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Vaginal or Penile White Discharge During and After Sex

Published on May 24, 2022 and last reviewed on Dec 13, 2022   -  4 min read

Abstract

People may have a white discharge before, during, or after sexual activity. This article lists the possible normal and abnormal causes for discharge during and after sex.

Introduction

Urethral discharge is the fluid that exits the penis or vaginal canal. In women, healthy urethral discharge is a clear or white liquid that contains mucus, vaginal secretions, and cell debris, whereas, in men, it contains seminal gland fluids and enzymes. The amount and texture of urethral discharge vary from person to person. For example, during a woman's menstrual cycle, the consistency and color of discharge can alter. Likewise, dietary changes in men can result in a shift in hue and texture. Urethral discharge can occur prior to, during, or following sexual activity.

Is White Vaginal Discharge Normal?

Most of the time, vaginal discharge is an anticipated event. Vaginal discharge is a healthy body function. It is the body's technique of cleaning and safeguarding the vaginal area. It is typical for discharge to increase with sexual desire and ovulation. Birth control tablets and emotional stress can also cause discharge.

Is Penile White Discharge Normal?

White discharge in males is known as semen or cumulus, and it is a typical and expected event. Semen has two functions: it lubricates the penis in preparation for intercourse and removes acids in urine from the penis to increase the sperm survival rate. Although some men can excrete significantly more, most men secrete anything from a few drops to a teaspoon.

What Are the Causes for White Discharge in Women During and After Sex?

Some of the causes of white discharge in women during and after sex are:

  1. Sexual Stimulation - Sexual arousal causes blood flow to the genitals to rise. The blood arteries dilate to make room for the increased blood supply. As a result, swelling of the tissues lining the vaginal canal occurs. Additionally, vaginal glands generate a transparent, runny liquid that promotes the lubrication of the vagina during sex. The inclusion of this arousal fluid may increase the visibility of vaginal discharge into a thickened, precise, or milky white-colored discharge. This form of vaginal discharge is common and does not signal a medical problem.

  2. Squirting - Yes, you heard it right, squirting and ejaculation are not only confined to men; women can squirt and ejaculate as well. Some scientists think that all women ejaculate, but many of them are unaware of it. Because the liquid can travel retrograde into the bladder instead of exiting the body. Squirting releases a fluid that can mimic white discharge, hence often confused.

  3. Menstruation Cycle Changes - The amount and texture of vaginal discharge are affected by hormonal shifts throughout the menstrual cycle. The release may be heavy and white at the start and end of the menstrual cycle. It may be transparent and elastic during ovulation. All of this is typical and nothing to be concerned about.

  4. Bacterial Infection - Bacterial vaginosis can cause sex-related discharge to be more visible. It arises when the vaginal pH fluctuates, disturbing the vaginal bacteria's healthy equilibrium. Bacterial vaginosis can result in discharge that is off-white or gray. Other signs and symptoms of vaginosis include painful urination and an itchy or burning sensation in the vaginal area.

  5. STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) - Unprotected sexual activity is the leading cause of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Both chlamydia and gonorrhea are sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that can cause peculiar white vaginal discharge.

What Are the Causes for White Discharge in Men During and After Sex?

Some of the causes for white discharge in men during and after sex are -

  1. Sexual Stimulation or Arousal - Ejaculation, which occurs during sexual stimulation and intercourse, is an example of healthy penile discharge. Penile discharge that is not caused by sexual excitement could suggest an underlying health problem.

  2. UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections) - An abnormal penile discharge can be caused by bacterial and fungal infections of the urinary system and urethra.

  3. STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) - In some STIs, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, penile discharge can appear pale white or murky.

What Are the Symptoms of a Vaginal or Penile Discharge Issue?

These symptoms may indicate an issue with a discharge:

  • A change in odor, a particularly unpleasant one.

  • A change in hue, especially anything greenish, grayish, or pus-like.

  • A different texture, such as bubbly or cottage cheese-like.

  • Itching, burning, puffiness, or redness in the genital area.

  • Spotting or bleeding in the vaginal area that is not associated with a menstrual period.

What Is Smegma, and Is It Normal?

Smegma is a thick, white material that forms behind the foreskin of an uncircumcised penis. Skin cells, oils, and fluids make up this substance. The penile tip is hydrated and lubricated by smegma. When basic hygiene procedures are not followed, it might result in discomfort. Smegma is not technically a discharge, although it resembles a white penile discharge and is perfectly natural because the elements come from one's own body.

What Is the Treatment for an Unusual White Discharge?

Abnormal white discharge is a white discharge with an unusual hue, order, or consistency and is connected with symptoms such as pain. The treatment's goal is as follows:

  • Diagnosing and Treating STDs - STD (sexually transmitted disease) should be ruled out as a possible cause of the irregular discharge. Antibiotics are required for treatment. The patient's sexual history plays a significant role in diagnosing an STD, as penetrative intercourse is not the only cause of STDs. Receiving oral sex and engaging in nonintercourse behaviors are two other ways to get them. Furthermore, some STDs might not cause symptoms right away. Even if you have not had any sexual interaction in months, you could still have an STD.

  • Sensitive and Specific Antibiotics - A broad-spectrum antibiotic or a known organism-specific antibiotic can be used to treat unusual white penile or vaginal discharge caused by urinary tract infections or urethritis.

  • Patient Education - Few people who do not practice hygiene may have discomfort due to the white discharge. Nevertheless, education and basic hygiene practices can help one overcome this.

Conclusion:

Healthy post-sex discharge in females is a mix of cervical mucus and vaginal secretions, whereas it may contain seminal fluid and sperm in males. During arousal, people may experience increased vaginal or penile discharge. Vaginal discharge continuously changes throughout the menstrual cycle, but penile discharge occurs only during sexual activity. Consult a doctor if any vaginal or penile discharge is foul-smelling or strangely pigmented, as these signs and symptoms may indicate an underlying health problem.

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