Vaginal discharge is normal – most women and girls get it. It's a fluid or mucus that keeps the vagina clean and moist, and protects it from infection.
Vaginal discharge usually isn't anything to worry about if it:
You can get vaginal discharge at any age.
The amount of discharge varies. You usually get heavier discharge during pregnancy, if you're sexually active or if you're using birth control. It's often slippery and wet for a few days between your periods (when you ovulate).
If your discharge changes – for example, in smell, colour or texture – it might be a sign of an infection.
|Smells fishy||bacterial vaginosis|
|Thick and white, like cottage cheese||thrush|
|Green, yellow or frothy||trichomoniasis|
|With pelvic pain or bleeding||chlamydia or gonorrhoea|
|With blisters or sores||genital herpes|
Sexual health clinics treat problems with the genitals and urine system.
Many sexual health clinics offer a walk-in service, where you don't need an appointment. They'll often get test results quicker than GP practices.
Panty liners can help with heavy or excessive discharge or if you're worried about any smell.
To help prevent irritation, soreness or dryness: