What Is Discharge? Besides . . . Gooey?

All of us girls deal with it. It shows up in your panties, sometimes in your swimsuit over the summer, and can be a little . . . weird. So what is discharge, anyway? And is discharge normal?

The good news is that discharge is totally normal and healthy. In fact, it’s something your body needs to stay clean and in tip-top-shape.

If you’ve ever wondered about that down-there goo, here’s all the info you need:

* Most girls start noticing a little bit of discharge before they even get their first period.

* Discharge helps keep your vagina clean and healthy by washing out any irritants or bad bacteria that might be up in there. It’s a good thing!

* The amount of discharge a girl has will vary throughout the month. Sometimes it might be thin and watery, sometimes it can be thicker.

* If you ever notice your discharge smelling strongly, or having a color other than clear or milky white, you could have an infection. Get to the doctor as soon as you can!

Now that you don’t have to ask, “What is discharge?” anymore–let us know what other body questions you have in the comments!

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38 Comments

  1. avatarShelley says:

    This really helped thanks!! And my mom who is a nurse also said that when you get a lot of discharge, it can mean a good time to get pregnant, if you are looking to have a baby. And if you do not want to get pregnant and you don’t believe in birth control, then that can be a good way to know, to detect, when not to have sex, so that you don’t get pregnant.

  2. avatardont want to say my name XD says:

    this really helped :) I barley started my period about a month or so, and I had a discharge and I kept on wondering and wondering what that was and now I know I thought something was wrong with me or something XD thank goodness! thank you so much on this information :)

  3. avatarlilinnocentangel says:

    I dunno if it i because of heavy petting or because Ive just started havin sex. I have a lot of discharge and OMG I feel so embarrassed when my bf goes down on me. He keeps tellin me wat it looks like and he wipes it off. He told me not to worry and said it was because I am young and will start my periods soon. He said most gurls will have a discharge before they start their periods for the first time.I get so tense when he goes down on me because of this :(

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