This is an issue that drives many women nuts! First, yes, it could be normal physiologic discharge. Remember, the vagina has to be moist. Imagine if it were a dry cylinder (ouch!) The vagina walls stay moist and constantly secreting fluids and shedding old cells. It has it’s own self-cleansing routine. Depending on where you are on your menstrual calendar, the discharge changes accordingly. Pay attention to this so you can detect unusual changes from the norm. If there is an overgrowth of bacteria or yeast, you might see an abnormal discharge with odor or itching. If it looks like cottage-cheese, it’s probably yeast. Some STDs also cause a noticeable change in discharge that’s hard to distinguish from yeast or bacteria. It’s always a good idea to seek medical help for proper treatment. What about your hygiene routine? This is very important. Poor hygiene is just as bad as wrong hygiene with using the wrong products. Some soaps and cleansers change the vaginal pH and lead to an infection. Sex fluids (semen and saliva) can also be an issue. Avoid douching, just water rinse. Make sure you’re wiping from front to back. Stay in clean, dry, cotton underwear. If you are having any symptoms at all, it is important to see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Are there vaginal cleansing routines you think are helpful? Please tell me below. I’d love to hear your experience.