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Here’s how much v*ginal discharge is actually normal

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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.

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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.

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