Here’s how much vaginal discharge is actually normal
Vaginal discharge can sometimes give clues about what’s up
down there, including if you have any potential health problems.
Vaginal discharge might seem mysterious, but it’s actually just
a mixture of cells and fluid from your vagina and mucus from your cervix.
It has way more of a purpose than just hanging out in your underwear;
discharge is your vagina’s way of cleaning itself, staying moisturized,
and shielding itself from infection and irritation.
The colour of your vaginal discharge goes a long way to determine
the state of your reproductive health and you should
pay attention to it especially when it is not the usual.
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Different colours of vaginal discharge mean different things and just
before you start worrying your pretty head read our complete
guide to what each colour of your discharge means.
Creamy and milky white
A variety of white shades of discharge, from eggshell to cream,
can be normal. Unless your discharge is accompanied by certain
textures or smells, don’t fret too much. A white discharge does
almost the same thing as a clear discharge; to keep your vagina
lubricated during sex and keep your vaginal tissues healthy.
Clear discharge, which can also be whitish, is usually normal.
It may have an egg-white like consistency. It’s also the go-to discharge
a healthy body expels to rebalance itself – because your vagina
is an amazing, self-cleaning organ. This colour usually occurs during
your ovulation, pregnancy or when you are aroused; all absolutely normal.
When white turns to grey, like storm clouds or exhaust, see your doctor.
It could be a sign of bacterial vaginosis, which is a very common
infection in women. Your doctor will likely prescribe
antibacterial ointments or oral antibiotics.
You should get a check-up if any of these discharge colors is accompanied
by itching, pain, burning sensation during urination, a foul odour
and blood discharge unrelated to your menstrual cycle.
Pale yellow to neon green
A very light yellow discharge could be more normal than you think.
Most times it appears in your discharge, your diet is usually the cause.
A green-yellow discharge, on the other hand, could be
a sign of an infection. Have it checked.
Blush to deep pink
Pink discharge, ranging from a very light blush to the deep pink of a sunset,
is often just a sign of the beginning of your cycle. But at other times,
it can be a sign of a serious health problem. Some women usually
see blood discharge after sex, so this could
be another reason for a pinkish discharge.