Jessica Migala, Oct. 15, 2020

Your vagina tries to tell you a lot of things. And types of vaginal discharge naturally change throughout your cycle. It can be sticky, watery, or not really there. That fluctuation during the month is completely normal and dependent on your hormones at the time. “The vagina naturally cleans itself. Discharge is basically cells from the vagina and water,” says Kecia Gaither, MD, a double-board certified physician in ob-gyn and maternal-fetal medicine and director of maternal-fetal medicine at NYC Health+Hospitals in New York City. You’ve heard the phrase “the vagina is a self-cleaning oven”? That’s exactly right, she says. Healthy discharge is generally clear or milky in color.

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