- Discharge is usually normal, but it can be an indicator of an infection.
- Normal discharge happens after exercise, around ovulation, during or after your period, while aroused—or any time.
- Abnormal discharge is excessive, smelly, yellow, or green, and can mean you have an STI, bacterial vaginosis, a yeast infection, hormonal issues, or pregnancy.
- When in doubt: Talk to a doctor!
White dischargeWhite discharge is usually normal, especially just before and after your period. However, if you feel like there’s a lot of it, or if it looks a bit like cottage cheese and/or starts itching or burning down there, it may well be a yeast infection (thrush). Yeast in the vagina is normal, but the levels can be thrown off and multiply for various reasons such as stress, diabetes, reacting to latex condoms, antibiotics, hormonal birth control, and pregnancy.
Clear, watery dischargeThis is totally normal, and can happen any time, especially after exercise. Just check occasionally to make sure it doesn’t smell bad (although a slight musk or sweat smell is totally normal).
Clear, silky dischargeOften when we’re turned on, the vagina naturally self-lubricates, creating a slippery clear discharge. We tend to produce less lubrication as we get older, so you can explore artificial lubes to prevent discomfort. Also, some people produce a creamy, silky discharge after orgasm, or ejaculate (squirt) clear, watery liquid during sex, which is completely natural and healthy.
Discharge is usually normal, but it’s always worth getting checked if you’re worried about any changes.