Stained panties are normal – truth for its own sake.

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A few days ago I saw a post on Facebook where people were sharing a post about lingerie with a color change. Obviously this was done to make a fool of yourself and spread the assumption that if your underwear turns discolored you are unsanitary.

What excites me the most is that women shared this too, knowing full well that it’s not a question of hygiene, but a natural consequence of your vagina. Part of me doesn’t blame them because society’s expectations of women are way too high and “clean underwear and/or a vagina” is a certain priority.

Forbid the gods that you have stained underwear. However, I’m here to inform the folks in the back that if your underwear has no discharge or color change, you must see a gynecologist. Your vagina is self-cleaning and acidic, which means it’s always removing discharge, and the type of discharge depends on where your cycle is. Therefore, this article is based on the different types of vaginal discharge and what they mean for you as a woman. Depending on where you are in your cycle, the discharge will be a different color. From days 1 to 5, which is the beginning of your cycle, the discharge is usually red or bloody, as this is when the body sheds the lining of the uterus. This then indicates menstruation. However, if it is not the time for your menstrual period, you need to get this checked as it could be an indication of a cervical infection and/or an endometrial infection. On days 6 to 14, which are after your period, you may notice less discharge than usual. As the egg begins to develop and mature, the cervical mucus becomes cloudy and white or yellow. It may even feel sticky.

White discharge is often a healthy discharge; but it could also be a yeast infection. So, if the discharge comes with irritability, please see a doctor. If the discharge is yellow and/or green, this could be a sign of a sexually transmitted infection.

So it is imperative that you see your doctor. From day 14 to 25, this would be a few days before ovulation; The mucus becomes thin and slippery, similar in consistency to egg whites. After ovulation, the mucus will again become cloudy, white, or yellow, and possibly sticky and/or sticky. If your discharge is clear and thin, it is healthy discharge. However, it could also mean pregnancy or a hormonal imbalance. Finally, by days 25-28, the cervical mucus will be lighter and you will see less of it before you get another period. There are other discharges to look out for: If the discharge is pink, it can be a sign of cervical bleeding, vaginal irritation, and/or implantation bleeding. It is therefore important that you consult a doctor. If the discharge is gray, it could be a sign of bacterial vaginosis.

It is of the utmost importance to remember that your vagina is self-cleaning. You don’t have to use products to clean it or shove in items that you think will clean it.

Flush the outside of your vagina with lukewarm water, eat your fruit and plain yogurt with pineapple, and see your doctor if you notice any change in discharge.

*Frieda Mukufa’s lifestyle section focuses on women’s issues and parenting every Friday in the New Era newspaper. She also specializes in research proposal editing, proofreading and content creation. – [email protected]

04/08/2022 Frieda Mukufa

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