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What is a normal vaginal discharge?

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Most of the time, vaginal discharge is normal. The amount can vary, as can odor. Its color can range from clear to a milky white-ish, depending on the time in your menstrual cycle. For example, there will be more discharge if you are ovulating, breastfeeding, or are sexually aroused. The smell may be different if you are pregnant or you haven't been diligent about your personal hygiene.

If the color, smell, or consistency seems unusual, especially if it accompanied by vaginal itching or burning, call your doctor.

From: Vaginal Discharge: What’s Abnormal? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health: ''What is Vaginitis?''

American Family Physician , 2004; vol 69: pp 2191-2192.

Mitchell, H. , 2004; vol 328: pp 1306-1308. BMJ

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: ''Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 2010.''

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 25, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health: ''What is Vaginitis?''

American Family Physician , 2004; vol 69: pp 2191-2192.

Mitchell, H. , 2004; vol 328: pp 1306-1308. BMJ

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: ''Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 2010.''

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 25, 2018

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