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What is Vaginal discharge?

what is vaginal discharge

When you reach puberty, you will start noticing a whitish sticky fluid in your undergarment. What is it and why do you have it?

What is Vaginal Discharge?

You will start having discharge almost a year before your first period. Visible on your underwear, this white or transparent substance is produced by the body throughout the menstrual cycle. Discharge is a normal occurrence and won’t go away until after you stop having your period.

You will typically have about 4 milliliters of discharge (almost a teaspoon) daily. However, as this amount varies and is only an estimate, as you may experience only a little discharge from time to time, or significant discharge every day.

What does it look like?

Discharge varies in color and texture throughout your menstrual cycle and depends on the hormone levels in your body. These variations are normal, and even important, because they help predict what phase of your cycle you’re in. For instance, discharge is transparent and very fluid at the beginning of your cycle, and then becomes thicker and slightly yellow towards the end. It also increases in density and volume during ovulation.

Healthy discharge has a mild scent or no scent at all. It may cause uncomfortable dampness, but never a feeling of itchiness or soreness. If, on the other hand, your discharge is associated with irritation, pain or itching, it may be a sign of a more serious condition and you should see your doctor.

Why do you have vaginal discharge?

As uncomfortable as it may be, this substance flowing out of your vagina every day serves a good purpose. It’s actually a sign that your vagina is functioning properly. Have you ever wondered how your vagina cleans itself? Well, here’s your answer. The vagina has the incredible ability to self-clean. And discharge is its perfect tool. In fact, discharge “washes away” unwanted substances such as old cells, tissues, or even viruses and bacteria to keep your vagina in perfect condition. Also, as discharge is slightly acidic, it naturally fights germs, thus playing an important role in protecting you from infections. During ovulation, discharge becomes abundant and stretchy. The aim of this discharge is to help sperm reach the released egg, to help you get pregnant.

How can I deal with it?

It can certainly be annoying to deal with discharge suddenly flowing onto your panties. But getting through the day feeling fresh and confident is really easy. CAREFREE® Pantyliners are amazingly thin pads that help absorb all dampness letting you feel fresh all day, every day. You can choose from among a wide range of products, designed to suit every different need and body type.


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