Vaginal discharge is simply fluids made up of dead cells and bacteria that are released by the glands in the vagina and cervix. This ensures a healthy, bacteria-free vagina. There are different types vaginal discharge and they can vary in consistency, colour and smell – each one tells us something about our body.
What is normal vaginal discharge?
‘Thick, white or clear:
A thick milky white or clear discharge from the vagina is absolutely normal. Along with the discharge, watch out for other symptoms like redness, itchiness, burning etc. If you’re not experiencing any of these, you’re all clear!
This is normal during and after your period. If the discharge persists beyond your menstrual cycle, it could be a sign of a health issue. In this case, please do consult a medical professional.
What’s not normal?
Clumpy white discharge:
A normal discharge from the vagina would be white and thick. If you notice clumps or a cottage cheese like consistency, this could be a sign of a yeast infection. Look out for other symptoms like redness, swelling, itching, burning, rash or other such uncomfortable feelings. Make sure to make a trip to your doctor if you’re experiencing any or all of these!
Yellow-green or grey discharge:
This could be a sign of infection – bacterial or even sexually transmitted. If you’re experiencing this, make sure to go to the gynaecologist for a checkup.
An abnormal discharge usually occurs due to an infection. The vagina is a self-cleansing organ but a certain level of hygiene must be maintained to keep it safe from infections. Here are a few steps to implement:
- Keep your vagina clean by cleansing it externally.
- Use a toilet seat sanitizer in public toilets.
- Wear cotton underwear – this will absorb any sweat that could cause a buildup of bacteria. Make sure to change your underwear at night.
- Change your sanitary napkin regularly during your periods.
- Maintain a healthy diet and don’t forget to hydrate!
- Avoid any products with perfume!