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Ive been having some white, clumpy vaginal discharge with little to no odor, what could it be?

By Anonymous October 4, 2014 - 10:18am
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I've been having some watery discharge for the past couple of days. There's small clumps of white in it, sometimes smells slightly fishy but sometimes it smells musky, as it usually does. I have no itching, burning or discomfort; not pregnant and my doctor treated me for sti's. Could my discharge be from stress or some other factor?

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Hi Anon,

Thank you for sharing your question with the EmpowHER community! Many women experience vaginal discharge as a normal bodily function. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), "having some amount of vaginal discharge is normal, especially if you are of childbearing age. Glands in the cervix produce a clear mucus. These secretions may turn white or yellow when exposed to the air. These are normal variations."

That is a good thing that your discharge is a normal smell and is not causing you any pain. If you do develop a strong, abnormal odor and you start experiencing pain it is important to see your doctor very soon as it could be an infection.

Several things can cause more vaginal discharge or changes in color and texture like stress, pregnancy, menstrual cycles, sexual excitement, diet and ovulation. 

Here is a great resource on EmpowHER that talks about how to tell when vaginal discharge is normal or not: https://www.empowher.com/reproductive-system/content/my-vaginal-discharge-normal.

I hope this helped! Remember, if you are still concerned about your vaginal discharge, it can help to visit your gynecologist to get an in-person opinion.

Please keep me updated and let me know if you have further questions.


October 4, 2014 - 12:41pm
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