White Discharge After IUI

White Discharge After IUI
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Symptoms are a part of your IUI procedure, and you are bound to have some in one way or another. The only thing you need to do is identify whether it is a positive or negative symptom. 

You might experience several symptoms after an IUI procedure. Most of them are temporary and will disappear after a few days. One such symptom is having a white discharge after the procedure. 

Experiencing vaginal discharge a few days after IUI can be scary and make you worry about your pregnancy. In this article, we will discuss all about white discharge after IUI and understand why you experience these symptoms. Read till the end to learn more. 

What Is White Discharge After IUI?

White discharge after IUI is experiencing white, milky discharge from your vagina. It is normal for you to sometimes mistake it for the injected sperm, making you worry about your IUI results. 

It is actually a common misconception that women have regarding white discharge after insemination. They think that it is the injected sperm that is spilling out from their vagina. 

This is completely untrue. During insemination, the sperm is injected deeply into your uterus. So, there is no chance of “leaking.”

Reasons For The White Discharge After IUI

If you wish to find out the real reasons for white discharge after IUI, here are some of those reasons. Most times, if you experience white discharge after insemination, it might be due to one or more of the following reasons. 

1. Residual Fluids

Before insemination, your doctor will use a sterile solution to wash your vagina. The sperm will also be processed and mixed with a solution when it is injected into your uterus. 

If you experience any white discharge after IUI, there are chances it might be the residual fluids from the solution that are flowing out of your vagina. 

2. Cervical Mucus

Cervical mucus is a discharge responsible for maintaining vaginal health, maintaining pH levels, and preventing germs from entering your vagina. It can also be secreted due to hormonal changes. 

If you experience white discharge after insemination, it might be the cervical mucus that is released from your vagina.

3. Hormonal Changes

During IUI, there are chances you are given fertility medications to stimulate the ovaries to produce eggs. These hormonal changes can cause white vaginal discharge during and after the procedure.

4. Inflammation Or Irritation

During the insemination procedure, there are chances the catheter might hurt your vagina, cervix, or other parts. This can cause inflammation or irritation, which can lead to increased vaginal discharge. 

How Long Does White Discharge After IUI Last?

The duration and consistency of the white discharge after IUI differs for each woman. Generally, you will experience white discharge for a few days after IUI. 

You don’t need to panic as this is absolutely normal and does not cause any complications.

When To Consult A Doctor?

Having white discharge after IUI is absolutely normal. However, you might need to consult your fertility doctor if you experience any of the following issues. 

  • If the discharge does not decrease even after some days
  • If the discharge increases in consistency
  • If the discharge changes color to gray, dark yellow, or green and has a foul smell
  • If you feel pain and irritation in your vagina

Conclusion

It is normal for you to experience certain symptoms after the insemination procedure. Most times, they are not harmful and will reduce or disappear after a few days. 

However, if you experience some painful or recurrent symptoms, don’t panic. Contact your fertility doctor and understand what you should do. 

It will be better for you to understand the entire procedure, its complications, and possible side effects before you start the procedure. This can help you be prepared for whatever you might experience during the procedure. 

FAQs

After IUI, it is normal for you to experience vaginal discharge for a few days. A normal discharge appears colorless, white, or light yellow in color. It has a thin, watery, or creamy consistency and is usually odorless or has a mild odor. 

Yes, it is normal for you to have white discharge some days after IUI. It might be the residual fluids or cervical mucus that is coming out of your vagina. 

Here are some of the most common factors that cause vaginal discharge after IUI.

  • Residual fluid after IUI procedure
  • Cervical mucus
  • Inflammation or irritation
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Dr. Rukkayal Fathima

Dr Rukkayal Fathima, India's Leading Gynaecologist and the best fertility doctor in Chennai. She has 11+ years of experience and treated 1000+ patients. She finished her M. S., Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the Institute of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (Madras Medical College), Chennai. She is a visiting consultant at St. Isabelle Hospital, Motherhood Hospital, Rainbow Hospital & Mehta Hospital. Dr Rukkayal Fathima specialises in Obstetrics care, Early Pregnancy Scan, IVF, ICSI, TESA/Micro TESE, Menopause advice, Gynaecological surgeries and endoscopy. She is a Co-Founder of Hive Fertility, the Best Fertility Center in Chennai.

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