Clue is on a mission to help you understand your body, periods, ovulation, and so much more. Start tracking today. Vaginal discharge is common, and will vary throughout your menstrual cycle. Unusual or atypical vaginal discharge differs in color, consistency, smell or quantity compared to your usual discharge. Unusual vaginal discharge may be a symptom of a bacterial imbalance, an infection or an STI, or in rare cases, cervical cancer. To keep your vagina healthy, avoid douching and use protection during sexual activity.
How to Control Vaginal Discharge: 10 Steps (with Pictures)
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The Difference Between Normal and Abnormal Vaginal Discharge
Last Updated: March 31, References Approved. Sarah has over 10 years of experience teaching and practicing phlebotomy and intravenous IV therapy using physical, psychological, and emotional support. There are 35 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. This article has been viewed , times. Vaginal discharge, also known as cervical fluid, is normal and necessary for the proper function of your vagina.
Do you know the difference between normal vaginal discharge and abnormal vaginal discharge? Having discharge is a natural part of having a vagina, but sometimes changes in it can signal a problem. The basic function of your vagina is to provide a route from the outside of your vagina to your uterus and the rest of your internal reproductive system. The natural, acidic, pH of your vagina acts to prevent infections and is caused by natural, good, bacteria present in your vagina. On a "normal" day your vagina keeps itself clean and in a healthy state by producing clear, mucus-like secretions.