What is a normal vaginal discharge?
Vaginal discharge refers to acidic secretions that are the combination of cervical mucus and vaginal secretions.
The function of vaginal discharge
Vaginal discharge keeps the vagina lubricated, protects the mucous membrane, and prevents bacteria from entering the body. It helps take sperm into a woman´s body during ovulation.
The amount of vaginal discharge
The amount of discharge varies between individuals. It is not uncommon to have an amount that is large enough to wet your underwear.
The color of vaginal discharge
The colors of vaginal discharge can be clear, white, or creamy. The discharge turns yellow on underwear when it dries.
The smell of vaginal discharge
Vaginal discharge smells fishy and a little sour.
Managing vaginal discharge
Wear a panty liner when you have a large amount of vaginal discharge
In addition to frequently changing your underwear, you can take measures such as wearing a panty liner when you have a large amount of vaginal discharge. A panty liner (or panty liner) is a pad specifically designed for vaginal discharge. A panty liner is about 1 to 2 mm thick, which is far thinner and less bulky than a sanitary pad, so it is not uncomfortable to wear inside your underwear. However, you should avoid wearing them for a long time. You should change your panty liner frequently, otherwise it may cause rashes or itching in the vaginal area.
The distinctiveness of its smell varies for each person
As different people have more or less body odor, there is no need to be anxious about any smell that your vaginal discharge may have. However, due to proteins contained in vaginal discharge, there may be a foul smell if the discharge is left as it is for a long time. Vaginal discharge on underwear sometimes dries to form flakes if you leave them unwashed. This is because the proteins contained in the discharge solidify, and is nothing unusual.
If you are concerned about the smell, you can take appropriate measures against it such as washing the discharge off with warm water, changing your underwear frequently, or using deodorized panty liners. However, if you notice your discharge smelling obviously different and unusual, you should consult a gynecologist as it may be caused by underlying illnesses such as STDs.
Be careful not to wash it too much and cause vaginal dryness
It is counterproductive to wash your vagina too much if you are worried about its amount or its smell. You may get rashes from using soap or itching from dryness. Vaginal discharge is necessary to some extent in order to keep the vaginal area moisturized. Warm water is sufficient to wash the area, or you can use an acidulous body wash if you want something more.
Abnormal vaginal discharge
Make a note of any changes in the amount, color, and smell of vaginal discharge
Sometimes illnesses can cause the amount of discharge to increase, change its color, or give it a bad odor. Yellow or ocher vaginal discharge may indicate a bacterial infection. Blood may be found in the discharge if you have cervical erosion or a cervical polyp. Abnormal vaginal discharge may mean that you have a chlamydia infection, trichomoniasis, or candidiasis (thrush or yeast infection). So please make a note of the color or smell of your vaginal discharge using the following chart as a reference. If you notice any changes from your normal discharge, we recommend you consult a gynecologist.
Self diagnose the state of your vaginal discharge and other symptoms
Overwork and stress can cause changes in the color of vaginal discharge
When your body´s defenses are down due to overwork and stress, it causes a decline of the vagina´s capacity for self-purification, which prevents germs from entering your body. This leads to an increase of bacteria, which can cause a vaginal infection.
Bacterial vaginosis may change the color of vaginal discharge into a snot-like yellow. This is because more white blood cells get mixed into the discharge. It may have a darker color, depending on the kind of bacteria that is causing the infection. When your immunity is low, you can also get candidiasis which is accompanied by persistent itching and discharge which is textured like cottage cheese.
Keep a close and regular watch on the state of your discharge
You can detect an infection or a disease by yourself by noticing if your vaginal discharge is different from your norm. So it is important to check your discharge regularly.
A basal body temperature chart will not only help you identify the ovulatory phase, it also enables you to notice abnormalities such as an increased amount of vaginal discharge which is unrelated to the ovulatory phase.
All women have vaginal discharge!
We asked people what they were concerned about in relation to vaginal discharge.
"What is vaginal discharge?" "Does everyone have it?" It troubles many women because they know so little about it.
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