You might feel totally embarrassed talking about it. But remember discharge is perfectly normal*. Combined with the vagina’s good bacteria, it helps keep you clean and protected and always remember, most women have it.
*Normal vaginal discharge is white or transparent and can also be brown just after your period. If you experience anything else, see your doctor.
Q: What’s vaginal discharge?
A: Even if you’re not used to taking about it, it’s sooooo reassuring to know that the vaginal discharge you often find on your undies is a normal part of being a woman. It’s usually clear or milky white, but it can also be brown just after your period.
Q: Is my discharge normal?
A: Rather than getting freaked out by discharge, take a chill pill and read on. Although we can't give a one-size-fits-all answer, the following’s a guide:
What’s normal depends on how old you are, if you're taking any vitamins, prescription or herbal medicine, pregnant or have any health issues. Normal vaginal discharge is white or clear, and has little or no smell. It’s usually about a teaspoon a day, but can be heavier or more noticeable at different times of the month. It depends on when you ovulate, sexual activity and whether you’re on the pill or not. Also, it’s not unusual for your discharge to be brown or discoloured a day or two after your period.
Vaginal discharge may be abnormal if it’s not clear to yellow, if it’s smelly or if you’ve got any pain or itching. If you’ve got any questions or concerns, talk to your doctor or other healthcare professional. Remember, you might feel awkward but you won't offend them – that’s what they’re there for, and they're used to answering questions like this.
Q: Why do I get discharge? Is it healthy?
A: Vaginal discharge isn’t just there to annoy us, it actually serves a really important purpose – namely carrying out the old cells that line your vagina and keeping it from becoming dry. It's your body's way of keeping your vagina clean and healthy. If your discharge doesn't look like what’s described as normal, talk to your doctor.
Q: Do all women and girls get discharge?
A: Yes, but everyone’s different and the amount can change at different times of the month and stages of life. You normally first get discharge when you hit puberty (10-17 years old) and you’ll get it in varying degrees throughout your life even through menopause (50+ years old).
Q: When do you get discharge?
A: You get discharge in between your periods. The amount and thickness of your discharge can depend on where you are in your cycle and what you’re doing. When you ovulate (around days 13-15 of your cycle), it’s more clear and stretchy (like egg white). At the beginning and end of your cycle your discharge might be more thick and white, while it can also be clear and watery at times. It can also be heavier after you exercise.
Q: Is there anything I can do about discharge to keep me feeling fresh and clean?
A: If your discharge is making you feel a little less than fresh, CAREFREE® BARELY THERE™ liners are an easy way to feel fresh, clean and dry every day. Wear CAREFREE® BARELY THERE™ liners on all the days between your period to maintain that fresh underwear feel and to protect your favourite undies from light discharge. Change your liner not your undies during the day.