Vaginal Discharge

Know that it is normal to have discharge from the vagina. It is the female body’s way of cleansing itself. This discharge is usually heavier and thicker in the middle of the menstrual cycle (around ovulation), and lighter and more watery at other times in the cycle.

What does normal discharge look like?

Clear, transparent, or whitish discharge is normal from the beginning of your cycle through ovulation. From the middle to the end of your cycle discharge becomes creamier, a result of progesterone release. When you’re on the pill, your discharge is creamy all the time. Remember: discharge is normal and serves as a kind of natural cleansing of your vagina.

Is your discharge different than usual? About white and grey discharge.

Discharge that is different than usual can be caused by a shift in the natural balance and an overgrowth of bacteria or yeast.

Clumpy white discharge usually indicates a yeast infection. Since fungi like warm, dark, moist environments, anything that makes your intimate zone sweaty can bring one on.

Grey discharge accompanied by a fishy odor and burning sensation could indicate bacterial vaginosis (BV). If you suspect you have a vaginal infection, visit your doctor or gynecologist.

Is it normal for women who are not sexually active to experience vaginal discharge?

All women experience some degree of vaginal discharge due to normal hormone fluctuations. As mentioned, normal discharge is the body’s way of cleansing itself. If a discharge has an unusually foul, fish-like odor, abnormal color, or a thick curd-like consistency, you should see your doctor – it could be caused by a vaginal infection.