What types of vaginal discharge are there?
Modified on: Mon, 4 Sep, 2023 at 5:25 PM
- White — Thick, white discharge is common at the beginning and end of your cycle. Normal white discharge is not accompanied by itching. If itching is present, thick white discharge may indicate a yeast infection.
- Clear and stretchy — This is “fertile” mucous and means you’re ovulating.
- Clear and watery — This occurs at different times of your cycle and can be particularly heavy after exercising.
- Yellow or green — May indicate an infection, especially if it’s thick or clumpy like cottage cheese or has a foul odour.
- Brown — May happen right after periods as your body is “cleaning out” your vagina. Old blood looks brown.
- Spotting blood — This may occur mid-cycle or when ovulating. Sometimes early in pregnancy you may have spotting or a brownish discharge at the time your period would normally come.
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