Thank you for your question! Discharge is common to all women and helps vaginas stay healthy by regularly flushing them out ("self-cleaning") and maintaining their pH. Most women have some vaginal discharge throughout their menstrual cycle. Here are some ways to determine if your vaginal discharge is normal or if you have cause for concern:
Clear or whitish discharge (may be yellowish when dried)
Yellow or greenish discharge, or discharge that suddenly changes color
Mild odor or none at all
A strong, foul, sometimes "fishy" odor, or a sudden change in odor
Can vary from "paste" like and somewhat sticky to clear and stretchy, depending on where you are in your cycle and whether you are aroused
Clumpy or lumpy discharge, with "cottage cheese" like texture
Can vary from very little to quite a lot (particularly when ovulating or aroused)
Sudden changes in volume, particularly if other symptoms are present
Hopefully, your doctor has ruled out bacterial vaginosis (a disruption of the balance between "good" and "bad" vaginal bacteria) and other kinds of underlying infections, including trichomonas, yeast, chlamydia, and gonorrhea. If you continue to have increased discharge that you feel is not normal for you (or is a change from how it has always been for you), I would recommend that you get a second opinion. Some of the above infections can cause irreparable damage to the reproductive organs and need to be treated. It is also possible that your discharge is normal and that there indeed is no infection, as your doctor suggested.
In the mean time, you should stay away from any perfumed soaps, lotions, and detergents. Sometimes fragrances can cause or exacerbate these kinds of problems.
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