Real Talk on Vaginal Discharge

Why do we still feel weird about it? Here are facts about discharge that will make you love and be in awe of your body!

We’re here again, to talk about the things we’re taught to cover up or pretend don’t exist. This time, we’re diving into discharge. Turns out this very normal function happens to be one of the most embarrassing and under-discussed issues in our lives. What’s worse? The emotions of shame that come with discharge and discoloured panties. Let’s get into it!

Discoloured undies? It's bloody annoying!


The truth is, our new underwear doesn't usually stay that 'new' after a few days. The truth about discharge is that it's hidden, just like our hair and body odour- but it's a part of our body! It’s happening because of your vaginal discharge/ cervical mucus, which is natural for everyone with a vagina, and reflects normal changes in one’s body. You’re not alone. However, vaginal discharge is also predominantly responsible for cleaning the vagina, keeping it safe, and protecting us from infections. This discharge isn’t meant to stay in the body, so it flows out onto your underwear. Embrace it.

 

Bleach please!
The phenomenon around your vagina’s naturally acidic pH.


What is a pH scale? pH stands for “Potential hydrogen”. It is the measure of the hydrogen ion concentration within a substance. In simple terms, it can be understood as the measure of the acidity or basicity of liquid solutions. It can vary from 0 to 14 and anything below 7 is acidic. The vaginal pH range falls down somewhere between 3.5 and 4.5, which is not only accountable for safety, lubrication, and your daily well being, but also protects your vagina from any bacteria that may invade your urinary tract and impede its hygiene. The discharge coming from your vagina, theoretically, is acidic and may discolour your underwear because it can literally bleach them! It’s completely natural and happens to all of us. 

Vaginal discharge and sexual shame;
A sham.

We have made strides in our culture in challenging stereotypes and yet women still feel weird about their discharges. Owing to many years of covert shame when it comes to talking about vaginas, most of us believe there’s something peculiar about vaginal discharge. We get insecure about how our vulvas look in size, shape, and shade. This creates expectations to douche, cleanse, pluck, wax, and use scents for a pleasant smell. But vaginas aren’t meant to smell like flowers and petals, they’re meant to smell like what they are - vaginas!

pH fluctuations happen.
Self love? Keep that steady.

Amongst a myriad of factors, primarily indulging in sexual activities, your vagina’s pH balance can be affected to a certain extent. Other factors include using chemical-based products or soaps (A BAD IDEA), menstruation, douching, or vaginal infections. The fluctuation of vaginal pH largely isn’t seen as a problem because the vagina has its own equilibrium and goes back to how it’s supposed to be. This way, it maintains consistent growth, self cleaning, and an indomitable power to protect itself from any infections or bacterias.

Lactobacilli: The good kind of bacteria!


Lactobacilli is a good bacteria which keeps a vagina happy and healthy by maintaining optimum acidity levels and warding harmful bacteria off from causing vaginal infections. It’s touted to prevent influx of pathogens by keeping their population intact and in stringent check. This is a good thing because excessive growth of pathogens can cause a higher risk of vaginal infections like bacterial vaginosis (BV), vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC), and sexual transmitted disease (STIs).


What matters? Self-acceptance.
— But when is it time to worry?

It’s always good to be aware of your general discharge. The colour, smell, texture, and its consistency. The natural scent of a vagina is likely to vary depending on your menstrual cycle, level of sexual activity, workout routines, and also the kind of foods consumed. Awareness is the key; have a sense of what’s normal for you and how your vaginal discharge typically smells. Certain foul odours can be a sign of vaginal infections/ other underlying health issues, and being aware of what “normal” smells like for you will help you discern drastic changes and variations. The most common form of vaginal discharge is a white discharge which is mostly thick, sticky, stretchy and clear/ milky. However, if your discharge changes, it can indicate abnormality. It might be a sign of infection and one should visit a gynaecologist and not self diagnose.

Colours that come with signs of an infection

Vaginal discharge that is yellow or green, smells fishy, and is accompanied by pelvic pain, itching, and inflammation can be a signal of infection. If these symptoms coincide with unexplained weight loss, pain in abdomen, fever, and increased urination, it’s a sign of an urgency, so it’s essential to see your gynaecologist as soon as possible.

It’s normal to feel insecure

Being insecure is okay, you’re not alone. Dark, thin, or asymmetrical labias with vaginal discharge may make you question your body. But it’s also all the more reason to explore and learn more about yourself and your beautiful body! 

 

Ditch the discharge worry and share!

JuJu wants to be a part of your well being. We do this by cultivating openness and strength to talk about our bodies. Share your stories and thoughts with us in the comments. We’re walking the path to pride, not shame. Period.

 

Why do we still feel weird about it? Here are facts about discharge that will make you love and be in awe of your body!

We’re here again, to talk about the things we’re taught to cover up or pretend don’t exist. This time, we’re diving into discharge. Turns out this very normal function happens to be one of the most embarrassing and under-discussed issues in our lives. What’s worse? The emotions of shame that come with discharge and discoloured panties. Let’s get into it!

Discoloured undies? It's bloody annoying!


The truth is, our new underwear doesn't usually stay that 'new' after a few days. The truth about discharge is that it's hidden, just like our hair and body odour- but it's a part of our body! It’s happening because of your vaginal discharge/ cervical mucus, which is natural for everyone with a vagina, and reflects normal changes in one’s body. You’re not alone. However, vaginal discharge is also predominantly responsible for cleaning the vagina, keeping it safe, and protecting us from infections. This discharge isn’t meant to stay in the body, so it flows out onto your underwear. Embrace it.

 

Bleach please!
The phenomenon around your vagina’s naturally acidic pH.


What is a pH scale? pH stands for “Potential hydrogen”. It is the measure of the hydrogen ion concentration within a substance. In simple terms, it can be understood as the measure of the acidity or basicity of liquid solutions. It can vary from 0 to 14 and anything below 7 is acidic. The vaginal pH range falls down somewhere between 3.5 and 4.5, which is not only accountable for safety, lubrication, and your daily well being, but also protects your vagina from any bacteria that may invade your urinary tract and impede its hygiene. The discharge coming from your vagina, theoretically, is acidic and may discolour your underwear because it can literally bleach them! It’s completely natural and happens to all of us. 

Vaginal discharge and sexual shame;
A sham.

We have made strides in our culture in challenging stereotypes and yet women still feel weird about their discharges. Owing to many years of covert shame when it comes to talking about vaginas, most of us believe there’s something peculiar about vaginal discharge. We get insecure about how our vulvas look in size, shape, and shade. This creates expectations to douche, cleanse, pluck, wax, and use scents for a pleasant smell. But vaginas aren’t meant to smell like flowers and petals, they’re meant to smell like what they are - vaginas!

pH fluctuations happen.
Self love? Keep that steady.

Amongst a myriad of factors, primarily indulging in sexual activities, your vagina’s pH balance can be affected to a certain extent. Other factors include using chemical-based products or soaps (A BAD IDEA), menstruation, douching, or vaginal infections. The fluctuation of vaginal pH largely isn’t seen as a problem because the vagina has its own equilibrium and goes back to how it’s supposed to be. This way, it maintains consistent growth, self cleaning, and an indomitable power to protect itself from any infections or bacterias.

Lactobacilli: The good kind of bacteria!


Lactobacilli is a good bacteria which keeps a vagina happy and healthy by maintaining optimum acidity levels and warding harmful bacteria off from causing vaginal infections. It’s touted to prevent influx of pathogens by keeping their population intact and in stringent check. This is a good thing because excessive growth of pathogens can cause a higher risk of vaginal infections like bacterial vaginosis (BV), vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC), and sexual transmitted disease (STIs).


What matters? Self-acceptance.
— But when is it time to worry?

It’s always good to be aware of your general discharge. The colour, smell, texture, and its consistency. The natural scent of a vagina is likely to vary depending on your menstrual cycle, level of sexual activity, workout routines, and also the kind of foods consumed. Awareness is the key; have a sense of what’s normal for you and how your vaginal discharge typically smells. Certain foul odours can be a sign of vaginal infections/ other underlying health issues, and being aware of what “normal” smells like for you will help you discern drastic changes and variations. The most common form of vaginal discharge is a white discharge which is mostly thick, sticky, stretchy and clear/ milky. However, if your discharge changes, it can indicate abnormality. It might be a sign of infection and one should visit a gynaecologist and not self diagnose.

Colours that come with signs of an infection

Vaginal discharge that is yellow or green, smells fishy, and is accompanied by pelvic pain, itching, and inflammation can be a signal of infection. If these symptoms coincide with unexplained weight loss, pain in abdomen, fever, and increased urination, it’s a sign of an urgency, so it’s essential to see your gynaecologist as soon as possible.

It’s normal to feel insecure

Being insecure is okay, you’re not alone. Dark, thin, or asymmetrical labias with vaginal discharge may make you question your body. But it’s also all the more reason to explore and learn more about yourself and your beautiful body! 

 

Ditch the discharge worry and share!

JuJu wants to be a part of your well being. We do this by cultivating openness and strength to talk about our bodies. Share your stories and thoughts with us in the comments. We’re walking the path to pride, not shame. Period.