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What is vaginal discharge?

People with vulva experience vaginal discharge (fluid) throughout their menstrual cycle and its normal to have a regular discharge. The discharge is a part of keeping the vagina clean. There are different types of discharge which can broadly be divided into normal and abnormal discharge. Normal discharge is generally whitish, sticky or clear and watery depending on the menstrual cycle. Normal discharge will not have a bad odor or be itchy.

Signs of an abnormal discharge change in color of the discharge (yellow, green grey), itching, pain or discomfort, bleeding between periods, a strong odor and discharge which is frothy or thick like cottage cheese. Its not necessary to experience all these symptoms. If you have any of these symptoms you should consult your doctor.


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