Vaginal discharge can sometimes give clues about what’s up down there, including if you have any potential health problems.
Vaginal discharge might seem mysterious, but it’s actually just a mixture of cells and fluid from your vagina and mucus from your cervix.
It has way more of a purpose than just hanging out in your underwear; discharge is your vagina’s way of cleaning itself, staying moisturised, and shielding itself from infection and irritation.
The colour of your vaginal discharge goes a long way to determine the state of your reproductive health and you should pay attention to it especially when it is not the usual.
Different colours of vaginal discharge mean different things and just before you start worrying your pretty head read our complete guide to what each colour of your discharge means.
A variety of white shades of discharge, from eggshell to cream, can be normal. Unless your discharge is accompanied by certain textures or smells, don’t fret too much. A white discharge does almost the same thing as a clear discharge; to keep your vagina lubricated during sex and keep your vaginal tissues healthy.
Clear discharge, which can also be whitish, is usually normal. It may have an egg-white like consistency. It’s also the go-to discharge a healthy body expels to rebalance itself – because your vagina is an amazing, self-cleaning organ. This colour usually occurs during your ovulation, pregnancy or when you are aroused; all absolutely normal.
When white turns to grey, like storm clouds or exhaust, see your doctor. It could be a sign of bacterial vaginosis, which is a very common infection in women. Your doctor will likely prescribe antibacterial ointments or oral antibiotics.
You should get a check-up if any of these discharge colours is accompanied by itching, pain, burning sensation during urination, a foul odour and blood discharge unrelated to your menstrual cycle.
- Pale yellow to neon green
A very light yellow discharge could be more normal than you think. Most times it appears in your discharge, your diet is usually the cause. A green-yellow discharge, on the other hand, could be a sign of an infection. Have it checked.
Pink discharge, ranging from a very light blush to the deep pink of a sunset, is often just a sign of the beginning of your cycle. But at other times, it can be a sign of a serious health problem. Some women usually see blood discharge after sex, so this could be another reason for a pinkish discharge.