The medical name for vaginal discharge, a mix of fluid and cells that typically helps keep the vagina healthy and clean.


Wash the outside of the vagina with warm water only. Gently blot dry with a cotton towel. Wear cotton underwear and loose clothes.

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a healthcare professional if:

  • Vaginal discharge is greenish, yellowish, thick or cheesy.
  • The vagina has a strong odor.
  • The vagina or surrounding skin itches, burns, feels irritated or changes color.
  • Bleeding or spotting happens outside of menstrual periods.