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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.

161 comments

  1. Hi I’m 12 going on 13 in a few months and every time I go to the toilet I find white stuff but it’s dry and I won’t my period to come like asap because I don’t won’t to be at school or with friends when it happens I just won’t to be ready regards emma

    • Hi Emma!

      Yes! What you just described is your vaginal discharge! You are in the right place :).

      Your body will have your period when it is ready. For most girls, getting your first period may happen within 6 mos to 1 yr or so of having vaginal discharge. It’s a little different for everyone and when it comes to your first period – you just have to wait and see! You can learn more about how to prepare for your first period here: How to prepare for your first period

      Your friend,
      -Dedy
      The PEriod Blog

  2. Hey dear,I just wanna ask that I am getting a lot,a lot of wierd brown stuff and they are like tiny eggs,what are those tiny eggs,also I haven’t started my first period,I’ll be very thankful to you if you can help me a bit please!!!

  3. Hi, question…..

    Do you still get the sticky phase in your cycle if the egg was fertilised during ovulation? It’s a question that you never see anywhere!

    • Hi Talia!

      Good question! To be honest, I’m not really sure!

      Often times, there are no immediate signs of fertilization so you may experience the same sticky discharge. You may also experience implantation discharge.

      Sorry I could not be of more help! If I find out, I will update you!

      Your friend,
      -Dedy
      The Period Blog

  4. Hello,
    I’ve had irregular periods since my first period when I was 12 and now I’m 18 and so has my mother but now I’m getting worried and I haven’t had my period in months (maybe 4 months) and I am not sexually active. My doctor says she can’t really do anything besides give me the pill and I think my mom isn’t comfortable with that and I’m not really completely comfortable with it either. For as long as I can remember I always have white, sticky discharge on my panties even when I haven’t had my period in months. What does this all mean?!

    • Hi AK!

      It sounds like you’re not pregnant so we can take that off the list :)!

      When your menstrual cycle is irregular and continues to be irregular into your late teens – it may be an indicator that your body is having trouble regulating your hormones resulting in an irregular menstrual cycle. This can be a variety of reasons: mental or physical stress or other personal health reasons.

      Your doctor likely suggested birth control pills as a means to regulate your hormones and get your body back on a more regular menstrual cycle. You may want to ask your doctor about it for more information.

      If you’re not comfortable taking birth control pills – your menstrual cycle will continue to be irregular which from a daily health perspective is okay – however, it also means you will not know when your next period is coming.

      I hope that gives you a bit more insight on your menstrual health. If you have any questions, please don’t be shy to speak with your doctor about it and pick her brain :). She can offer more insight on your personal health. I can only provide general information :).

      Your friend,
      -Dedy
      The Period Blog

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