Harvard Women's Health Watch

Should I worry about a heavy vaginal discharge?

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Q. I'm concerned about the heavy vaginal discharge I have been having lately. Could this be a sign of an infection?

A. Vaginal discharge is natural, and an increase may reflect normal changes in your body. However, it frequently raises concerns and is a common reason women decide to see a gynecologist.

Most women produce "normal" vaginal discharge daily—typically a white or clear discharge that may have a slight odor or may be odorless. The amount, consistency, and color of the vaginal discharge vary from woman to women. Vaginal discharge can also vary over the menstrual cycle and can be influenced by contraceptive use. It may decline or change following menopause.

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