Should I douche to get rid of vaginal discharge?

No. Douches should not be used to get rid of vaginal discharge. Douching can upset the natural balance of organisms in your body. Douching can also lead to infection.

Normal vaginal discharge should not be thought of as unclean or unhealthy. It is a normal way for your body to discard fluid and old cells.

When is vaginal discharge a sign of an infection?

Your vaginal discharge might be a sign of an infection if it:

  • Causes itching
  • Causes swelling
  • Has a bad odor
  • Is green, yellow, or gray in color
  • Looks foamy or like cottage cheese

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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