Today we are going to talk about something that not many people want to talk about: vaginal discharge. I know, I know, it’s a weird topic and you don’t really want to talk about it, but it’s something that basically every person with a vagina experiences and it’s important to know what’s going on in your body! Obviously, every body is different, but most women experience vaginal discharge. Here is the low down on discharge: it is a mixture of bacteria and vaginal cells that can be anything from clear and sticky to white or yellow. It sounds gross, but I promise, it’s an important part of your body doing it’s thing. You might feel like a freak when there is stuff coming out of you, but I assure you, it happens to us all and it means your body is doing it’s job to clean you down there. Yay, bodies!
The number one thing you need to know about vaginal discharge is that it is normal. Even though it’s normal, there are many different things that can affect your discharge: your menstrual cycle, exercising, and sexual activity can all play a factor in what’s going on down there. Even though it happens to everyone, there are important things about your discharge that you might not know. Take a look at these facts to learn a little bit more about your vagina in order for it to keep it doin’ it’s thing!
The Amount Of Discharge Changes Before And After Your PeriodVaginas sometimes have a mind of their own, and the amount of discharge can fluctuate throughout the month, depending on your cycle. It can also change the color and smell of your discharge. All of these changes are normal! But, if you experience clumps in your discharge, you should be sure to head to the doctor to get checked out. Image Source: iStock
Stress Can Play A Factor In Your DischargeStudies have shown that the more stressful your life is, the more likely you will have an increase in vaginal discharge. If you are feeling overwhelmed and anxious about school, your friends, or your family, it can effect your vaginal health. Take deep breaths, girl! Image Source: iStock
There Are Many Different Types Of DischargeAs I mentioned before, the amount and type of discharge can change depending on a bunch of things. But, it can also tell you what's going on in your body. If your discharge is stretchy and clear, it is a sign that you are ovulating. If you haven't started your period yet, your discharge might be a light yellow color. Your vagina is always trying to tell you something! Image Source: iStock
Discharge Is Important For Your BodyWhen you first start to notice vaginal discharge, it can be pretty weird and uncomfortable. But, it's important to know that discharge is the body's way of cleaning the vagina and keeping it healthy! Image Source: iStock
There Is No "Normal Amount" Of DischargeWhile there is no normal amount of discharge you may experience, you can produce about a teaspoon of discharge per day. Obviously, it varies based on the time of your cycle and other factors in your life, such a stress or the weather. Image Source: iStock
But Too Much Might Be A Sign Of Something WorseObviously, every girl is different, but if you notice more discharge than normal, and a weird color or smell, it could be a sign of an infection or even and STD. If something out of the ordinary appears down there, it's a good idea to get checked out by a doctor. Image Source: iStock
You Might Have Blood In Your DischargeThis is normal, as long as it's not too much blood. Some discharge might be a light brown color, which can be from old blood after your period, or if you just started birth control pills. It's usually nothing to worry about, but if you notice a lot of blood, be sure to head to a gyno ASAP. Image Source: iStock
Which of these facts surprised you the most? Tell us in the comments!