Written by Simone M. Scully on January 26, 2021

“The vagina is a self-cleaning organ, and as such does not require a ‘detox,’” says Dr. Kecia Gaither, an OB-GYN and specialist in maternal fetal medicine, and director of perineal services at NYC Health and Hospitals/Lincoln. It’s completely normal to have a slight odor or vaginal discharge whether you’re pregnant or not — and you shouldn’t be trying to cleanse your vagina of either. “Normal vaginal discharge basically consists of water and vaginal cells,” Gaither explains. “Depending on what time course of the menstrual cycle, the color may vary from clear, to white, to off-white, [and] the consistency of the secretions [can vary] from thin and watery to elastic and stringy to thick and gooey.”

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