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Things to know
about discharge:

#discharge, #puberty

  • Around puberty, your body may start releasing a fluid called discharge too.
  • This is a clear or creamy yellow fluid that's produced by glands at the entrance to your womb along with normal secretions naturally found on the walls of your vagina.
  • Generally you may start to notice discharge about 6 - 12 months before your first period.
  • Once you've had your period, you may still keep producing discharge regularly.
  • It's perfectly normal and is your body’s way of keeping your vagina clean and free from infection.
  • It's colour, texture and the amount you produce changes during the month. You'll find in the middle of your cycle, as your ovaries release an egg, the amount increases. At this time, it's normally clear in colour and runny.
  • A week before your period, it might start to look thicker and darker. This is totally normal and part of your monthly cycle. Did you know no more than a teaspoon full of discharge is made in any one day?
  • You might find it leaves you feeling uncomfortable. Try wearing a liner on a daily basis to help protect your underwear and stop you feeling damp. Lil-Lets Teens liners are designed to be smaller and come in re-sealable pouches to make it easy to keep them in your bag.
  • Discharge can also be your body's way of letting you know you've got an infection. Healthy discharge won't have a strong smell or colour. If it changes smell or its consistency (looks a little bit like cottage cheese) or you feel irritation, burning, or discomfort, then you might have an infection. Best to get it checked by your doctor so it can be quickly treated.


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Reply to Rebecca

Hi this is completely normal. I had discharge for almost 3 years before I got my period! It's a pain ik but you will learn to manage it and also if your discharge is brown it might be ur period anyway :)


Hello, I’m 12, nearly thirteen and have been getting discharge for over two years now, is that normal?


I totally get that, discharge is a pain and it sometimes ruins my knickers for the day as I have a lot some times :( But I highly recommend Always ultra-thin liners, they are amazing, so so soft, It's like it's not even there, and perfect to catch discharge, and protects ur kickers! :) Also, perfect to put on if you think you are going to start your period soon that month so it doesn't stain. ;)

Strawberry 3

My mum never talked to me about periods and at school we never got taught about discharge with the rest of the sex ed stuff so when it happened I was like AHH what is this stuff in my pants??? Luckily I found this and it helped. Btw, that was in year six I started my period in year ten so I had discharge for 4 years. It is not always a year before it can be wayyy more. It is a pain though. Thanks for reading and have a great day- Strawberry 3 xx


Don't worry. I have asked Vicki and it doesn't make any difference if your mum started her periods much earlier or later than you. It is down to when your body is ready. I am 13 and my mum started her periods at 11 so it doesn't make any difference at all so don't worry. I have had discharge for about 7-8 months and no period yet. Good luck. x


any brown discharge is ur first period! It will eventually turn redder but brown discharge is brown because it is old blood that took longer to come out. :)

random human being

I started having discharge when I turned 12. And had my first period when I was 13 ALMOST 14. Everyone is different :) But I do agree discharge is a monster!


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