However, if you suddenly notice a lot more vaginal discharge in your underwear, it’s a sign that something might be going on down there. Exactly what that is might be as benign as your monthly cycle, having recently given birth, or undergoing some form of hormonal therapy, Metz says. Or it could be more problematic—for example, vaginal and yeast infections can lead to a sudden uptick in vaginal discharge. Generally, thick, white vaginal discharge with a cottage-cheese-like texture or fishy smell is a sign that you want to visit your gyno just to be safe.
To help prevent vaginal and yeast infections, Metz recommends “absolutely no douching or placing antibacterial soaps in the vagina.” Remember, a happy vagina depends on plenty of healthy bacteria in the vagina, and flushing out or killing that bacteria can allow bacterial intruders to make their way in. Taking a daily probiotic can also help to keep those healthy bacteria levels up. “Maintaining a well-balanced diet and showering immediately after sex and that sweaty spin class can also help,” she says. (If you feel the need to use soap down there, use a gentle formula like Sliquid Organics Splash Balance Gentle Feminine Wash from the Women’s Health Boutique.)
In this video, Metz shares more need-to-know information about vaginal discharge, and what it can tell you about your health. Hit play for a happy and healthy vagina.