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    Normal Vaginal Discharge

    Normal Vaginal Discharge

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    A vaginal discharge is common for most women. Discharge may be more noticeable during the middle of the menstrual cycle ( ovulation ). Some women even find it necessary to wear a pad or panty liner because of the amount of discharge.

    Normal vaginal discharge:

    • Does not smell bad.
    • Is not accompanied by pain, itching, burning, or redness.
    • Varies with age, menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and use of birth control pills.

    A change in your normal vaginal discharge may be a symptom of a vaginal infection.

    Teenage girls may have a large amount of a watery discharge caused by high hormone levels during the teen years or by taking birth control pills.

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    By Healthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
    Last Revised June 13, 2013

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