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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.

12 comments

  1. Hi Deddy! So recently( I havnt had my period yet,)but have been getting discharge that looks a lot like boogers(kind of like jelly), and is a yellow color, that looks a little green even. What type of discharge is this!! And does it mean I’m getting my period soon?
    PLEASE HELP

    • Hi Gabby,

      The boogery jelly discharge sounds normal. Discharge is usually clear-white-sometimes yellowy color but shouldn’t be green. The jelly means likely means you have ovulated so should expect your first period soon (maybe 1-3 weeks) so always carry a pad with you now okay.

      I’m not sure about the green color. You may want to see a doctor about it especially if it also smells foul.

      I hope that helps Gabby :).

      Your friend,
      -Dedy
      The Period Blog

  2. Hi Deddy! So I have had what seems like all those types of discharge(but all a white color), exept for the last type. But have not gotten my period…what does it mean!!

    • Hi Hazel,

      That’s okay if you don’t have the last type. If you already have vaginal discharge but haven’t had your period yet it means it will come soon :). Have some pads in your back pack so you are always ready!

      I hope that helps!

      Your friend,
      Dedy
      -The Period Blog

  3. I have discharge in my private area but not in my panties is something wrong?

    • Hi Kim,

      Good question! Sometimes the vaginal discharge just stays on the vulva area. So don’t worry, it’s normal :).

      Your friend,
      -Dedy
      The Period Blog

  4. Haven’t started period yet but yellowish crust..??? I sometimes feel like a peed myself (I don’t) if you know what I mean, but I look and it’s just dried crust? What is this ? I’m also a late bloomer so

    • Hi Doodles,

      Yes that sounds like your vaginal discharge and from your description sounds normal. You can wear a panty liner to absorb the vaginal discharge if you like.

      Your friend,
      -Dedy
      The Period Blog

  5. Okay this is kinda urgent so I got brown discharge for 2 days and more on the 1st and now I have jelly-like discharge. I haven’t had my first period yet am I gonna get it today because of the fertile discharge?

    • Hi Katie,

      It sounds like your period is coming soon. But there is no definite way to tell so you will just have to wait and see. From your description it sounds like you have just ovulated (hence the light bleeding making your discharge brown) and the jelly like discharge likely means you are fertile (a sign you have ovulated). If I were to make a good guess, I would say your period is coming in 2 weeks or so! That is just a guess so I would suggest you be ready for your period from now on. Carry pads with you :).

      Good luck!

      Your friend,
      -Dedy
      The Period Blog

  6. yes add a pic of a vaginal discharge, way more informative thx

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