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QUESTION OF THE WEEK: How much vaginal discharge is normal? 

Vaginal discharge is the creamy, clear-to-whilte-to-yellow stuff that oozes out of your vagina. It normally starts early in puberty, around  the same time your breasts bud, because both of these changes are caused by estrogen, the main puberty hormone for girls. Even though you don't hear a lot of people talk about discharge, all girls and women have it. It's actually the way the vagina cleans itself and stays moist and comfortable. When it comes out, it usually has a milky or creamy appearance, but when it dries in your underwear, it can look darker yellow and become "crusty." It's usually enough to lightly stain the crotch of your underwear, so yes, that's normal, too. 

Once your periods start, the amount of discharge will increase or decrease depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle. Sometimes, there's not much discharge at all. Sometimes there's a lot more. The color and consistency can also change during your cycle, making it thick and yellowish sometimes, and thin and clear at other times. If you pay attention, youll begin to notice how it changes in amount, color and consistency with your cycle. 

So, is there an amount that is too much or too little? That's hard to say since everyone is different, but basically, it's totally normal to have enough discharge to wet and stain your underwear, but it shouldn't soak it. But don't forget that you also sweat "down there," so if your underwear is wetter than usual, it may be from sweat, more than discharge. If your discharge starts to cause itching or burning, has a stinky odor, or changes color, you need to check with your doctor. Otherwise, most girls manage discharge by washing daily, changing underwear, and some use a panty liner when the discharge is heaviest. 

 

Comments (20)

  • anon

    thx this was good to know

    Aug 03, 2016
  • anon

    So glad it was helpful! Not a conversation that happens very often.

    Aug 11, 2016
  • anon

    My under wear is usually crusty and it's been like this for a while. It also doesn't look creamy or white, just clearish... At school when i go to the bathroom it looks wet and I have no period yet. Should i be worried since this usually is happening?

    Oct 05, 2016
  • anon

    Hi LittleFreckle, it sounds like you're having discharge, and it's a normal part of developing. Vaginal discharge will happen for a while before you get your period, so there's no need to worry. It can be clear, white or yellowish - all normal.

    Oct 06, 2016
  • anon

    Thanks! I have this right now, and it really was ruining my underpants until I began using liners.

    Oct 27, 2016
  • anon

    I thought something was wrong with my body when I noticed the gunk. This article made me feel a bit better about it. Should I be using something?

    Jan 27, 2017
  • anon

    Hey Girl, You should use panty liners. I've heard that Always has some good ones. There's even a company that only makes liners, and its name is Carefree.

    Apr 15, 2017
  • anon

    how should i ask my mom for pantieliners

    Apr 14, 2017
  • anon

    You should just slip her a note that says "I've been having discharge, and I wonder if I could use pantiliners" or "I've heard about pantieliners and I'm wondering if I could use them" or you can just ask her personally. She has been through this because every girl has so it shouldnt be hard

    May 22, 2017
  • anon

    I was going to ask the same thing it really helps to know that I'm not the only one

    Jun 06, 2017
  • anon

    I was wondering what was in my underwear all this time it is good to be able to know this stuff without having to talk to someone about it

    Jun 06, 2017
  • anon

    This has been happening for a while and I had no idea what it was! This cleared things up for me!

    Jun 11, 2017
  • anon

    So, i have been seeing white-ish creamy stuff in 'that area' although it is not in my underwear, but it sometimes irritates. Is this vaginal discharge?

    Aug 15, 2017
  • anon

    Yes it is my mom told me all about it in my family since it's all girls in my house we are all really open about it

    Oct 20, 2017
  • anon

    It is vaginal discharge and it is normal. It happens to every girl. Including your mom, teacher, grandma, and soon your friends. If you need any advice ask your mom, teacher, grandma, and even your friends if they make you feel more comfortable.

    May 04, 2018
  • anon

    Tysm! I have been having this for a monthottwoand I actually thought ur was pee! I began to think this was normal to have it and when I read this it made a lot more sense.

    Aug 27, 2017
  • anon

    Thanks!! didn't know what this stuff in my undies was.This really helped!!

    Sep 21, 2017
  • anon

    My 8 year old told me today that her "privates" had some strange stuff coming out,.. obviously vaginal discharge. She has a little body odour but no sign of breast buds. Is it really possible that she might be getting her period in the next 6-12 months? I only got mine at 14! She feels far to young to have to take this on - it makes me very sad.

    Oct 10, 2018
  • anon

    It’s a common myth that vaginal discharge is a sign that the first period is near. Actually, vaginal discharge is an EARLY sign of puberty. It usually begins when breasts first start to grow (breast budding). That’s because as the hormone estrogen is released and triggers breast growth, it also affects the vagina by causing discharge. Breasts are one of the first signs of puberty and discharge starts shortly after that. For most, the first period starts about 1 1/2 to 3 years after breasts bud and vagina discharge begins.

    Jan 23, 2019
  • anon

    This definitely help to talk and explain to my 10 year old and what’s going on with her body

    Jan 21, 2019

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