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Normal Vaginal Discharge


Vaginal discharge is fluid that comes from the vagina. Having vaginal discharge is normal and healthy. Some people have a little, and others have more.

Normal vaginal discharge:

  • Is white or clear and can be thick or thin. It can be brown at the start or end of your period.
  • Does not smell bad.
  • Does not cause pain, itching, burning, or redness.
  • Varies with age, your menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and the use of hormonal birth control. For example, you may notice more discharge during pregnancy.

See your doctor if you are concerned that your vaginal discharge isn't normal.


Current as of: November 27, 2023

Author: Healthwise Staff
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