Discharge 101: for all of you ladies without google!
(I hope I put this in the right group - thought Period Talk is the most vagina related 🤷🏼♀️)
Today we are doing a lesson on discharge because we can’t stop posting about it here! Use this as a reference guide or inspiration to google your discharge!
Let’s begin 👩🏼🏫
Type / Symptoms: Very watery discharge that has more liquid than normal. Possible heavier discharge than normal and discomfort down there.
What It Means: It could be a sign of herpes. Herpes causes open sores in the vagina, and they can ooze out, resulting in a heavier amount of liquidy discharge. Herpes is extremely common.
What You Should Do: Go to your doctor right away.
Type / Symptoms: Can be yellowish or other colors, very smelly odor, genital irritation, swelling, burning when peeing, itchiness, vaginal bleeding, pain during sex, and even a fever.
What It Means: It's probably a STD or infection like gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, or herpes.
What You Should Do: Go to your doctor right away. An STD or STI won't go away on it's own, and if left untreated, it can lead to serious medical issues.
Type / Symptoms: Rusty reddish-brown discharge that looks like blood and usually happens right before or after your period. No odor or itchiness.
What It Means: You're spotting. Spotting like this happens at the end of your period, and is kind of just whatever is left over. If you're spotting in the middle of your cycle, it could be your BC pill.
What You Should Do: If it's happening at the end of your period, protection until you're sure it's gone. If you're spotting in the middle of your cycle and you're not on the Pill, see a doctor. Spotting should not happen all the time.
Type / Symptoms: Frothy, yellow-green that smells like fish or rotten eggs (the smell is similar to BV). Possible spotting, bleeding, itching, swelling, pain, burning urination, and more frequent urination.
What It Means: It could be Trichomoniosis, AKA trick. Trick is a common STI that isn't talked about very often. It's actually one of the more common forms of vaginal infections.
What You Should Do: Go to the doctor right away. Trick is curable and treatable, but it's VERY contagious and you can spread it easily. Leaving it untreated could lead to further complications. Also, don't have sex until it's gone!
Type / Symptoms: Milky white, slightly creamier than before, but no smell and no itchiness or burning.
What It Means: As you get towards the middle or end of your ovulation cycle, your discharge gets more like this because of a release of progesterone.
What You Should Do: nothing. This is totally normal and nothing to stress over.
Type / Symptoms: Clear, elastic, resembles raw egg whites. No smell, no itchiness, no burning.
What It Means: Clear discharge with no smell and no other symptoms is completely normal. Every girl has discharge - it's a sign of a healthy vagina.
What You Should Do: Nothing! Some girls only have a little and some have a lot - if it's really too much and it's bothering you, you can wear panty liners. But don't wear them every day, because panty liners suffocate your vagina and can actually cause an infection.
Type / Symptoms: Creamy white, chunky, and clumpy, with no odor that stands out. Itchiness and discomfort, pain during urination, and redness and swelling.
What It Means: You have a yeast infection. You can prevent them by ingesting healthy bacteria on a regular basis - things like yogurt and acidophilus can help.
What You Should Do: Go to your doctor right away. Your doctor can give you medication or you can pick something up over-the-counter.
Type / Symptoms: Grayish, off-white, or maybe even a bit yellow, with a strong fishy odor that is noticeably worse after having sex. It might be itchy down there, and the it might be foamy.
What It Means: It's most likely a vaginal infection like bacterial vaginosis. BV is a very common infection that usually happens when your pH balance is thrown off, or there is too much "bad" bacteria down there.
What You Should Do: BV is typically not serious and usually ends up going away on it's own. However, it can end up leading to other complications, so it's always a good idea to see a doctor about it. They can prescribe medication to make it go away faster, and they can investigate to see if anything else is going on.
NOW YOU KNOW HOW YOUR VAG WORKS!
Take care of your princess, keep her clean and see a doctor if you’re concerned!