Reviewed by Dr. Temeka Zore OB/GYN, REICheckmark
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

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