Is it healthy to have discharge?
Normal vaginal discharge has several purposes: cleaning and moistening the vagina, and helping to prevent and fight infections. It’s normal for the color, texture, and amount of vaginal discharge to change at different times of the month during a girl’s menstrual cycle.
How much discharge is normal?
Premenopausal women (time menses starts until menopause) normally have approximately one-half to one teaspoon (2 to 5 mL) of white or clear thick, mucous-like, and mostly odorless vaginal discharge every day. The amount can vary at different times throughout the menstrual cycle-related to hormonal fluctuations.
What causes too much discharge?
Excess vaginal discharge can occur as a result of arousal, ovulation, or infections. Normal vaginal discharge ranges in color from clear or milky to white. The consistency of vaginal discharge also varies from thin and watery to thick and sticky. Generally, healthy vaginal discharge should be relatively odorless.
What is a normal color discharge?
Normal vaginal discharge is milky or white and is odorless. But sometimes, an imbalance of bacteria in your vagina can cause your discharge to change color. Do you have brown or yellow discharge? Or maybe your discharge is green, white, bloody or dark.
What is my discharge telling me?
Normal white discharge is not accompanied by itching. If itching is present, thick white discharge may indicate a yeast infection. Clear and stretchy — This is “fertile” mucous and means you’re ovulating. Clear and watery — This occurs at different times of your cycle and can be particularly heavy after exercising.
What color discharge should I worry about?
Discharge that is a darker shade of yellow, yellowish-green, or green usually signals a bacterial or sexually transmitted infection. See a doctor promptly if vaginal discharge is thick or clumpy, or it has a foul odor.
What color is healthy discharge?
What age is normal for discharge?
About 6 months to 1 year before a girl gets her first period, her body may start to make vaginal discharge. This is normal and due to changing hormone levels. The discharge helps keep the vagina healthy. Normal vaginal discharge can have a texture that’s anywhere from thin and slightly sticky to thick and gooey.
How can I stop excess discharge?
Wear cotton underpants during the day. Cotton allows your genital area to “breathe.” Don’t wear underpants at night. Avoid wearing tight pants, pantyhose, swimming suits, biking shorts, or leotards for long periods. Change your laundry detergent or fabric softener if you think it may be irritating your genital area.