Sexpert Q&A: Healthy Discharge

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Dear Dr. Yvonne, How do I know if my vaginal discharge is healthy or not? -Name Withheld

Dear Name Withheld, A female's vaginal discharge changes throughout the month and throughout her life cycle. Normal discharge tends to be thick and whitish, or slippery and clear - and may have a particular odor that is her "scent." This healthy discharge can change depending on where she's at in her menstrual cycle and can change with age and health conditions.

A female should plan to be examined by a healthcare practitioner when her vaginal discharge appears unhealthy. Symptoms of unhealthy discharge include being_ foamy, discolored, or having an unpleasant odor. A female may experience irritation, burning, and/or itchiness as well.

Dr. Yvonne KristAn Fulbright is a sex educator, relationship expert, columnist and founder of

Sexuality Source Inc.

She is the author of several books including, "Touch Me There! A Hands-On Guide to Your Orgasmic Hot Spots."