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Am I Normal? Vaginal Discharge

Vaginal discharge is a normal and natural part of reproductive health. Yet, it's a topic that many people feel uncomfortable discussing openly. 

 

What is Vaginal Discharge?

Vaginal discharge is the fluid produced by the glands in the cervix and the walls of the vagina. It plays a crucial role in maintaining the health of the vaginal environment. This discharge helps to keep the vaginal tissues moist, lubricated, and clean. It also provides protection against infections and helps flush out dead cells and bacteria.

 

Normal Vaginal Discharge

Normal vaginal discharge can vary in color, consistency, and amount depending on age, menstrual cycle, and hormonal fluctuations. Generally, healthy vaginal discharge should have the following characteristics:

 

When to Seek Medical Attention

While normal vaginal discharge is a healthy sign of your body's functioning, there are times when changes in your discharge may indicate an issue that requires medical attention. You should consult a healthcare professional if you experience the following:

 

By being informed about what's normal and what's not, you can better monitor your reproductive health and seek medical attention when necessary. 



Author
Allison Bradley-Amore, DO, FACOOG Allison Bradley-Amore, D.O., F.A.C.O.O.G. is a Board-Certified OB-Gyn physician who joined Premier OB-Gyn in 2018. Dr. Bradley-Amore is originally from Groveland, Massachusetts, a small town north of Boston. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Davidson College in North Carolina and earned her Master of Science degree from Tufts University in Boston. She received her doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2014. She was elected Chief Resident of the University of Central Florida’s Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Osceola Medical Center. She is a huge Disney fan and can be found exploring Walt Disney World during her time off.

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