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Is vaginal discharge normal?

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It is when it's clear. The vagina is a mucus membrane. That means fluids are supposed to be there. And you may see a few spots on your underwear. Some women have more discharge than others. Being on the birth control pill can affect discharge.

If you have itching, burning, or unusual discharge for more than a week, you should see a doctor.

SOURCES:

Jennifer Ashton, MD, ob-gyn and author of Avery Trade, 2009. The Body Scoop for Girls,

Lissa Rankin, MD, ob-gyn and author of St. Martin's Griffin, 2010. What's Up Down There? Questions You'd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend,

KidsHealth.org.

Planned Parenthood.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 16, 2019

SOURCES:

Jennifer Ashton, MD, ob-gyn and author of Avery Trade, 2009. The Body Scoop for Girls,

Lissa Rankin, MD, ob-gyn and author of St. Martin's Griffin, 2010. What's Up Down There? Questions You'd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend,

KidsHealth.org.

Planned Parenthood.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 16, 2019

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