Checking out your discharge is kind of like reading your vagina’s tea leaves. Vaginal discharge can sometimes clue you into what’s up down there, including if you have any potential health problems that should send you straight to the ob/gyn. But how much of the stuff is it normal to see on any given day? There’s no across-the-board easy answer here, but the amount of your discharge can still hint at a few things about your health.
Vaginal discharge might seem mysterious, but it’s actually just a mixture of cells and fluid from your vagina and mucus from your cervix (the low, narrow portion of your uterus), Maura Quinlan, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, tells SELF. It has way more of a purpose than just hanging out in your underwear; discharge is your vagina’s way of cleaning itself, staying moisturized, and shielding itself from infection and irritation, according to the Mayo Clinic.
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