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Help! Is my vaginal discharge healthy?

You may be wondering why you sometimes see spots in your panties at the end of the day. This is called vaginal discharge and it is nothing to worry about. Since the vagina is self-cleaning, discharge occurs regularly and is beneficial to your health.

The type and amount of discharge your body produces provides information about your health and hints at what stage you're at in your menstrual cycle. Vaginal discharge can occur almost one year before someone's first menstrual cycle. This is because hormone levels are changing and your body is learning new ways to keep itself healthy.  Discharge isn't always consistent. There will be more discharge during ovulation. Ovulation is when an egg is released from one of the ovaries and moves into the fallopian tube. 

Healthy discharge is white or clear. It can be thick, sticky or watery depending on your menstrual cycle.  

After your period your discharge may look red or brown. This is completely normal. You may also experience red or brown discharge any time during the month. 

An infection usually comes with yellow or green discharge that has a thicker consistency. Schedule an appointment with your doctor if you experience any pain, itching or discomfort with this type of discharge. 

Did you know about vaginal discharge? Were you or are you nervous about your first period? Let us know below in the comments! 

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by Julia Bonney | 4/28/2018
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