your vaginal discharge The pH level is naturally on the acidic side and ranges from 3.5 to 7. A healthy vagina produces more acidic discharge, but pH can fluctuate due to all sorts of factors, including your sex life, hormones, and menstrual cycle. Normal, healthy vaginal discharge is acidic and can leave white or yellow stains in the crotch area of your underwear. You may not notice these stains when you wear light-colored clothes, but when you wear white underwear, you may see yellowish, off-white stains, while on black underwear, they may appear as bleached stains. This is a completely normal occurrence and does not mean there is any problem.
The vagina contains ‘good’ bacteria such as lactobacilli, these bacteria keep your vagina healthy by maintaining the ideal acidity level and prevent bad bacteria from causing infection. Vaginal discharge increases during ovulation and pregnancy due to increased cervical mucus. When this discharge comes into contact with air, it can dye your underwear a slightly yellow color due to oxidation, cause it to lose its color or thin this part over time. While these results may sound a little scary, they are all happening within the healthy pH range of your vagina.
Although this is normal, there are some steps you can take to prevent it if you are uncomfortable with the results. First of all, you can completely prevent stains by wearing daily pads. These create a barrier between your vulva and your underwear, directly preventing slightly acidic discharge from reaching your underwear. Since using pads every day may cause different discomforts, you may prefer to use them only during periods when your currents are intense. When you are not using the pad, rinsing your underwear right after you wear them instead of keeping them in your laundry basket until it’s time to wash them will prevent the flow from sitting on the fabric and affecting it.
Vaginal discharge is an extremely healthy and must-have thing. You can usually have up to 4 ml of discharge per day. This discharge prevents the vagina from cleaning itself and prevents harmful microorganisms from breeding in your vagina. The amount of vaginal discharge changes throughout the menstrual cycle, and most pregnant women experience pregnancy discharge. Healthy discharge does not have a strong odor or color, but an uncomfortable wetness may be felt.
Your discharge doesn’t have to be completely odorless, so you don’t have to worry if there’s a slight odor. A strong odor or change in odor can be a sign of irritation and infection, in which case you may want to consider consulting your doctor.
Clear, white or cream discharge in color is normal. Brown, yellow, or green discharge during non-menstrual periods may indicate an infection. If the discharge becomes solid and lumpy, you may suspect an infection.
If you notice any changes in the color and odor of your vaginal discharge, this may be a sign of bacterial vaginosis, a common bacterial infection. If the color and odor change is accompanied by itching or irritation, it may suggest a candida infection. Gonorrhea or chlamydia can also be manifested by excessive yellow mucus discharge.
Every woman’s body processes differently, so it’s very important to know what’s normal for you and to check for any changes. Do not delay consulting your doctor if you experience any changes that are not normal for you.
Ellen Scott. “Why your vagina leaves ‘bleached’ patches in your underwear” https://metro.co.uk/2019/05/24/vagina-leaves-bleached-patches-underwear-9672616/ (20.05.2019)