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Health Information For Teens
Vaginal discharge is fluid that comes from the vagina. You might see this on the toilet paper when you wipe, or in your underwear.
Normal vaginal discharge has several purposes: cleaning and moistening the vagina, and helping to prevent and fight infections. It’s normal for the color, texture, and amount of vaginal discharge to change at different times of the month during a girl’s menstrual cycle. But some changes in discharge may mean there is a problem.
Normal vaginal discharge can be:
For some girls, it’s normal to have a lot of vaginal discharge. They may even need to wear a pantiliner to keep their underwear dry. Other girls may not have much vaginal discharge at all.
Vaginal fluids should be clear, white, or off-white in color.
These signs can mean there’s a problem with a girl’s discharge:
Infections are the most common cause of unusual vaginal discharge. These infections include:
If you think your vaginal discharge has changed, make an appointment with your doctor right away. This is especially important if you’ve had sex because it could be a sign of an STD. Most causes of vaginal discharge can be treated.
You’ve probably heard lots of discouraging news about sexually transmitted diseases. The good news is that STDs can be prevented. Find out how to protect yourself.
Girls should get their first gynecological checkup between ages 13 and 15. Find out what happens during a yearly gyn visit — and why most girls don’t get internal exams.
Find out what the experts have to say.
Why do girls get periods? What goes on when a woman gets pregnant? What can go wrong with the female reproductive system? Find the answers to these questions and more in this article for teens.
Wondering what you can do to feel as clean as possible “down there”? Read this article for the facts on douches, wipes, and other feminine hygiene products.
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Periods can be confusing. Get the facts in this article for teens.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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