Vaginal discharge is one of the most common symptoms of a healthy vagina and almost every girl/woman/lady will experience discharge at some point. But it’s also one of the tabooest subjects, ever (but why).
How often does vaginal discharge come up in conversation with you and your friends? Probably never. Well we’re here to let you know that it is normal to experience discharge and it shouldn’t be anything to be embarrassed about.
First of all, what is vaginal discharge? The discharge your vagina produces is its way of self-cleaning. The vaginal fluid helps maintain the pH balance and clears away bacteria and dead cells, to ensure everything is A-ok. You don’t need any fancy floral scented washes to keep clean, your vagina does takes care of it itself (another reason why women are basically superhero’s amirite).Discharge is usually clear/white/kinda yellow and it may even smell a little. The texture can also change and it might be sticky/stretchy/kinda pasty. Discharge changes throughout different parts of your cycle too, let’s learn more.
Your discharge probably follows a pretty repetitive cycle.
The first few days post period: If your period just finished, you might notice from dark red, or brown spotting. This is normal, it’s just your uterus shedding the last of its lining.
The time between the end of your period and ovulation is when you’ll notice very light or almost non-existent discharge. If you do have white discharge after your period, during this time, it’s likely thinner than during the rest of your cycle.
Mid-point of your cycle and around ovulation, vaginal discharge will probably increase for a day or two, as estrogen rises It will probably be a similar color to an egg white and a sticky texture. If you’re trying to get pregnant, this is a sign that your fertile. If you’re trying to avoid pregnancy, double check your birth control method.
Post-ovulation and the days leading up to your period, the discharge will be thicker and clear. You can expect thick, white discharge before your period as a signal that you will be starting your period soon.
The few days before you period, you can expect your discharge to become even thicker and whiter. This is a signal your period is starting soon. If you’re pregnant, you can expect to see this type of discharge throughout your entire cycle.
Now that we know what to expect, let’s talk about what not to expect. Your vaginal discharge can tell you a lot about your health and it’s important to be aware and pay attention so you can see your doctor if you need to.
Look out for the following
– Lumpy or frothy texture
– Greenish/greyish colour
– Cottage cheesish, curdly discharge
– Vaginal burning, itching and irritation
– A lot of vaginal discharge
– A change in smell