Discharge – the technical term for vaginal dribble
To put it simple terms, like we said a girl’s vagina is naturally wet inside, so it is understandable that they might dribble a bit, this is what discharge is. Most women will find that their knickers may get a little damp during the day – this is perfectly natural. Healthy discharge is a similar consistency to uncooked egg whites, and will dry to leave a yellowish stain inside your pants. As a girl goes through her menstrual cycle her discharge can vary slightly. A girl may find she produces a little bit more or less as she moves through her monthly cycle. She might also notice her discharge changes consistency, becoming a bit thicker and creamier or stickier and changes taste slightly if you check. The fact is all girls’ bodies are slightly different and behave in different ways. So be aware of how your body works and how your discharge fluctuates from day to day. This way you will get to know what is normal for you.
(This is important – if a girl has unusual discharge it could be a sign of infection – so it is what is unusual for you – if there is a distinct change in the amount, colour, or your discharge starts to have a strong smell it could be a sign that there is something not quite right and might need checking out.)
© Going off the Rails 2012. Adapted from ‘Playing Downstairs’ by Jonny Hunt