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Help! Is my vaginal discharge healthy?

You may be wondering why you sometimes see spots in your undies 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. 

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

Expect red or brown discharge at the end of your period. This is completely normal. You may also experience red or brown discharge any time during the month. 

Yellow or green discharge that has a thicker consistency is usually a sign of infection. 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 | 12/9/2019