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What is This White Milky Discharge?

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First, don’t panic. You can experience a white milky vaginal discharge and you can also experience a white milky nipple discharge.

An odorless, white milky vaginal discharge is perfectly normal and a white milky nipple discharge is very rare.

First, let’s tackle the white milky discharge ʺdown southʺ.

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians website, ʺglands inside your vagina and cervix make small amounts of fluid. This fluid flows out of the vagina each day, carrying out old cells that have lined the vagina. This is your body's way of keeping your vagina healthy and clean. The discharge is usually clear or milky and doesn't smell bad.ʺ

Also, the website stated, ʺThe color and thickness of the discharge change with your monthly cycle. The discharge is thicker when you ovulate (when one of your ovaries releases an egg), when you breastfeed or when you're sexually excited.ʺ

If you notice a change in the smell of your discharge, color of the discharge or itching, you may be suffering from a vaginal infection and need to see a physician. These infections are known as:

• Trichomoniasis
• Bacterial vaginosis
• Yeast infection

For additional symptoms you can go to http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/vaginal-discharge/symptoms.html

Also, to avoid vaginal infections remember to:

• Always wipe from front to back.
• Avoid perfumed or colored products like toilet paper, bubble bath, tampons or maxi pads.
• Avoid douching and feminine hygiene sprays.
• Wear cotton underpants during the day.
• Don't wear underpants at night.
• Avoid wearing tight-fitted clothing (biking shorts, leotards, panty hose, etc.) for long periods of time.
• Change your laundry detergent or fabric softener if you think it may be irritating your genital area.
• Sperm-killing agents and latex condoms may irritate might cause an allergic reaction.
• Shower or wash your genital area daily and pat dry.

Finally, let’s discuss white milky nipple discharge.

According to the National Institutes of Health, ʺa milky nipple discharge is rare in men or women, but it does occur.

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