Vaginal discharge

Discharge is the non-period fluid that leaves your vagina.

The volume, consistency and colour of discharge will change throughout the menstryal cycle and also varies from person to person.

Types of discharges:

  • cervical fluid
  • arousal fluid
  • Ejaculation fluid
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Cervical fluid

Cervical fluid is an aspect of discharge that prevents/facilitates the movement of sperm past the cervix.

Hormonal fluctuations throughout the menstrual cycle stimulates the cervix to produce this fluid, with varying qualities & quantitaties.

Arousal fluid

Arousal fluid is produced during arousal to act as a natural lubricant by:

The production of arousal fluid can be affected by:

  • Fluctuating levels of hormones throughout the menstrual cycle.
  • Arousal
  • Mental state
  • Certain medications, such as birth control pills, etc.
Ejaculation fluid

Female ejaculation is still an unclear topic, but research claims that the small amount of milky fluid which can be produced during orgasm might be from Skene's glands, which are located near the urethra.

What is Squirting?

Squirting” is different from female ejaculation and does not necessarily happen during orgasn. It is suspected to be a form of dilute urine expelled from the urethra during orgasm.

Abnormal vaginal discharge

It’s normal to notice different types of vaginal fluid throughout your cycle.

However, abnormal discharge can be an indication of a problem, such as bacterial/fungal infection or STI.

Indicators of abnormal discharge:

  • Color : Grayish, greenish, yellowish, brownish.
  • Volume : Significant change in amount, often with other symptoms like itching.
  • Consistency : Fluid becomes thinner, thicker and more textured than normal.
  • Smell : Unpleasant, fishy, metallic.

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