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J. Alfie, Content Writer, Masters in Literature, Dallas,Texas
Answered Dec 04, 2020
A mucus plug is a plug that serves as a seal or barrier for the uterus, a hollow organ that holds the fetus during pregnancy. The mucus plug's function inhibits the invasion and the penetration of undesirable organisms, such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites into the uterus. It keeps the baby safe. A vaginal discharge, on the other hand, during pregnancy, there is an odorless and whitish discharge called leukorrhea, which also occurs before pregnancy.
This discharge is because of medicine, enhanced production of female hormones, estrogen, and a significant blood flow to the vagina. The discharge is comprised mainly of properties from the cervix and vaginal walls. The mucus plug is also made up of cervical emissions created to become a barrier during pregnancy. The mucus plug looks white and may have a bit of blood. The mucus plug remains there until the mother is ready to give birth.
Discharges that you should discuss with your doctor include an odorless and whitish discharge from your vagina, which is most likely a yeast infection. With this condition, there is discomfort throughout intercourse or urination, tenderness, and itchiness. If there is a fish-like odor after sex, then you should presume that it is microbial vaginosis. If there is a green or yellow secretion that smells funny, it may be trichomoniasis, a sexually transmitted infection.
During pregnancy, a mucus plug is produced to seal the uterus to stop microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses from gaining entrance into the uterus. It is a form of protection for the baby. A vagina discharge, on the other hand, can also be experienced during pregnancy. It comes out in the form of a whitish, odorless liquid. This liquid discharge can also come before pregnancy. A vagina discharge can be caused by so many things. Most times, vagina discharge occurs when there is an increase in the production of some female hormones. For instance, an increase in the production of estrogen can cause a vagina discharge. It can also occur if there is an increased flow of blood to the vagina. Substances from the vagina walls and cervix are what usually make up the discharge. The mucus plug is also a product of cervical secretion. When it is secreted, it acts as a barrier to stop harmful organisms and other materials from entering the uterus.
There are a lot of people who are not sure what the differences between mucus plugs and vaginal discharge. It is quite normal for people who are pregnant to have vaginal discharge. There are also some women who are not pregnant who will also experience vaginal discharge. Some are quite normal, especially when the discharge is clear, but some would need to be checked out if, for example, they have a green discharge. The mucus plug is a type of discharge that would look like jelly. It can also appear a bit stringy. There are also some mucus plugs that are a bit bloody or pinkish in color.
There are a lot of women who will experience having vaginal discharge, especially when they are pregnant. This can make it harder for women to know if the mucus plug has already been released. You will be able to distinguish a mucus plug when you see something that is similar to discharge, but it will look like it is made out of jelly. It may also be thicker as compared to the typical discharge. Another thing that you will notice about the mucus plug is its appearance may be a bit different. The discharge can be a bit clear, but there may be times when it can also be bloody. This is considered normal. It is best to have discharge checked, especially if you feel that it is a bit abnormal from your usual.
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C. Adlai, Software Developer, B.E (Bachelor of Engineering), California, USA
Answered Jul 20, 2020
Some people may assume that a mucus plug is something that has come from your ear, but this is not true at all. A mucus plug is something that can be released by the cervix. Vaginal discharge will also go out of the vagina, but there is a difference with the way that these things look like. A mucus plug will look like it is made out of jelly. It is not surprising at all if it would appear to be stringy. Vaginal discharge is normally very watery, although it would depend on whether your reproductive system is healthy or not. Regular checkups will always help to ensure that all types of discharge that you are experiencing are normal. A mucus plug may sometimes appear to be bloody.