Let’s talk about a little about discharge. Many of us wonder if discharge is normal after your period? Yes…it’s completely normal. Your body produces discharge to protect itself. It’s also a way for your body to get rid of fluid and old cells that you don’t need anymore. Hormones are the cause for vaginal discharge before and after your period. Throughout the month, your discharge will be different depending on where you are at in your cycle.
Discharge is different for everyone. The amount, color, and consistency of discharge vary from woman to woman. It can be clear, thin, or thick and still be healthy. It can change based on where you are in your cycle, on ovulation, sexual arousal, or stress. It’s also important to stay away from douching. It can really mess with your natural body chemistry.
There are times that discharge is not a good thing. If you notice a fishy smell or strong odor coming from your v, definitely reach out to your doctor. Something might be out of whack that can be easily fixed. To maintain healthy lady parts, eat healthy, minimize sugar, exercise, and get enough sleep.
Overall, discharge is a natural, healthy thing we, as women, experience throughout our lives. It’s important to pay attention to it to maintain healthy lady parts. If you start noticing changes in your discharge such as color, odor, or consistency, seek medical attention from your doctor. These changes may indicate an infection and it’s important to treat it as soon as possible.
- White Discharge – Possibly a Yeast Infection or Bacterial Vaginosis
- Milky to cloudy white
- Strong fishy odor
- Thick, cottage cheese-like consistency
- Itching, burning during urination, lower abdominal pain, or swelling of your v
- Green Discharge – Possibly Trichomoniasis or Chlamydia
- Yellowish to green
- Fishy, sour smell
- Thick, pasty consistency
- Pelvic pain, itching, swelling of your v, bleeding, urinary inconsistency
- Yellow Discharge – Possibly Bacterial Vaginosis or Gonorrhea
- Pale to dark yellow
- Fishy odor
- Thick, creamy lotion like consistency
- Itching, swelling or redness of your v, pain during urination and sex
- Gray Discharge – Possibly Bacterial Vaginosis
- Cloudy white to pale gray
- Stronger than normal odor
- Creamy consistency
- Vaginal swelling, itching, and burning
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