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Watery discharge that feels like I peed myself – Why?

A watery discharge that makes you feel like you peed yourself can be a normal discharge or an abnormal one due to the presence of a particular medical condition.

You need to know whether your watery discharge is a result of a medical condition or is a normal discharge in order to know the exact steps to take about it. Let us, therefore, explore the topic “watery discharge feels like I peed myself” in detail.

Normal vaginal discharge can feel like pee

The two common discharges that most women are aware of are; urine and menstrual flow. However, apart from these two, the is another form of discharge that can originate from the vagina, uterus, or cervix. This type of discharge has a mild odor and is usually clear or whitish in nature.

You may feel that you have peed yourself when you experience this kind of discharge.

The fluid that flows out of the vaginal canal is known as vaginal discharge. Most women will have such discharges at some point in their lives. Some women get these discharges every day, while others only have them once in a while. 

The normal discharge may look like water, egg whites, or milk. With this discharge, you get the feeling that you might have peed on yourself. However, this is not always the case. This sort of vaginal discharge keeps your vagina clean and infection-free

The discharge is acidic in nature and flushes out harmful organisms and dead cells that may be present in your vagina and help keep the vaginal environment safe while facilitating the growth of healthy bacteria (maintaining the normal flora).

The watery discharge could be a symptom of an infection if you observe any substantial changes in the consistency of your discharge. Continue reading to find out more about watery discharge that feels like urine but may not be normal.

What are the causes of watery discharge that makes you feel like you peed yourself?

Watery discharge is prevalent in the middle of a woman’s menstrual cycle, in the days leading up to ovulation, and in the days following ovulation.

Here are some of the causes of watery discharge that may make you feel like you peed on yourself:

Pregnancy

During pregnancy, many women experience an increase in discharge. The discharge may be colorless or white, and it doesn’t irritate nor does it produce odor. 

While watery discharge is normally unproblematic, other forms of discharge can indicate infection. If you experience pain or itchiness in your vagina, a green discharge, a foul-smelling discharge, a white discharge, etc. seek medical attention. 

It is highly recommended that pregnant women undergo health education concerning measures to help prevent the spread of infections or detect any pathogenic organism harbored and treatment initiated as early as possible.

Check out this video to learn more about discharges during pregnancy.

Hormonal imbalance 

Watery vaginal discharge is a common and healthy aspect of life for some women. To keep women hydrated, their bodies naturally produce lubricant. 

When this watery discharge occurs more frequently than normal, it could indicate an underlying health issue, such as a hormone imbalance. Irregular periods, weariness, thinning hair, thinning skin on the face and body, and watery vaginal discharge are all common symptoms of hormonal imbalance in women. 

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms together with increased vaginal discharge, see your doctor for a gynecological exam to find out what is causing the problem. 

Hormonal imbalances can also cause various types of vaginal discharge throughout the menstrual cycle. During ovulation, for example, you may observe a clear, odorless watery discharge. 

If you are on birth control, however, you might notice a creamy discharge with an odor. When your period is approaching, you may notice different types of discharge because your cervix generates cervical mucus to help prepare for menstruation.

Sexual arousal

Watery discharge can be triggered by sexual excitement. Blood rushes to the vaginal area when you’re sexually stimulated, triggering the release of lubricating secretions. Following sexual intercourse, you may notice an increase in discharge.

Hormonal contraceptives 

During high estrogen states, such as with the use of contraceptives that are estrogen-based (combined hormonal contraception and estrogen replacement therapies), vaginal discharge can increase, and this presents as a side-effect with the use of these contraceptives.  

For a number of women, such discharges tend to be clear and stretchy in their consistency, and are therefore not a problem. 

However, such normal discharges should not be associated with symptoms such as itching and having a strong odor, as these may be indicative of an infection.

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)

Another prevalent cause of vaginal discharges is bacterial vaginosis (BV). BV is caused by a bacterial imbalance in the vaginal area, which leads to an overgrowth of normal vaginal flora. 

More often than not, this presents with an increase in vaginal discharge with a fish-like odor. The discharge appears thin and it is either white or gray. 

BV is not considered a sexually transmitted infection but increases the risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections in women, or the risk of early delivery in pregnant women. 

Some cases may resolve without treatment, others require the use of antibiotics for a prescribed period. There is evidence of the use of probiotics in the prevention or treatment of BV.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis can present with purulent vagina discharge. These infections can also cause itching and burning. 

They may even irritate to the point that it causes the vagina to change shape. These changes can result in the release of yellow or orange vaginal discharge which is sometimes offensive.

Foreign objects 

The presence of a foreign object in the vagina, such as a tampon, condom, or intrauterine device, might cause an increase in vaginal discharge. While a wide range of discharge is typical, some alterations could indicate an infection. 

Seek medical help if you have a yellow or green discharge, a persistent foul odor, swelling around the vulva, or pain around the vaginal opening.

How to manage this condition

It is common and healthy to have a watery discharge. You cannot stop it from happening, but there are ways to deal with it. 

The amount of discharge that builds up in your underwear varies from month to month. It is both uncomfortable and harmful to have too much moisture in your underwear. Bacteria and fungus grow in damp conditions, thus keeping the area dry is critical.

The best technique to deal with excess wetness is to use panty liners and pads. You should be able to keep dry and comfortable by changing them during the day. Deodorant-containing products should be avoided because they can irritate the skin. 

Look for items with the word “unscented” on the label.

Avoid douching (washing the vagina with water or a mixture of fluids to eliminate odors). Douching is not advised since it can result in infection. 

To battle infections, you need healthy “good” bacteria in your vaginal area. These beneficial bacteria are flushed away when you douche, leaving the vaginal membranes vulnerable to infection.

Sexually and non-sexually transmitted infections should be examined by your doctor and treated accordingly with the appropriate medications.

In this video by Cleveland Clinic, yu will learn a few important things about vaginal discharges. Some of the questions that are answered in this question include:

  • What is vaginal discharge?
  • What are the most common causes of vaginal discharge?
  • What does ovulation discharge look like?
  • What does yeast infection discharge look like?
  • What does bacterial vaginosis discharge look like?
  • What are other signs something isn’t right?

It is very important for you to know about the different types of vaginal discharges, their causes, and how to identify them. Watch this video to learn more.

The takeaway from this article

Although a watery discharge can be bothersome, it is usually harmless. This condition can be managed easily. Consult your doctor if you’re concerned about your vaginal discharge that feels like urine. 

Also, if your discharge is green, yellow, or gray, or if the texture or smell has changed, consult your doctor. That could indicate an infection.

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WRITTEN AND EDITED RESPECTIVELY BY:

Michael Sarfo
Content Creator at Wapomu

Michael Sarfo is a graduate of the University of Ghana, Legon. He is a content creator for enochkabange.com and a writer for Wapomu

Dr. Solomon Kwesi Otchere (Pharmacist)
Pharmacist

Dr. Solomon Kwesi Otchere is a Pharmacist by profession in Ghana. He is passionate about informed healthy lifestyle and diet options necessary for preventing many disease conditions. He also empowers patients and clients to make savvy choices on medications needful to promote good health.

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