Every woman experiences discharge of all types, and no single woman has the same type of discharge, it's different for everyone. However, if you've noticed some change, then it's always best to go and get it checked out by a medical professional. Feel free to have a look to get a rough idea as to what your discharge could mean and what it's telling you.
*I am by no means a medical professional and I recommend you seek advice if you have genuine concerns about your discharge, never be afraid to speak up.*
Just remember that you can't prevent vaginal discharge, it's completely normal, but here are some tips to help you when it seems excessive or you're concerned about smell.
Do wear panty liners if it is heavy or causing you discomfort. Wash the area gently and avoid any scented soaps or perfume, as this will only cause irritation and prevent it from getting any better.
Don't douche, use scented soaps or perfumes and avoid any scented hygiene wipes. These can also cause soreness and won't get rid of any unpleasant smells.
And remember that any sexual health clinics offer walk-in services, where you can get tested quicker than a GP if any of your discharge or symptoms are of a concern to you.
This is considered normal or healthy discharge. This discharge normally doesn't have any smell, the consistency can also depend on your sexual activity or birth control pills.
However, if you have symptoms of itching, burning, or irritation, then it's probably a yeast infection which can be easily treated with over-the-counter medicines (Canesten is an example of such). Most of these creams can also be used to treat Athletes Foot.
This isn't a normal discharge colour. If you experience yellow discharge, it could mean a bacterial infection, such as Bacterial Vaginosis or a sexually transmitted infection. There is often an odour, although not always. Don't rely on any odour to go and get it checked out.
This is not normal discharge and is similar to having yellow discharge. It could mean you either have a bacterial infection or a sexually transmitted infection, such as trichomoniasis, chlamydia, or gonorrhoea. You'll be given antibiotics if it is indeed an STI. There is often an odour.
Brown discharge is something that you should go and see your doctor about. It can be caused by irregular period cycles, but if it keeps appearing, it can be possible that it's a sign of uterine or cervical cancer.
The shade can range from bright to dark and is usually the result of bleeding during a period. However, if you are not currently on your period, nor have any signs of it coming soon, go and see your doctor immediately. For those who have gone through the menopause and have not had a period for the last year or so must go right away to see a doctor, as this can be a sign of endometrial cancer.
Shades can vary from light to dark pink, and sometimes be accompanied by a bit of blood. This is usually before you start your period and normally nothing to worry about. It can also be a sign of implantation bleeding that occurs early on in a pregnancy.