Dictionary HealthFemale Reproductive SystemLeukorrhea Leukorrhea Reviewed by Dr. Temeka Zore OB/GYN, REI View our Editorial Policy Published: January 1, 2017 What Does Leukorrhea Mean? Leukorrhea is the medical term for normal vaginal discharge, but the term frequently refers to the normal vaginal discharge that appears during early pregnancy, typically around the 13th week of pregnancy. Leukorrhea may be referred to as pregnancy discharge. FertilitySmarts Explains Leukorrhea Leukorrhea is caused by the increased production of estrogen, and the increased flow of blood to the pelvic region. What does leukorrhea do? The purpose of leukorrhea is to maintain the acidic pH in the vagina that prevents the build of bacteria in the vaginal canal and reduce the chance of infection in the vagina. This protects the fetus during pregnancy and delivery. Is leukorrhea an early sign of pregnancy? Leukorrhea is a possible sign of early pregnancy, but it is not predictive of pregnancy as there are other reasons it may appear. It can also appear in women who are not pregnant. What should leukorrhea look like? Normal vaginal discharge during pregnancy often has a similar consistency to what is experienced between periods, but potentially heavier. It may be described as: White, milky, or clear Smooth, thin and somewhat stretchy Odorless or mild in scent What is abnormal discharge? Abnormal vaginal discharge may indicate infection. A physician should evaluate leukorrhea that appears: Yellow or green in color Has a strong smell Contains blood Occurs along with vaginal itching or pain Share This Term> Related Terms Cervical Mucus Related Reading Identifying Stages of Cervical Mucus 14 Onesies that Celebrate IVF Babies IVF Pregnancy Announcements Fertility Podcasts Relatable Words After a Miscarriage Let’s Stop Arguing About Whether or Not Stress Causes Infertility Tags Trying Pregnancy Health Female Reproductive System Trending Articles Pregnancy IVF Pregnancy Announcements Egg Retrieval From Eggs to Blastocysts: Understanding IVF Attrition Cervical Mucus Identifying Stages of Cervical Mucus Artificial Insemination (AI) Implantation Calendar: What is Happening During the Two Week Wait?