Body, Your Questions

What is vaginal discharge?

Vaginal discharge is fluid that comes from the vagina. You might see this on the toilet paper when you wipe, or in your underwear. It has several purposes: cleaning and lubricating the vagina, and helping to prevent infections.

It’s normal for the colour, texture, and the amount of vaginal discharge to change at different times of the month during the menstrual cycle.

Clear vaginal discharge is a healthy sign.

During the menstrual cycle vaginal discharge thickens and changes slightly in colour.

At the beginning of a period you may notice a pinky coloured discharge, this is known as spotting.

Bright red is the colour of blood you will see during a period.

Brown menstrual blood near the beginning or end of a period is normal.

And so, vaginal discharge – totally normal!

Did you also know that it is naturally acidic and can sometimes bleach your underwear.

If there is a change in vaginal discharge, where it is a funny colour, or has a weird smell then you should get this checked out to make sure there is no infection. Talk to a trusted adult about making an appointment with a doctor or nurse.

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