Down There Care

Is My Discharge Normal? 3 Vulva Care Must-Knows

By Jennifer Newell Jillian LoPiano, MD

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Asking questions about “down there” can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Our Betties often report feeling too awkward to ask their parents or too old to consult a pediatrician.

This frequently leaves us wondering, “Is this normal?” From pain and discomfort to grooming habits to bodily functions…we’ve got you! With help from our amazing medical board, today we are tackling some REAL questions from some REAL Betties regarding the care and keeping of our vulvas and vaginas.




#1: Watery discharge with an ammonia-like odor…a cause for concern?

Contrary to popular belief, there are actually many different “kinds” of discharge that can occur at various times in a Betty’s cycle. Most are normal. An ammonia smell is a bit abnormal, but that doesn’t necessarily mean there is a problem. Some discharges, like a cloudy white discharge with a fishy odor, indicate a potential issue. But, if this Betty’s discharge is a one-time or short-term occurrence, it should be fine! If it’s an ongoing problem, it’s a good idea to talk to a gynecologist about it. It might seem like an uncomfortable topic, but it shouldn’t be. We WANT to talk to you about it!

If you aren’t sure, it is best to

consult a medical professional.


#2: About buildup (discharge) management, is it okay to use panty liners every day?

We love panty liners. They are designed to wick away moisture, which is great for managing bleeding. But unfortunately, they can disrupt the normal vulvar environment. This can cause irritation and sometimes result in even more discharge than you would normally have.

Also, a lot of Betties have been enticed by products that claim to maintain flowery or fruity odors. However, we want you to avoid using anything scented, as it can cause irritation and even additional buildup no matter what time of the cycle you’re in. Your “down there” does not have to smell like a summer meadow…the odor is natural!

So, while panty liners are great for light cycle days, they’re a no-no for everyday use.

If you feel like you are producing too much discharge, or you’re worried about smell, make sure to talk to a gynecologist!


#3: Finally, the naked truth: Is it “normal” to shave one’s pubic hair?

Yes, this is normal in a sense that a lot of Betties do like to trim up their hair down there, particularly if they don’t want pubic hair to show while wearing a swimsuit. Waxing, shaving, and other types of hair removal have all been proven to be safe when done correctly (in some cases professionally). However, it is important to approach these practices with caution and be sure to read all treatment instructions!

But it’s also normal not to! We know that “grooming” is the most common word used to describe pubic hair removal tactics, but we don’t love that word. It kind of implies you have to do something to be sanitary or to prepare for some big event (like you’re grooming your pubic area for someone else). This should not be the case! Any decision you make about your body’s care should be YOUR OWN.

Well, that’s a wrap on vulvar care for today! Stay tuned for more burning questions with Betty’s Co. or better yet, ask your question in the comments section below.



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