You may have experienced a “leak” in your panties and on top of being embarrassed, you may feel damp, unclean, grubby or uncomfortable “down there”.
Firstly, you need to know that it is 100% normal to have vaginal discharge. It occurs in all women and varies depending on various factors. For example, there will be more discharge if you are: ovulating, breastfeeding, pregnant, or sexually aroused. Stress or poor personal hygiene can also cause hormonal imbalances within the body, which could lead to vaginal discharge. The discharge has several purposes: cleaning and moistening the vagina, and helping to prevent and fight infections.
What to look out for
Normal vaginal fluids may be thin and slightly sticky or thick and gooey in consistency. The colour could be clear, white or off-white. It should have no odour to a slight odour, but ordinarily, there will be no odour from a vagina when everything is normal.
If you still find the discharge unpleasant, you can wear a pantyliner, cotton underwear or avoid tight clothes. When you have your period, change your pads or tampons often. Wash yourself daily with mild soap that is suited for the vagina or rinse with water. If you still feel unclean, you might want to clean or deodorise your vagina. Be careful about what you choose.
How to stay fresh
Medical guidelines advise not to use wipes, sprays or non-medicated douches. These could cause an imbalance in the pH level of your vagina which can result in infections.
If you want to douche, you must use a medicated douche that is registered within the Medical Authorities as it is specifically formulated for vaginal cleansing. Ask your pharmacist for a medicated douche.
When your discharge is trying to tell you something …
And while it’s totally normal to have vaginal discharge, take note of any changes in colour, odour or texture that is unfamiliar to you. It can be a sign of real issues that need to be addressed. Speak to either your pharmacist, clinic sister or a medical professional.
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