Do You Know the Ins and Outs of Normal Vaginal Discharge?

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From the Original "The Vag 101 show" comes this helpful episode all about vaginal discharge.

Vaginal Discharge Problems

Dr. Jill Swartz and Sarah Sommers discuss what a normal discharge is versus abnormal discharge. Sometimes, the vagina and labia seem like their own ecosystem with critters of its own. It can seem completely confusing and completely a mystery. But it is not! There are doctors out there who can unlock its secrets. And you can too if you take some time to learn its language of vaginal discharge. 

What is normal vaginal discharge? 

There is normal discharge-- usually thin and white-- that can happen all day long. It is normal for there to be more discharge when exercising and having sex. Also, a fun fact is that if your discharge is increasing, it might be because you are ovulating

white vaginal discharge

But when does your discharge turn abnormal? 

Dr. Jill Swartz describes that any type of itchiness, swelling, or redness of the labia is abnormal. It is also abnormal to have discharge that is overly fishy or smells like beer. Or to have cottage cheese like discharge. Or discharge that is greenish. Excessive discharge that feels like you are almost peeing out of your vagina is also abnormal. Dr. Jill goes through the full explanations and reasons for these on

looking at the vagina

Is there anyway to avoid these uncomfortable discharges? 

Yes! Most of these infections come from a change in the PH in the vagina. Avoiding things like douches and scented products can reduce the irritation in your lady bits. 

thinking about vaginal discharge

What should you do if you are dealing with any of these discharges? 

The best bet is just to go to your doctor or Gynecologist. He or she can run some tests to tell you exactly what is going on down there and exactly how to fix it. She can also make sure it is not actually a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) or a Sexual Transmitted Infection (STI) which can sometimes resemble some of the other things that can cause uncomfortable discharge, such as yeast infection or trichomoniasis. 

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