See birth control options. Ladies and curious gentlemen , today's topic may not be the sexiest one, but it's an important aspect of every woman's health: vaginal discharge. Vaginal discharge is something that many women are curious about and want to discuss, but feel reluctant bringing up. That's why we at Buoy Health wanted to learn more about this natural body process, what's normal, and what to watch out for. Here's what Dr. Kim had to say.
What is vaginal discharge?
We include products we think are useful for our readers. If you buy through links on this page, we may earn a small commission. White discharge is a white fluid that comes out from the vagina or penis, including during and after sexual activity. For example, cervical mucus cleans and lubricates the vagina. Penile fluid, which flows through the same tube as urine, neutralizes leftover acidity so sperm can safely pass. In other cases, white discharge is caused by an infection. Vaginal discharge during penile-vaginal penetration is usually expected.
What should I do if I have a vaginal discharge?
Discharge refers to a mixture of fluids that comes out of the vagina or penis. People may notice discharge before, during, or after sexual intercourse. Certain factors can influence the amount and appearance of discharge. The consistency of vaginal discharge, for example, naturally changes throughout the menstrual cycle. Healthy vaginal discharge is a clear or white fluid that contains cervical mucus, vaginal fluid, and cell debris.
We include products we think are useful for our readers. If you buy through links on this page, we may earn a small commission. Vaginal discharge is a healthy part of vaginal health. More to the point, the discharge can mean your vagina is healthy. However, from time to time, white discharge may be a sign of an underlying problem. A thick, white discharge can occur throughout your menstrual cycle. The discharge may start out thinner in the days leading up to ovulation, or when an egg is released. During ovulation , the discharge or mucus may become very thick, and mucus-like. Vaginal discharge is used to help keep your vaginal tissues moist and lubricated. The fluids act as a natural lubrication to move bacteria, dirt, and germs out of your vaginal cavity.