NCBI Bookshelf. Boston: Butterworths; Vaginal discharge may be a subjective complaint or an objective finding.
The comforting news is that many colors are normal. Well, wonder no longer. Red or brown bloody discharge is normal during your period.
Burris describes vaginal discharge as fluid released by glands in the vagina and cervix. The fluid carries dead cells and bacteria out of the body, and vaginal discharge helps keep the vagina clean and prevent infection. Burris also says normal vaginal discharge varies in amount and ranges in color from clear to milky, white discharge.
Finding brown discharge on your underwear or when you wipe can be disconcerting. But the good news is that brown discharge is simply old blood. Fresh blood has a bright red color. But blood gets darker the longer it spends outside your blood vessels.
Vaginal discharge is a combination of fluid and cells continuously shed through your vagina. Normal vaginal discharge helps keep vaginal tissues healthy, provide lubrication and protect against infection and irritation. The amount, color and consistency of normal vaginal discharge varies — from whitish and sticky to clear and watery — depending on the stage of your reproductive menstrual cycle.
Is the color of your vaginal discharge telling you something important about your health? Normal vaginal discharge is milky or white and is odorless. But sometimes, an imbalance of bacteria in your vagina can cause your discharge to change color.
For when it's not so clear and odorless down there, here's what you should know. You can categorize vaginal discharge under "things you don't pay attention to unless they seem weird. It helps to establish a baseline and know what's typical for you.
Before ovulation the release of the eggthere is a lot of mucous produced, up to 30 times more than after ovulation. It is also more watery and elastic during that phase of your cycle. You may want to wear panty liners during that time.
Pregnancy brings many changes with it — some pleasant, and others concerning, to say the least. In fact, changes in color, texture, or volume of vaginal discharge are often the first signs that a woman is carrying a child. While changes in vaginal discharge can indicate an infection or a complication with the pregnancy — brown discharge can simply be a result of the pregnancy itself.
Clue is on a mission to help you understand your body, periods, ovulation, and so much more. Start tracking today. Vaginal discharge is normal, and will vary throughout your menstrual cycle. Abnormal vaginal discharge differs in color, consistency, smell or quantity compared to your usual discharge.