What is that whitish stuff in my underwear at the end of the day?

In the female body, this is something called discharge. Discharge is a liquid that comes out of the vagina and is basically the vagina's way of cleaning itself. Throughout the month, the texture, smell, and amount of discharge you see will change based on where you are in your menstrual cycle. You'll get used to its characteristics, but if you ever notice major changes in the texture, smell, amount, and/or color of your discharge, that may be a sign of infection. 

Many people are concerned about discharge and want to use products like wipes to make it go away. We strongly discourage this, because discharge is what keeps your vagina healthy and clean! You should not use cleaning products in your vagina, because these products can disrupt the normal pH and bacterial balance of your vagina, which can lead to infections like yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis.

I'm on the Depo shot and I've have brown discharge coming out of my vagina for the past month. Should I be worried that I'm pregnant?

One of the most common side effects of the Depo shot, especially during the first 3-6 months of getting the injections, is a change in one's period. This happens because the uterine lining is thinning. Sometimes a person will have a lighter/different colored period, irregular bleeding or spotting, or they may not get a period at all. The brown discharge is likely a result of your body getting used to the hormones in the Depo shot. Remember, you are 99% protected from getting pregnant if you get the Depo shot on time every three months. 

I'm a girl and there's a clear liquid that comes out of my vagina when I orgasm from masturbation. Is this normal?

When someone is aroused or “turned on” or if they have an orgasm, it is very common for the vagina to release and produce fluids. Some people may not have very much fluid, and some people may have a lot!

The past few days my discharge has been thicker and smells gross. What's going on?

If you've noticed a change in odor and/or discharge, it can be a sign of infection. We recommend making an appointment at Teen Clinic for a pelvic exam to make sure you get taken care of it you have any sort of infection.  Some infections like an overgrowth of yeast or bacterial vaginosis can occur organically from imbalances in the body. These are not STIs and they can be treated with either anti-fungal medications or antibiotics.

Although yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis are not STIs, some STIs can also cause abnormal discharge as well. That's why we recommend getting checked out so the provider can clarify exactly what the source of your symptoms is.

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