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What is normal vaginal discharge?

Vaginal discharge is normal.

It is a fluid, or mucous, that keeps the vagina healthy and clean. Vaginas are similar to the inside of your mouth, they are a “mucous membrane” meaning that our bodies keep them moist to allow them to function healthily. Most people will therefore notice some discharge coming from their vaginas most days, and this will change throughout the hormonal cycle or may change with other influences such as medications and hormones.

Sometimes vaginal discharge changes and indicates something is wrong, such as if there is much more than normal, a change in colour or smell, or if there are other symptoms such as itchiness or soreness of the vulval area. See our video below for more information.

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