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Key to Colors of Vaginal Discharge

Every woman has some vaginal discharge which keeps the vagina healthy, and here are some basic facts regarding the color:

  1. Most should be clear or almost clear, and gets to be like egg white when you ovulate, and can even be heavier at midcycle. Your underwear may not be a good sign of what ‘color’ the discharge is as discharge color can change when exposed to air.
  2. No one should need a pad for ‘normal’ or ‘healthy’ discharge, and chronic pad use means visit the gyno, and they can determine the color of the discharge actually in your vagina.
  3. White discharge can be totally normal, and it can even be describe as  ranges from white and sticky to clear and slippery.
  4. White chunky, or cottage cheese like discharge could be due to yeast in the vaginal canal.
  5. Birth control can change the type of discharge you have.
  6. Thin white or grey discharge can be a sign of BV, or bacterial imbalance.
  7. Discharge shouldn’t cause odor or itching or urinary symptoms.
  8. Discharge shouldn’t cause bumps or problems with shaving, or actual redness or irritation to your skin.
  9. Green, yellow, or heavy white discharge could be a sign of more serious bacterial STIs like chlamydia, gonorrhea, or trichamonas.


Suzanne Trupin, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and owner of Women's Health Practice, Hada Cosmetic Medicine, and Hatha Yoga and Fitness

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