Watery & Clear Vaginal Discharge: Is it normal, and what does it mean?

Introduction

Vaginal discharge can be quite a question for teens and pre-teens who have just started their period. But what exactly is it?

For starters, vaginal discharge happens during your menstrual cycle and it can have different types, from elastic or clear. This kind of discharge is produced by the mucous that is the leftover of ovulation or the release of the egg cell inside a woman’s reproductive system. Vaginal discharge can vary depending on the woman and they can usually be not too alarming.

Here are the different kinds of vaginal discharge that women experience having:

1. Clear and watery

This type of vaginal discharge may be mistaken for pee, but it’s not. It can happen when you’ve gone through some serious physical activity, such as a workout. It is usually very normal at most.

2. Clear and stretchy

This is the kind of vaginal discharge that kind of looks like an egg white that isn’t cooked yet (from a raw egg).

3. White and thick

This kind of vaginal discharge is usually very common. The vaginal discharge is much like white paste and is normally not very itchy (unless you have a yeast infection), but it could be a little uncomfortable to see in your panties.

4. Other colors

These different colors can happen if you may have some sort of infection or some other case.

Is Vaginal Discharge Normal?

Yes, absolutely! Watery discharge is, in fact, one of the most common types of vaginal discharge out there. Think of it as a kind of mouthwash that kills most of the bad bacteria that may cause infection of your vagina and other parts of your reproductive system. It also maintains the pH levels so that your vagina won’t get too irritated with acids as well.

If you see a watery discharge, it is absolutely normal. If it’s not too sticky and has nothing like blood (or some other foul rotting smell) on it, then it’s usually very normal. If it changes to have a thicker consistency, then it just means you are ovulating, while if it gets into a thick paste, it means you are starting or ending your menstrual cycle.

Vaginal discharge usually happens if you are any of the following:



1. You’re sexually active

Whether you’re often having sex or masturbating (yes, women can do it too), being sexually engaged in most of the time makes your reproductive organs busier than ever. This also means that more of the mucous stuff needs to be produced, and this is why more vaginal discharge can happen in this case.

2. You’re taking birth control pills

Because these kinds of pills can have an effect on your menstrual cycle, as well as on your hormones, it can also alter the way that you are ovulating. This may also increase the amount of mucus that is released, much like with sexual activity, and therefore, vaginal discharge could happen.

3. You’re expecting or pregnant

Just like with any sexual activity or birth pills, having a baby inside your womb also means that you may have some of the vaginal discharge due to the mucous being the vigilant fluid that keeps your vagina from getting infections and the like.

What Does It Mean?

A vaginal discharge means that your reproductive system is on its way to release an egg. Here are the different interpretations of vaginal discharge:



1. Clear and watery

Any clear and watery vaginal discharge is just meant to cleanse out your vagina and the paths that the ovulation egg will go to. This is to help prevent the inner linings of your reproductive system and your vagina from getting an infection, which can be terrible, especially with a yeast infection.

2. Clear and stretchy

This kind of mucus indicates that you are ovulating and therefore, you are on your fertility phase. The stretchy consistency means that your reproductive system has released an egg.

3. White and thick

This kind of mucus or vaginal discharge usually happens when you start your menstrual cycle and when you end it.

4. Other colors

While not related, if you have a yellow or green discharge, this could be a sign of an infection, especially if it smells bad. If it is brown, it may usually be just some leftovers of your period (and it’s nothing to worry about, just use panty liners!). Brown discharge with added blood usually happens to pregnant women or in their mid-cycle.

If you are a little concerned, here are the different things that may affect how “normal” your vaginal discharge actually is:

1. Itching, rash or a sore feeling in the vaginal area

2. The discharge causes some terrible pain (like cramps)

3. The smell, texture or color of the discharge is not normal

In most cases, any of these abnormalities can be caused by any of the following:

1. Infection

This is usually due to a yeast infection, which is a common infection that a woman’s vagina usually gets.

2. Hormone imbalance

This may be due to taking birth control pills or some other disorders that may alter your hormones altogether.

3. Foreign object

In some cases, when your reproductive system gets a foreign object (maybe a tampon that’s been stuck there for ages), some bleeding may occur.

4. Uterus problems

In worse cases, there can be a problem with your uterus. You should consult your doctor or your OB so that you will know the problem and how to give remedy to it.

Conclusion

To wrap it up, watery clear discharge is absolutely normal! The only thing you need to note is if the discharge contains some other color that’s not your usual, such as yellow or green, then you should consult your doctor. If it’s white, clear and egg-white like or paste-like, then there is little to worry about! It just means that your vagina is doing its best to clear itself from bad infections, rashes, irritations and the like which can harm you (and your future baby).

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