Vaginal discharge is basically a liquid that comes from your vagina. This liquid usually contains dead cells from the cervix and it's constantly flowing through your vagina.
What Does It Do?
It pretty much protects your vagina from infection and also keeps it moist and clean.
Is It Something To Worry About?
No. Vaginal discharge is perfectly normal and it really isn't anything to worry about especially if
· it doesn't have a strong or unpleasant smell
· is clear or white
· is thick and sticky
· is slippery and wet
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At What Age Can One Get A Vaginal Discharge?
· You can get vaginal discharge at any age.
The amount of discharge varies. You usually get heavier discharge during pregnancy, if you're sexually active or if you're using birth control. It's often slippery and wet for a few days between your periods (when you ovulate).
When It Can Be A Sign Of An Infection?
If your discharge changes – for example, in smell, colour or texture – it might be a sign of an infection.
Visit your doctor or go to a sexual health clinic if
· your discharge changes colour, smell or texture
· you produce more discharge than usual
· you feel itchy or sore
· you bleed between periods or after sex
· you get pain when peeing
· you get pain in the area between your tummy and thighs (pelvic pain).
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Can It Be Prevented?
You can't prevent vaginal discharge. Panty liners can help with heavy or excessive discharge or if you're worried about any smell.
To help prevent irritation, soreness or dryness:
· wash gently
· use water and an emollient, such as E45 cream orplain soap.
· do not use perfumed soaps or gels
· do not use deodorants or scented hygiene wipes
· do not douche