Home » Your Guide To Periods » Vaginal Discharge

Vaginal Discharge

Let’s learn about our periods!


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.

Picture coming soon

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.

Picture coming soon

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.

Picture coming soon

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.

You may be interested in:

Got questions? Leave a comment below!

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.

42 comments

  1. Hi,
    I’m 12 and this weird thing’s been happening to me for quite a long time now. Practically a year. Whenever I move, laugh, sneeze, or cough, I pee myself. It’s not just a little bit, it’s a lot. It’s very embarassing. And it has a bad smell sometimes. So does my discharge. And it’s itchy. I don’t know what to do. Can you please help? Do I have an infection?

    • Hi Toni,

      Hmm I think you should tell your parents and see your doctor. It doesn’t sound normal so you should get it checked out.

      It is better to get it treated earlier than later and don’t worry! It’s not embarrassing! It sounds like you have done a good job keeping track of your symptoms. It will help your doctor a lot when you tell him/her during your check up.

      I wish you all the best Toni.

      Your friend,
      -Dedy
      The Period Blog

  2. I’m 10 years old and I’ve never had a period yet. But today I woke up with some wet discharge on my underwear. It continued throughout the day. My mom gave me panty liners to use. Does this mean I’m going to start having my period now or soon? When should I be expecting my period?

    • Hi Amy!

      Welcome to the world of puberty and periods :D!

      It sounds like your body is getting ready to have a period. It’s hard to say when your period will come. Your first period will come usually 2 to 2.5 years after your breasts start to develop (that’s the guideline).

      You can start using the panty liners to absorb discharge and to protect your panties when your period comes.

      I hope that helps Amy. Let me know if you have any questions – I’m happy to help :).

      Your friend,
      -Dedy
      The Period Blog

  3. Hello,
    I’m 13 in July and I’m pretty small and skinny but my breast are starting to get bigger and I’m really not that confident wearing tops and basketball singlets coz I play basketball and I think I’m might get my period whilst I’m playing basketball or when I’m at school and this is holding me back from running as fast as I can and it’s really scaring me what should I do?

    • Hi Millie,

      Do you have a sports bra yet? Don’t worry – all girls develop at different times and you are likely just developing before your peers and that’s totally normal :). A good sports bra will hold your boobs in place and likely make them look a little smaller too under your basketball uniform.

      As for your period – I would suggest you start wearing panty liners so if you get your period during bball, you’ll still have some protection.

      Also you can start keeping track of your period so you can get a better idea of when your period is coming. Check out my blog post here: http://www.theperiodblog.com/how-to-guides/how-to-count-your-menstrual-cycle/

      Let me know if you have any questions Millie.

      Your friend,
      -Dedy
      The Period Blog

  4. Hi, I haven’t had my period yet but my vagina is always itchy but I don’t have an infection. What does this mean?

  5. Hi dedy,

    So this is like my 3 period. I usually don’t get it till like the 17, but I spotted on the 7th thorugh the 13 but idk if that was my period or what. Like I said its my 3rd period so it could be a little off. But I get that really sticky like paste stuff still. Idk what it is can you help me?!?!?

    • Hi Jessie,

      Sometimes periods are a little wacky especially when it’s your first few years. It is a little challenging to keep track but it’s great that you wrote it down. I’m not too sure if it was your period or not so just stay prepared for your period.

      The sticky paste stuff is vaginal discharge and a part of having a happy and healthy vagina :) just like this post describes! If you have any questions, post them here!

      Your friend,
      -Dedy
      The Period Blog

  6. Hello,
    My period has being going on for a few years. I’m 13 and my period still keeps changing and sometimes I even skips months. My parents get worried about what I’ve been doing and they won’t believe me so I’m trying to figure out what’s going on so I can explain to them. Also it’s not easy telling my mom the problems with my privates because my dad told me about it. My mom doesn’t think I should learn about it now. Only because she didn’t learn from her mom until it happened.

    • Hi Crystal,

      That’s normal for your period to be irregular in the first few years. Let your parents know that it’s completely normal for your period to be irregular because your body is still trying to adjust and get used to having a period. It’s a big step for your period to take and does take a few years to become normal.

      What are your parents worried about?

      Also do you have an auntie you can talk to about your period with?

      Your friend,
      -Dedy
      The Period Blog

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>