Facts about Vaginal discharge
Vaginal discharge is the fluid that comes out of a woman’s vagina. Usually, it’s clear or whitish. The consistency of vaginal discharge can vary between thick and almost crumbly or even be similar to egg-white.
It is totally normal to discharge this fluid. Most women have it at least sometimes. Some women have discharge all the time, and yet others never have discharge.
The discharge is a way in which the vagina cleans itself from all the bacteria, dead cells and other harmful substances.
Over the course of your menstrual cycle, vaginal discharge changes considerably. For most days, it is sticky, milky, and whitish. When a woman is ovulating and fertile, the discharge becomes clear and more gel-like. It’s also normal to have more discharge when you are ovulating, breastfeeding or very aroused. Women who go through menopause will usually have less discharge.
However, if you see any drastic changes in smell, colour or quantity, especially in combination with itching, pain or redness, it could be a sign of infection. In that case, you must consult your doctor and get it checked.
Infections and STDs can affect the colour or odour of your discharge. It may change even if you are taking antibiotics or using a new birth control method. Overdoing female genital hygiene (or not doing enough) can cause issues. Medical conditions, such as cervical cancer or diabetes can affect it.
Always keep an eye on your discharge as it communicates a lot about your health.
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