A little bit of discharge from your vagina is normal and healthy. But if you've got more than you usually do, there could be some underlying causes for it. Find out what's causing your excess vaginal discharge and learn ways to control it by reading the suggestions below.
Keep track. Vaginal discharge might be a regular part of your body's cycle. You may not be aware, but it may increase depending on how close you are to your menstrual cycle. Make yourself a little chart that tracks when your vaginal discharge is heavy and when it is light. It may not be an infection - it may just be your body's own natural rhythms throughout the month. Keep track before you start to assume that your vaginal discharge is abnormal.
Use a pantyliner. Although a pantyliner won't stop your excess vaginal discharge, it will help to control and contain it. You'll feel much fresher and if you swap them out throughout the day, you should feel cleaner. Just ensure that you choose the most natural, unscented pantyliner you can find.
Wear breathable underwear. You may be experiencing increased vaginal discharge because your vagina is too moist. This is often caused by wearing clothing that is too tight, which restricts airflow to your private areas and prevents your vagina from "breathing." To avoid this, allow your vagina the space it needs! Wear breathable cotton underwear that is a bit looser than you normally wear. And try to wear skirts or flowing material to allow your vagina to get some air. This will prevent excess moisture in your vagina, which will cause bacterial buildup and more discharge.
Don't expose your vagina to scents. If you're noticing an increase in vaginal discharge, it may be because your vagina is affected by too many scents. Perfumes, body washes, sprays and dyes can all irritate your vagina. Even your toilet paper may be the culprit. To prevent and control vaginal discharge, use unscented products on your vagina. Stay away from perfumes or scented deodorants for your vagina. And certainly don't apply body lotions near your vagina, as it can disrupt the natural bacteria growth and lead to increased discharge and infection.
Douche only with water. Similar to scented products, douching will also disrupt your normal bacteria inside of your vagina. If you absolutely feel that you must douche, use only warm water. Anything else that you use on your vagina has the potential to cause infections.
Ask your doctor if your oral contraceptives could be causing it. Some birth control pills can cause you to have more vaginal discharge. So if you take oral contraceptives, this might be why you're experiencing these symptoms. Talk to your doctor about switching brands to see if the discharge lessens at all.
See your doctor if it doesn't clear up. If you are unable to control your vaginal discharge yourself, talk to your doctor. There may be another cause that you weren't aware of. Control and prevent excess vaginal discharge by having a full check-up done by your doctor at least once a year.