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Vaginal Discharge

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Vaginal Discharge with Luna
Once you start puberty, you may start to find a white or clear fluid or mucus on your panties. This fluid is called vaginal discharge or cervical mucus.

What is vaginal discharge?
Vaginal discharge is the mucus or fluid secreted from the glands inside the vagina and cervix. It is secreted throughout your cycle during the days you do not bleed.

Vaginal discharge serves an important role in keeping your vagina clean and healthy by carrying dead cells and bacteria out of your body. This makes your vagina self-cleaning! Pretty cool right?

Your vagina does a great job at cleaning itself while keeping the flora in your vagina in a happy balance. This is why vaginal douches to clean your vagina are unnecessary and can even upset the balance of friendly flora in your vagina.

What does vaginal discharge look like?
Vaginal discharge varies in color and texture depending on your menstrual cycle. It’s texture and color can give you an idea of where you are in your menstrual cycle and more importantly, can help you determine when you’re fertile.

It is usually clear, white, or off-white in color and can be thin, thick, gooey, or jelly-like in texture. When it dries on your panties, it can looks white or yellow in color and crusty in texture. When you are nearing your period, the vaginal discharge may even be tinted brown or red.

Jelly-like

Jelly-like or egg white-like vaginal discharge has a stretchy texture and can be stretched an inch or two without breaking. This usually occurs in the middle of your cycle (around day 14) when you are most fertile. It allows the sperm to swim most easily into the cervix.

vaginal discharge during ovulation

Watery

Watery discharge is clear and may feel like a wet spot on your panties. This also occurs when you’re fertile and is second best for conception. It allows sperm to swim unhindered into the cervix.

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Creamy

Creamy discharge is white or off white in color and occurs when your are non-fertile. It is thick and feels like lotion. It’s creamy texture makes it hard for sperm to swim through unhindered.

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Sticky

Sticky discharge is white or off-white in color and occurs when you are least fertile. It is thick and chunky and feels like gluey paste making it hardest for sperm to swim through.

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Why do my panties seem to get bleached by my vaginal discharge?
Vaginal discharge is naturally acidic and over time, vaginal discharge can even fade the color of your panties. Sometimes it is even acidic enough to put holes in your panties! Random fact: Semen is basic

You can protect your panties by wearing pantiliners. Pantiliners are worn like pads and offer light protection. They can be changed throughout the day to help you feel fresh.

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About Dedy Wong

Dedy lives in Vancouver, BC and is a 2014 graduate of the University of British Columbia with a B.A. in Psychology. She is the blogger, writer, photographer, and tester for all the reviews and articles on the blog.Her menstrual cycle is around 35 to 40 days long and she has tried just about everything from menstrual cups to reusable pads.

230 comments

  1. Hi,I’ve just noticed that I have been feeling dizzy,sick and well not myself.My symptoms are vomiting and migranes also feeling dizzy. I have also found crusty, yellow stuff dried in to my panties.I have had my period and I’m very worried.

  2. Hello Dedy,
    I have a question about my period. I have been looking all over the internet for tips on what to do when I get my period. I still haven’t had my period yet. I have started puberty, and I am 10 years old. I don’t know when I will get it. I do not have discharge. I am so confused. I have asked my doctor about it and she says I might get it in a year or so. So I was wondering what I should do to prepare. Should I bring a pad to school JUST IN CASE my doctor is wrong? Or should I trust my doctor and wait a year instead. Once I found your blog I was looking through it and it had great tips for me! Please give me some advice on what I should do. Thank you!
    Sincerely,
    Leena Cheung

  3. hello , I had unprotected sex three days ago , and sperm was injected inside . today 8/22 I had to use the bathroom so I looked and there was a white spot in my underwear and when I went ti go pee after I was done I wiped and found some fresh light blood in the toilet paper . ive already had two periods this month so im not for sure of what this can be but please help !

    • This either means implantation spotting (not to scare you) or you might have had a bit of rough sex and your spotting in that way. If you are worried you will need to get a pregnancy test if you missed your period watch for signs you never felt before. Don’t get them mixed up with pms however sometimes depending on the women some of the signs of pregnancy can feel like how you would feel before you would start your period so the real way to know is take a pregnancy test….and if your period doesn’t come that’s also a high indication. My suggestion would be to talk to your mom or someone you trust that’s an adult I know it can be scary. Best wishes!

  4. hi , I had unprotected sex three days ago and sperm did find its way inside . and today 08/22 I has a tiny white spot in my underwear and when I went to pee it looked like fresh light blood not much and ive had a period twice this month already . please help !!!

  5. I have been getting this yellow thin crusty stuff on my underwear since I was 6, and I am 12. I don’t know what it is.

  6. Hi guys im Libby im 13 and i got my first period last month. Three days before my first one i foung clearish white jelly stuff in my pants which i now know is discharge. I fond a very small amount of discharge yesterday and today i was wondering if this meant i would get my period in a few days now? I wasnt sure as people are saying after your first time it dosnt come back for a few months. Please reply…

  7. I had an abortion with peels, after some weeks I started having discharge like mucor,is it something bad?

  8. Hi im 20. My period is a week late. And so far all I’ve been seeing is clear slimy stuff to a little red stuff back to clear stuff. Then this morning yellow thick stuff. So confused. Anybody got a answer for me?

  9. Hi I’m 13 and I’m 5’0 and 112lbs when I was 11 I noticed Brest development when I was checking (some of my friends had there period and all I had was pockets of fat in my breast area) so I checked every day to see if I was developing yet and I was

    • I didn’t finish but it posted. A few months later I noticed vaginal discharge. I’ve had discharge for 2 years now why did I get discharge so soon and why don’t I have my period yet.

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