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Hi, my name is Sarah. I have white/yellowish discharge in my underwear. It has been going on for about three or four years now. Im almost 13 and i dont want to tell my mom. Im not good at this stuff. Is there anyway i can tell if it has a smell or if i can prevent it? Please help. Many thanks to all those who reply.


Hi there

Discharge is a strange word, isn't it? It means something that leaks out. Vaginal discharge means the fluid or mucus stuff that comes out of a girl's vagina. She might see it or feel it on her underpants.

About 6 months to a year before a girl gets her first period, her body may start to produce vaginal discharge. This is normal and is caused by the changing level of hormones in a girl's body. This discharge helps to keep the vagina healthy. Girls continue to have vaginal discharge after they get their periods. Women also have this discharge, which continues until menopause, when their bodies don't make as much of it.

Normal vaginal fluids can vary. They might be thin and slightly sticky to thick and gooey. They can be clear to white or off-white in color. The amount of discharge can also vary depending upon a girl's menstrual cycle. For example, fluids tend to be a bit heavier around the time a girl ovulates, which is when an egg is released from the ovary and moves into the fallopian tube.

Normal discharge might have a slight odor (smell) and should never cause itching or burning. Problems like itching, a strong odor, or a change in color (such as brown, gray, or green) indicate that a girl may have a vaginal infection and needs to see a doctor.

For normal discharge, a girl can wear a pantiliner if that makes her more comfortable. Sometimes the moisture from normal vaginal discharge can irritate the skin. You can prevent skin irritation in the vaginal area, especially when it's hot and humid outside, by wearing cotton underwear and avoiding clothes like tight jeans and pantyhose that don't let your skin breathe.

It is also important to keep your body clean by bathing on a regular basis. You don't need to do anything special to keep this part of your body clean. Just soap and water does the trick.  While going to the bathroom, always wipe from front to back.

In your case, since this white/yellow discharge has been going on for three to four years, yes sweety, you do need to inform your parents and then visit a doctor for proper evaluation. Nothing to be embarassed about, your parents will be expecting your response. It is in your interest to visit a doctor. Good luck



Hi Sarah,

That sounds like physiological (normal) discharge to me. This discharge starts in the early stages of puberty for most girls, and it helps clean out your vagina, as well as playing a role in the menstrual cycle once that starts.

Vaginal discharge also does say a lot about your pelvic health. Green, yellow, lumpy, or smelly discharge can be a sign of disease, When you say you have whitish yellow discharge, it doesn't sound like that's the "bad kind" though; I think different people just interpret colors slightly differently and physiological discharge is actually a kind of off white that some people might call yellow and others white. It doesn't look like lemon yellow, does it?

In any case, since you're 13 and experiencing discharge and you're worried about it, you would be right to see a doctor about it. It's best to go to an OBGYN who can do your first pelvic exam and you can ask her any questions about your body and sex that you might have at the same time.