Vaginal Discharge: What’s Normal, What’s Not

Every woman experiences vaginal discharge throughout her life in varying degrees of intensity. For some, the discharge may be light and odour-free, whereas for others it tends to be more frequent just before the menstrual period.

For still others, their discharge is so predictable that women use them for family planning in the Ovulation Method. This method requires women to check the texture of their discharge to know whether they are ovulating or in the fertile period.

Women who want to prevent pregnancy will avoid sexual intercourse when their discharge is clear, click and stretchy, like uncooked egg white. For those who are trying for a baby, this is the best time to increase bedroom activities!

Although discharge is a normal occurrence in every woman, it can also be an indicator that something is not right. Here is a general guide on what’s normal and what’s not in your discharge:

Normal discharge is:

  • Clear
  • Cloudy white
  • Slightly yellowish stain on underwear
  • May become thick and stringy at times due to hormonal changes caused by the menstrual period, stress, menopause, pregnancy, medications or sexual arousal
  • Odourless
  • More apparent in mid-cycle of menses

Changes to your discharge can be an indication of an infection, sexually transmitted disease or other conditions. See a doctor when you experience the following:

  • Changes in colour of discharge
  • Unusually heavy discharge
  • Itching, rashes and soreness at the vagina
  • Burning feeling during urination
  • Whitish, thick discharge (like cottage cheese)
  • Fishy, offensive odour
  • Increased urination
  • Greenish or frothy discharge

Treatment is easy and painless, so pick up your courage to see medical attention if you suspect you have a vaginal infection of some sort. There is no need to suffer the pain and discomfort.

KNOW YOUR VAGINA

The vagina is one of the most sensitive parts of a woman’s body, and for a good cause because it serves as a doorway to the reproductive organs. The pH level at the vagina region is usually a little acidic due to certain bacteria that reside at the nether regions. The acidic levels also prevent infections from happening. To keep your vagina healthy, avoid using harsh soap and douching because it has a auto-cleansing mechanism. Use a gentle feminine wash that are specially designed for vagina care.

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