Vaginal discharge 101
Vaginal discharge is completely normal as this is your body's way of keeping your vagina healthy and clean. Think of it as a natural way of your vagina's communicating to you about hormonal cycles, fertility patterns, vaginal pH, and overall vaginal health.
Vaginal discharge is any non-menstrual fluid that exits your vagina, though is mostly made up of cervical fluid, a compound produced by uterine cells.
Due to rising and falling estrogen levels, cervical fluid may change in its look, consistency, and smell throughout the different cycle phases. However if the colour is in shades of gray, green and brighter yellow, or brown, it is important to pay attention too.
Normal vaginal discharge is usually clear or milky and may have a subtle natural scent that is not unpleasant or foul smelling. If you notice any unpleasant smell like pungent, metallic, fishy, it may be a sign that you need to address your vaginal health.
If there is any itching and discomfort, that is another signal that something is off with your hormones and/or pH.
All vaginas have a pH level, and our vaginal discharge reflects how basic or acidic our vagina is. A healthy range is considered to be within 3.8 - 4.5. Yeast infections may result in discharge that appears overly yellow, while Bacterial Vaginosis may result in thin discharge that is greyish.
Vaginal pH is heavily impacted by the health of your vaginal microbiome. These microbes help to create an environment where they can thrive, and this means an environment with a balanced pH; harsh soaps and douching can be disruptive, as your water consumption and diet plays a role too.
If you are looking to rebalance, nourish, and fortify your microbiome down south, try our Cleansing & Moisturising Oil, Prebiotic+Postbiotic to cleanse your vulva daily.
For those experiencing itching, Cleansing & Moisturising Oil, Sea Buckthorn + Fragonia is a great option as it contains repairing sea buckthorn and anti-fungal + anti-bacterial fragonia oil.