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Yes, it is normal to have vaginal discharge. The vagina begins to make discharge during puberty. The discharge is mostly water and also contains microorganisms.

Normal vaginal discharge is clear to white and does not have a noticeable odor. Signs of abnormal discharge include a change in the color, odor, amount, or consistency from what is usual for you.

A certain amount of vaginal odor is normal. If the odor is strong and noticeable, an infection or other problem may be the cause. If you sense a change in odor, talk with your ob-gyn. You may have a medical condition, and your ob-gyn can discuss treatment options.

Sprays, deodorants, and douches are not recommended. Using these substances in the vagina or on the vulva may irritate the vagina and make your symptoms worse.

See Vulvovaginal Health to learn more about your body and what is normal.

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Published: October 2020

Last reviewed: October 2020

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