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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.

194 comments

  1. Hi,
    so recently i got my first period.. i think? It started s reddish stuff in my panties and i was told it’s my period, so i put in a tampon. When i took it out it had blood and dried brown blood on it, only a little bit and it was red and sticky. i put in a pad and i didn’t get a drop on it, but when i wiped it was bloody. Does this get a little more regular and actually bleed over time? Is this a period?

  2. hi me again
    also, i’m only 12 and i don’t take birth control or anything.

  3. HELP!
    Back round, i started getting vaginal discharge about 2 months ago, and it has always been clear or off-white. but recently i have had brown, smelly discharge. I looked it up and it says it is old menstrual blood but i have never had a period! I’m wondering if it is an infection or something? It also says stuff about pregnancy but again i haven’t had my period and I’ve never had sex. what can i do?

  4. Hello,

    For a couple months now ive noticed that my vaginal discharge is a little yellow, a very light yellow. It still goes through the 4 phases you stated above but im just a bit worried about the color. Would you happen to know what this means. Also because of this i wear pads all the time, not thick ones though.

    • Hi AS,

      Sometimes it may light yellow. That sounds normal. As you get more vaginal discharge, you’ll get a better idea of what’s normal for you when it comes to texture, color, and amounts. As long as you are not itchy down there, it doesn’t smell bad, and it does not look like cottage cheese – you should be okay!

      Your friend,
      -Dedy
      The Period Blog

  5. I have white dried up stuff in my underwear and I have been cramping since Monday so what’s Finna happen?

    • Hi Z,

      You will continue to get vaginal discharge for about 6 months to a year before you get your period. After you get your period, you will still get vaginal discharge. It’s just a healthy part of being a girl :). However if you are getting cramps, it may be a sign that your period is coming.

      I hope that helps!

      Your friend,
      -Dedy
      The Period Blog

  6. Hi!
    I am quite confused here, as I often get what seems to me like vaginal discharge, as it looks and feels exactly as described.
    The thing is, I have been getting it for quite a while now in different forms, however, I have not yet got my first period! Is this normal?

    • I am also not very developed breast-wise, but I do have quite a bit of pubic hair

    • Hi FH,

      Yes you will continue to get vaginal discharge for about 6 months to a year before you get your period. After you get your period, you will still get vaginal discharge. It’s just a healthy part of being a girl :).

      Your friend,
      -Dedy
      The Period Blog

  7. Hi, I’m 10 yrs old. I have yellowish crusty stuff in my underwear. I haven’t had my period yet but had a lot of symptoms along with breasts and hair. Is this normal?

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