Vaginal discharge is fluid from the cervix and vagina that helps clear out old cells and keep your reproductive tract clean. Aside from menstrual blood, practically any fluid leaving the vagina can be characterized as vaginal discharge—think of it as the solution your vagina uses to self-clean (yes, your vagina really can do all that and more)! 

Though “normal” varies slightly from person to person, normal monthly discharge follows a pattern of: dry → sticky and white → thin, creamy/milky → slippery/stretchy and clear. 

Keep in mind, that typically, any changes in the odor or color of your discharge might indicate a potentially imbalanced microbiome —  and may indicate an untreated infection—so it’s best to reach out to your doctor

Recurrent symptoms? Meet Evvy's at-home vaginal microbiome test, approved by leading OB-GYNs.
Learn more

Referenced in this article: