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Discharge and scent

Discharge is the whitish liquid that comes out of the vagina when you're not having your period. It is this discharge that keeps your vagina clean on the inside.

Normal

Vaginal discharge is normal and very important. Discharge actually keeps your vagina clean on the inside. The discharge may start to smell a bit if it dries up between your labia or in your underwear. But if you take good care of yourself, your labia will stay clean and you won't smell.

A clean vulva: 5 tips

  • Put on clean underwear every day.
    Your panties may smell a bit if you wear them for a long time. Throw them in the wash after you’ve worn them once.
  • Use cotton underwear without a panty liner.
    Synthetic underwear and panty liners can make you sweat more, which may cause irritation in your vagina. In turn, this causes more discharge, making your vagina smelly.
  • Wash your labia from time to time with lukewarm water, but not with soap. Don't use vaginal soap either.
    If you use soap to wash your labia, this will upset the acid balance in your vagina. You may end up with itching, irritation, yeast infections (thrush), bacterial vaginosis and pain when having sex.
  • Don't wash your vagina on the inside. It keeps itself clean.
    Don't use vaginal soap either. Washing your vagina with it disrupts the pH balance. This can lead to itching, irritation, yeast infections (thrush), bacterial vaginosis and pain when having sex.
  • Does your discharge suddenly smell completely different? Go to a doctor.
    Has something in your discharge changed? Is your vaginal discharge perhaps much thicker, thinner, a different colour or smells bad? Do you have pain or itching? Go to your own doctor or make an appointment at a Sense clinic. You may have a yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis or an STI.