What is vaginal discharge?

Vaginal discharge is a clear or whitish fluid that comes out of the vagina. The uterus, cervix or vagina can produce the fluid.

Is vaginal discharge normal?

Yes. Most women have vaginal discharge but not all discharge is normal. The amount of discharge is different for each woman. Some women have a little discharge now and then. Others have discharge every day. Your "normal" discharge might change many times throughout your life.

If my vaginal discharge changes, do I have an infection?

Maybe. Your discharge might change color, become heavier or smell different. You might notice irritation around the opening of the vagina. You might also notice changes before or after your period. Changes in vaginal discharge may or may not be a sign that you have a vaginal infection.

Can a woman have more than one type of infection at one time?

Yes. A woman may have two or three types of infection at the same time.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 08/30/2019.


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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Population Affairs. Vaginal Discharge. Accessed 9/17/2019.
  • Bishop G. Clinical Methods: The History, Physical, and Laboratory Examinations. Chapter 172, Vaginal Discharge. Accessed 9/17/2019.

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