Welcome back to "Loving Your Ladyparts," a weekly series where we'll be discussing everything you need to know about what's going on below your belt, from why we wax to how you orgasm. Last week, we talked about why we're so freaked out about pubic hair. This week, we're on to figuring out what's coming out of our vaginas all month. You know what we're talking about Chances are you have a pretty decent idea what is happening when you get your period: Your uterine lining builds up, hopes that a sperm meets your egg, gets its hopes dashed when there's no baby, then sloughs it all off. Cue the pads and tampons.
Vaginal discharge is fluid—usually white or clear—that comes out of the vagina. Most women have vaginal discharge. Some women have discharge every day, while other women only have discharge occasionally. If the discharge changes color, smells different, or gets heavier, then you may have a problem such as an infection. Increased vaginal discharge can be caused by normal menstrual cycle changes, vaginal infection, or cancer rare.
If You Suspect Your Discharge Is Bleaching Your Underwear, You’re Probably Right
Top of the page Check Your Symptoms. Many women experience abnormal vaginal bleeding or spotting between periods sometime in their lives. Vaginal bleeding is considered to be abnormal if it occurs:. Abnormal vaginal bleeding has many possible causes.
Your vagina can tell you a lot about your health — especially when it comes to discharge, which can signify everything from normal cycles to major health issues , like STIs or other infections. Always ask your healthcare provider if something doesn't look right to you, but here are a few of the most common kinds, according to doctors. Don't freak out.