Jump to content. Changing hormone levels during pregnancy can affect the normal balance of organisms in the vagina. If you are pregnant and have abnormal vaginal symptoms, such as vaginal discharge or itching, talk with your doctor about your symptoms before using home treatment measures or nonprescription medicines. Abnormal vaginal discharge may look like a symptom of a vaginal yeast infection. You can also have abnormal vaginal discharge with problems such as bacterial vaginosis BV or sexually transmitted infections STIs. BV or an STI can affect your pregnancy, so be sure to talk with your doctor and get treatment. Note : If you have symptoms of a pelvic infection or think you may have an STI, do not have sexual intercourse until you see your doctor.
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2. Is it water down there? Urine? Lubrication?
Vaginal discharge is fluid that comes out of the vagina. Most women have discharge at some point during their life. Discharge is usually white or clear. Some women have discharge every day, but others experience it only occasionally. The amount and type of discharge that you experience can change throughout your monthly menstrual cycle. It can also change throughout your life, including during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause.
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The vagina is a mucous membrane, which means that the skin and tissue of a healthy vagina are always moist. Many factors can affect how much fluid the vagina produces. Typically, the inside of the vagina feels slightly wet. The vagina may feel very wet during arousal, while menopause can cause vaginal dryness. Vaginal fluids are essential for keeping the vagina healthy and for making sexual activity comfortable.
Normal vaginal discharge is a healthy way for your body to get rid of fluid and old cells — but discharge can also be a sign of something more serious. Clear or white fluid that comes out of the vagina is called vaginal discharge also known as leukorrhea. This discharge contains mucus that is normally produced by glands in the cervix and the walls of the vagina. When exposed to air, the discharge may turn white or yellow. It can also be cloudy, bloody, or green. While most women experience vaginal discharge at some point, some women have it more often — and in larger amounts — than others. Characteristics such as the color, thickness, or smell of the discharge may change based on the following factors:. Other causes of vaginal discharge and vaginal itching may include:. The following signs may indicate that your vaginal discharge is due to an infection, such as a yeast infection :.