Vagina Snot

Vagina Snot

A brief interlude about vaginal discharge.

 

Most vaginas produce discharge. The vagina is a mucous membrane, and in order to stay clean and damp, constantly produces tiny amounts of clear or white-ish discharge. It’s one of the reason that women’s underpants have a second layer of fabric in the crotch – it catches that discharge so it doesn’t leave a damp spot on your pants. Discharge can be thin and watery, or thick and sticky – that can change depending on what time of the month it is – and all of that is normal and fine.

 

Tell your children with vaginas about discharge.

 

Tell them what it is, explain that it’s normal, and that it has nothing to do with sex. Explain that unusual discharge is one possible sign of a vaginal infection, so keeping an eye on the color, smell, and consistency so you know what’s normal for you can be helpful and healthy.

 

The number of woman clients, students, and friends that I have who don’t understand what discharge is is slightly staggering.

 

I was talking with one of my clients last week, a young woman who went through an honestly decent sex education program in her school, and I realized we had some kind of miscommunication going on. She was explaining to me that she had orgasms just like boys do – white liquid in her underwear. After we talked about it more, I realized that she a) didn’t really understand what an orgasm was, and b) was talking about vaginal discharge.

 

So I explain what discharge was (eventually using the phrase “vagina snot,” to her delight), and she told me that all of her girl friends in school also thought that discharge was related to orgasming. We talked about the difference between lubrication from arousal and vagina snot, and she was pretty shocked!

 

I’ve also seen young people talking about how discharge is a sign of a girl who has sex, or is slutty. That girls who have discharge are dirty, or have STIs.

 

So it’s really important that young people know that discharge is common, healthy, and expected.

 

Talk to your kids about vagina snot.

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