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Characteristics of Normal Vaginal Discharge

Almost all women secrete vaginal discharge. Vaginal discharge itself can be one of the problems that we face as women, your vaginal discharge can be a sign of infection within your intimate area. But did you know that not all vaginal discharge is a sign of infection or illness? Vaginal discharge itself can be interpreted as a normal condition of the body. There are several characteristics of normal vaginal discharge that you can pay attention to. Before discussing the signs of normal vaginal discharge, we will first touch upon the basics of vaginal discharge.

What is Vaginal Discharge?

Vaginal discharge is a mucus fluid that comes out of the vagina. Without a doubt, vaginal discharge is related to female fertility. Many people think that vaginal discharge is dangerous. However, this view is not entirely true, because vaginal discharge itself has several advantages for our bodies, especially for our vaginas. The benefits of vaginal discharge include cleaning, protecting, and wetting the vagina.

Vaginal discharge itself has two different categories, namely normal vaginal discharge and abnormal vaginal discharge. Normal vaginal discharge are ones that appear when you are sexually aroused, during exercise, during the ovulatory phase, and even during stress. Meanwhile, abnormal vaginal discharge can be caused by various kinds of infections, such as bacterial infections, fungal infections, trichomonas infections, and infections originating from other sexually transmitted diseases.

Then how do we distinguish normal and abnormal vaginal discharge? Normal vaginal discharge can be seen from the following characteristics.

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Characteristics of Normal Vaginal Discharge

    1. Clear Color
    2. A characteristic of normal vaginal discharge that we can pay attention to is color. Normal vaginal discharge is clear white, and may appear yellowish when dry. If you find another color, then it could be a sign of infection or irritation in the intimate area.


    1. Odorless
    2. Normal vaginal discharge should not smell foul or fishy. If you smell an unpleasant smell, it could be a sign of abnormal vaginal discharge.


    1. Liquid, Sticky, or Thick Texture
    2. The texture that indicates normal vaginal discharge actually varies. Some have a thick, paste, and elastic texture; however, this texture can be affected by your body’s conditions such as the menstrual cycle, among other things. But if you find a foamy and lumpy texture, this is a sign of abnormal vaginal discharge.


    1. Does Not Cause Itching or Pain
    2. Normal vaginal discharge does not come with any discomfort, such as itching or pain in the vaginal area. If you feel itchy or pain from your vaginal discharge, then this could be a sign of abnormal vaginal discharge.


  1. Amount
  2. To see whether the vaginal discharge you experience is normal or not based on the amount is quite difficult. This is because the amount of normal vaginal discharge varies greatly from woman to woman, it can be a little or a lot. To see whether the vaginal discharge experienced is normal or not, it must be balanced by looking at other conditions, such as pain or itching, color, texture, and aroma. Usually, women will experience a lot of vaginal discharge when entering the ovulatory phase.


The above are some of the characteristics of normal vaginal discharge that you can pay attention to. If you feel that you often experience abnormal vaginal discharge, you can check the smell, texture, color, and more. You can see it when you change your underwear. By making this observation, you will know the characteristics of the vaginal discharge that you are experiencing.

If you experience sudden changes to your vaginal discharge but still can be considered under the normal category, it could be a sign that your body is tired or stressed, or just changes in your menstrual cycle. However, if the signs of vaginal discharge that you are experiencing are abnormal, then you should immediately consult a doctor to make sure there is no infection and other problems that you are experiencing. Do not compare the characteristics of your vaginal discharge with other people’s. This is because the characteristics that occur for each person are different.

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