A vaginal discharge is common for most women. Discharge may be more noticeable during the middle of the menstrual cycle (ovulation). Some women even find it necessary to wear a pad or panty liner because of the amount of discharge.
Normal vaginal discharge:
Does not smell bad.
Is not accompanied by pain, itching, burning, or redness.
Varies with age, menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and use of birth control pills.
A change in your normal vaginal discharge may be a symptom of a vaginal infection.
Teenage girls may have a large amount of a watery discharge caused by high hormone levels during the teen years or by taking birth control pills.
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine H. Michael O'Connor MD - Emergency Medicine
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