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Vaginal discharge


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Vaginal discharge is usually clear and does not have a strong smell. You might have an infection if your usual discharge changes appearance or smell.

Common causes of unusual vaginal discharge include bacterial vaginosis, thrush and sexually transmitted infections like chlamydia.

If you have a lot of vaginal discharge, washing the skin around your vagina gently with water can help to avoid irritation.

Vaginal discharge is normal. But it might be a sign of a problem like an infection if it looks, feels or smells different to usual.

Page last reviewed: 15/02/2024
Next review due: 15/02/2027