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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 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 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 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 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.


  1. I have discharge that is both watery and gooey, does that mean I’m extra fertile if I have both? I only get my periods 3 times max a year until I became sexually active. Normal?

    • Hi Hayley,

      The vaginal discharge will change from watery like to gooey to reflect where you are in your cycle. Gooey usually when you are fertile and watery when you are not.

      Your friend,
      The Period Blog

  2. Genuinely no matter if someone doesn’t understand after that its up
    to other people that they will assist, so here it occurs.

  3. Hi. I know this is awkward but usually my discharge is white and creamy it is now three days until my period and my discharge is clear and stretchy. We are trying to conceive and I have sore breast and frequent urination. Also I can’t sleep at night anymore. I try and try but just can’t until around 3 am. Any answers would help and be greatly appreciated! Thank you(:

    • Hi A,

      I can’t speak to your troubles sleeping, frequent urination, or sore breasts but in regards to your discharge – clear and stretchy or jelly like usually occurs when you are ovulating or most fertile. The stretchy – jelly like discharge aids the sperm in swimming up :).

      I hope that helps! Good luck :)

      Your friend,
      The Period Blog

  4. Hi, I am 12 years old and haven’t gotten my period yet. I have been finding discharge in my underwear for the past 2 years. I read a book that says that when you are getting discharge, that means that your period will start soon. The other day, I found 2 drops of red stuff and I don’t even know what it is. This hasn’t happened to me before and hasn’t happened to me again.

    • Hi Cora,

      It sounds like your period may come very soon! Perhaps in the coming weeks or sometime this month. Make sure you have some pads with you :).

      Your friend,
      The Period BLog

  5. Hi
    Since lately I’ve been seeing my discharge
    It’s clear and sticky
    If I don’t have panty liners what else can I use

  6. My breast hurt at night and not during the day what does that mean

    • Hi KWB,

      I’m not really sure that that means. Are you going through puberty right now? It may jsut be an indicator that your breast are growing. If you are concerned then I would suggest you see your doctor.

      Your friend,
      The Period Blog

  7. I have been having a sort of watery substance in my panties, so could that just be discharge or something else…. (When I sneeze really hard i “wet” myself but its no pee so I was wondering)

  8. Hi, I am young and have been on my menstral cycle for about two years now. Lately I’ve been getting this feeling like liquid is squirting out of me when im just sitting down or anything like that. I know it is just vaginal discharge but when it happens it usually leaves me feeling um.. a little flustered. What does this mean and why does it happen?

    • Hi V.S.

      That sounds normal :). The vagina is kinda like a nose… there’s mucus and sometimes it drips out! That’s the squirting feeling when it comes out sometimes.

      Feeling flustered – doesn’t sound out of the ordinary to me :).

      Your friend,
      The Period Blog

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