People often stress about whether their periods are normal, but I think that most of us spend a lot more time fretting about whether our vagina discharge is normal—it just isn’t talked about as much. Of course, here at Gurl, we’re down to talk about anything, and that includes periods, vaginal discharge, and how to remove all of the stains from your underwear.
Today, I’m going to focus on discharge and what is considered normal and what isn’t. First, let me say that vaginal discharge is a normal thing. It’s actually a sign that your vagina is healthy and cleaning itself. However, not all types of discharge are normal. There are times when your discharge might change or be accompanied by other symptoms. And it’s usually during those times that your body is trying to tell you that something is up.
Changes in vaginal discharge can be linked to STDs, yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis (BV), or possibly different types of cancer. However, there’s no need to panic just yet. It’s important to be aware of these changes in your vaginal discharge so you can go to a doctor. Then he/she can help determine what’s going on and how to treat the issue, if there is one. Have a look at eight signs that show your vaginal discharge isn’t normal.
It's FoamyThe consistency of vaginal discharge is as important as the color or smell. Normal discharge can be thin, thick, gooey, and even stretchy. However, things become an issue down there if it's foamy. If you would describe your vaginal discharge as frothy, bubbly, or like something that's boiling, you should go to your doctor. Image source: Getty
It Looks Like PusI know pus isn't the greatest word to hear or to think about, but it's helpful because if you have any discharge that makes you think of pus, you will want to book an appointment with your doctor. Look for changes in consistency, or if you vaginal discharge starts turning yellow or even greenish. Image source: Getty
It's An Odd ColorNormal discharge can be clear, white, and off-white. Sometimes it can even be a brownish color when you've finished your period and your vagina is clearing the last of the blood and lining away. However, it's not a good sign if your vaginal discharge is any other colors of the rainbow. You should be keeping an eye out if it becomes yellow, green, or gray because it could indicate an infection or even a STD. Image source: Getty
There's Blood In ItI don't mean having discharge with your period or the brownish discharge you can sometimes get after your period. I'm talking about seeing blood or spotting when you're not on your period accompanied by discharge. Keep track of your menstrual cycle. That way, if you notice some red down below when it's not your time of the month, and it's usually accompanied by discharge, you can get it looked into. Image source: Getty
It Has A Cottage Cheese ConsistencySorry to put you off cottage cheese forevermore, but it's a good comparison to help you identify if your vaginal discharge is abnormal. If you find that it's thick, chunky, and you would even describe it as cheesy, it's time to take action. Having cottage cheese-like discharge can often indicate a yeast infection. Image source: Getty
It Suddenly ChangesIt's important to get to know all aspects of our bodies. That includes discharge because we are then able to identify when things change. Often, when there is a change in discharge, it can indicate that something is happening below that needs to be checked out. Pay attention to things such as changes in the amount of discharge, the color, the texture, the consistency, and the smell. Image source: Getty
It Has A Strong, Unpleasant SmellA lot of people are concerned about how they smell down below. Without any soaps, creams, or questionable douching kits, your vagina should have its own smell. It shouldn't be overpowering or foul. It might change depending on where you are on your menstrual cycle, but the thing you need to pay attention to is if the smell down below becomes strong and unpleasant. If it begins to smell fishy or rotten, go to your doc. Got it? Image source: Getty
It's Accompanied By Other SymptomsIf your body is trying to tell you something, it might try to do it in a few ways besides the smell or color of your vaginal discharge. So, keep an eye out for other signs. Look out for bleeding, swelling, burning, itchiness, or even tenderness during sex. Pay attention to whether it feels tender or stings down there. If things don't feel right, don't ignore it. Image source: Getty
Have you ever been concerned about your vaginal discharge? Let us know in the comments!
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