/drug stores in the same section as pregnancy tests) and these help many women. You can also track your basil body temperature.

To learn more about that and other ways to track ovulation and your monthly cycle in general, Krisha McCoy, MS (an EmpowHer contributor and medical writer) has an excellent article for you :

On average, a woman’s menstrual cycle is 28 days long, but it can vary—from approximately 17-36 days. Day 1 of your menstrual cycle begins on the first day of your period. Between Day 7 and 11, the lining of your uterus begins to thicken, preparing for a fertilized egg to implant. Around Day 14 of a 28-day cycle, changes in hormones cause a mature egg to be released from an ovary and travel down a fallopian tube toward your uterus. It is here that a sperm may fertilize the egg, and if this occurs and the egg attaches to the lining of the uterus, pregnancy occurs.

When trying to get pregnant, it is helpful to know when the egg is released, as that is the best time to achieve a pregnancy. The table below describes four of the most common methods that can be used to track when you are most fertile each month.

Method Description
Basal body temperature This method involves taking your basal body temperature (BBT) each morning at the same time before you get out of bed and recording it on a chart . For this method you will need to purchase a BBT thermometer at a drug store for about $10, since the thermometer must be accurate enough to detect temperature changes of at least 1/10 of a degree. During your menstrual cycle, your body temperature is lower (96-98ºF) until ovulation. On the day of ovulation, your temperature will rise between 0.4 and 0.8ºF, and remain at that level until your period starts. Once your temperature stays at this higher level (97-99ºF) for three days, it is likely that you ovulated. Your most fertile days are the 2-3 days before your temperature hits its highest point, and the 12-24 hours after you have ovulated. Since you may not see the temperature rise until the day after ovulation, this method is best used to track your ovulation pattern over the course of a few months and begin to learn how to predict when you will ovulate.

With the calendar method, you will use a calendar to track your menstrual cycle for 8-12 months. Circle Day 1 (the first day of your period) on the calendar. Since cycle lengths can vary, make a list of the number of days of your cycle each month (i.e., Day 1 through the day before your next period).
◦To find the first day when you are the most fertile, subtract 18 from your shortest cycle, and mark an X on your calendar on this day of each cycle. (For example, if your shortest cycle was 27 days, the first day you are the most fertile will be Day 9 of your cycle; 27-18=9.)
◦To find the last day you are fertile, subtract 11 from your longest cycle and draw an X through this date. (For example, if your longest cycle was 29 days, the last day you are fertile will be Day 18 of your cycle; 29-11=18.)
Since this method cannot pinpoint the exact day you ovulate, it should be used in combination with other methods.
Cervical mucus If you use the cervical mucus method, you will track changes in your cervical mucus (the fluid at the opening of your cervix) during your cycle. Hormonal changes that control ovulation also affect the type and quantity of cervical mucus. Right after your period, there will be a few days of little or no mucus, known as “dry days.” As the egg starts to mature, the quantity of mucus increases, and is usually white or yellow and cloudy and sticky. Just before ovulation (the “wet days”), the greatest amount of mucus appears, and it will be clear, slippery, and sometimes stretchy, similar to raw egg whites. Again, your most fertile days are just before and just after ovulation.

Ovulation predictor kit
There are a variety of ovulation prediction kits available in drug stores. These kits measure the amount of luteinizing hormone (LH) in your urine, and use this information to determine when you ovulate. There are two types of kits:
◦One type is used to measure LH for the days during your menstrual cycle you are most likely to be fertile (see the calendar method above). A package of 5-9 tests costs $15-$30, and you can expect to spend $15-$70 per month.
◦The other type of kit measures your LH level daily, and tells you when your fertility is low, high, and peak. These testing machines cost around $170, and a month’s worth of test strips cost about $50.

Lita, does this help you?

September 11, 2009 - 11:54am
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Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

Thanks alot your message was very helpful I didn't know there were many diff. things you can do to tell when you are ovulated again thank you I really appreciate it :)

September 11, 2009 - 1:28pm
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