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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.

93 comments

  1. Hy i hav been getting all the signs of periods since last year .
    N i had vaginal discharge from march till june n den it stopped and dis week i spotted it again ….plz help me i m goin to b 14 in dec btw

    • Hi Maryam,

      Not sure what you are asking help for.. it sounds like your body is normal! Just be prepared for your first period – have pads with you :).

      Your friend,
      -Dedy
      The Period Blog

  2. Without penetration can i gt pregnant cause the sperm drop on my lap close to my vaginal nd for the past one week ve been having abdorminal pain,high body temp nd browish discharge frm my vaginal nd ve nt seen my period thou am nt late

  3. Hi there,

    I am 28 years old… A typical very worried one about always keeping clean and smell free :)

    I shower every morning and as soon as I have my first wee I am always on edge as to when discharge comes from my lady parts :( I am on the depot injection and don’t have periods but can’t explain why I get this discharge out of the blue pretty much every day :( it’s annoying and sometimes I worry if my partner was to see he would think it’s disgusting!!

    What can I do to stop this? It doesn’t smell but is a off white clear and smeary discharge but can just come out in a massive goop!!

    Please help and advice would be appreciated

    Thank you

    Sam

    • Hi Sam,

      Hmm I’m not very familiar with vaginal discharge patterns on the depot shot but to take an educated guess – I would think that you will still get vaginal discharge as it plays an important role to a healthy vaginal environment – carrying dead cells and bacteria out of your body etc.

      You can’t really stop vaginal discharge… and your description sounds normal to me but if you are concerned I would suggest you see your doctor for a professional opinion :). I hope that helps Sam.

      Also – don’t worry about your partner seeing it :) It sounds like you do your best to keep it fresh down there and at 28 – I think most guys are mature and understanding!

      Your friend,
      -Dedy
      The Period Blog

  4. Hi. Im shannon and i am 12 years old. Ive been getting alot of discharge recently and its starting to annoy me! i dont really know how to talk to my mum as shes not really that easy to talk to :( what shall i do ?

    • Hi Shannon,

      You can wear panty liners to absorb your period. They are like smaller pads that you can wear everyday :). I wear panty liners everyday too for my vaginal discharge. You can browse my panty liner reviews here: http://www.theperiodblog.com/category/reviews/pantiliners/

      I know that it can be hard to talk to parents sometimes. Do you have an older sibling or auntie you can talk to this about? You can also just bring it up casually – try suggesting a product you want to try: “Mom – can you take me to the store to buy these panty liners?” She will likely already know what it is for :).

      Let me know if that helps or if you have any further questions Shannon. Just post them here in the comments :).

      Your friend,
      -Dedy
      The Period Blog

  5. I am a bigger girl and I heard that the bigger u are u start it sooner I am just worried that I won’t get it

  6. I have discharge is it still possible to not get my pirod and I am worried that I will not get it please reply
    Thanks

    • Hi Killyan,

      Your body will start when it’s ready – whether you are big or small. Some girls start as late as 17 and that is normal too. You just have to wait and see really :).

      Your friend,
      -Dedy
      The Period Blog

  7. I had sex for my first time 5 days ago. It only went in twice. My period isn’t suppose to come for about 10 days but now I’m not having any discharge. I’m 14 and I’m freaking out. I don’t think I’m pregnant, but I’m worried about why I haven’t had any discharge in the last 4 days. Please help me!

    • Hi Cheyanne,

      I don’t know. I suggest you just wait for your period to come or if you are really concerned, go see your doctor. And I highly suggest you use protection if you are not already – save yourself the worry.

      Your friend,
      -Dedy
      The Period Blog

  8. Hello!
    My boyfriend and I had a scare for pregnacy going on 2 months ago. I got my period 2 days later than usual but then again I am a teenager and they’re probably irregular anyways. But I still got my period. Ive taken 3 home pregancy tests just to be sure and theyve all been negetive. My vaginal discharge lately (should be getting my period any day now) Ive seen it really crusty in my panties. Does this mean I’m near my period or are the pregnacy tests wrong and I should be worried about skipping it?I’ve been stressed about not getting my period…could that be a factor it’s late? I’ve been a regular 28 days now I’m going on 30 from last month(being late) to this month. I know this is a little more questioning than just vaginal discharge but if you could help it would be GREAT appreciated! Thanks!

    • Hi Brooke,

      To avoid future pregnancy scares, I suggest you use contraception to save yourself the worry. And let’s be honest – I can’t tell you whether or not you are pregnant or may possibly be pregnant.

      Your friend,
      -Dedy
      The Period Blog

  9. hi!
    I didnt have periods for the past 2 months.
    I do not want to meet the doc and take hormones which can make me fat.
    what can i do?
    Thanks a lot.

    • Hi veena,

      See my reply below. If it is really concerning you – you will want to speak with a doctor sooner or later. Your doctor can’t make you do anything you don’t want to do.

      Your friend,
      -Dedy
      The Period Blog

  10. I have white thick sticky discharge, and I have never had my period does this mean it’s close? i am 12 btw.

    • Hi Nya,

      It’s hard to tell but it could be soon! girls ususally get their firs tperiod within the a couple years of starting to develop their breasts. I hope that helps!

      Your friend,
      -Dedy
      The Period Blog

  11. Hi I was wondering what this is happening I was suppose to start my period August 2nd and now it’s the 5th but I know usually if the month has 31 days I’m usually late 2 days and start the next but I’ve haven’t got any pregnancy symptoms . and it hasn’t been like any type of brown or yucky discharge it’s just been clear like period but clear almost like I’m peeing but it just comes out clear and it’s been like this since I was suppose to start so I was wondering if you can right back ASAP thank you 😊

    • Hey Destiny,

      If you are certain you are not pregnant then I don’t see any reason to not just wait and see. Your period could be late due to stress. If it is really concerning you, I would suggest you visit your doctor :).

      Your friend,
      -Dedy
      The Period Blog

  12. hi.
    i am 16 years old now.
    i have got periods since 5 years. it was regular.suddenly it stopped.
    i am extremely worried. nw i am having vaginal discharges. does it indicate anything?
    will i have my periods back?

    • Hello Veena,

      How long has your period stopped for?

      Your friend,
      -Dedy
      The Period Blog

      • hi!
        its been nearly 2 months.
        is there anything i can do?
        thanks a lot :)

        • Hi Veena,

          Delays in periods could be due to stress – emotional or physical causing your body to delay your period until your body is healthier. It may also just be an irregular period if it is the first couple years of getting your first period. If you suspect you are pregnant, I would suggest you visit your doctor. I hope that helps!

          Your friend,
          -Dedy
          The Period Blog

  13. Hi
    Is vaginal discharge important to us women
    And how kinds of discharge are there
    Thank you
    Please reply

    • Hi Alexcia,

      Vaginal discharge helps to clean your vagina by carrying dead cells and bacteria away and out of your body. That sounds pretty important if you ask me ;)!

      The kinds of discharge are listed above btw.

      Your friend,
      -Dedy
      The Period Blog

  14. i get the discharge for literally three weeks out of the four in a month and it is so bad that i will have to change my undies during the day … my period is really light (two days barely any blood and its been like this for over a year) so it doesn’t make sense to me… i serioisly go through liners faster than when im on my period what ahould i do

    • Hi Alena,

      It’s normal to have vaginal discharge on all the days you don’t have your period so it sounds normal to get it for the 3/4 weeks in a month.

      There are times that I have also had to change my panties during the day so I wear panty liners on those days and jsut change my panty liners instead.

      If you feel that your vaginal discharge is excessive, I would suggest speaking with your doctor about it. I’m not quite sure what’s going on so I think your doctor will have clearer answers for you :).

      Your friend,
      -Dedy
      The Period Blog

  15. Hii, if I see vaginal discharge it doesn’t mean I’m pregnant correct? I’m scared that I’m going to miss my period and freak out. I am still a virgin though. I’m not quite sure if it is discharge though.. Help! ):

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