Ladies, do you discard your panties pretty often because they get discoloured? If you end up buying a new pair every time they turn white in the middle, you can avoid it! It is nothing you should worry about. It is a common thing that many women get worried about when they shouldn’t because it is a sign of a normal, healthy vagina. Vaginal discharge is a healthy way for your body to get rid of fluid and old cells. But sometimes it could be a sign of something serious. So, read this before you throw your panties out due to a yellow or white stain on your panties.
Obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Divya Vora took to her Instagram to share the reason behind the discolouration of your panties and why it’s not something you should worry about.
Buying new panties because they turn white in the middle is not something you should worry about. Dr Vora shares that it is absolutely normal and happens because of your vaginal discharge interacting with the colour of your panty. Vaginal discharge is acidic in nature and it makes our coloured panties bleached, which can lead to a bit of discolouration.
A healthy vagina has a natural pH level between 3.8 and 5, which is acidic in nature. Certain health conditions can affect your vaginal pH levels. It can even vary among premenarchal and postmenopausal women, as per the study published in the journal Diagnostics. Since there is nothing wrong with vaginal discharge, it being acidic and is a sign of a healthy vagina, you don’t need to throw your panties out.
While having a white discharge is normal for most women, any changes in this discharge should not be taken lightly. By changes we mean, unusual odour, one that looks different from normal discharge. You should worry when vaginal discharge is accompanied by irritation, burning sensation or itching. Studies have shown that these could be signs of either a sexually transmitted disease or inflammation or infection.
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Dr Vora notes that you should visit a doctor and get yourself checked if you see any changes in the colour of vaginal discharge, a change in consistency or itching if there’s any redness around your vulva.
If you are concerned about the stains you see, and looking for ways to get rid of the stains, here are some ways you can try:
Also Read: This is a gynaecologist’s guide to underwear hygiene for a healthy vagina
Vaginal discharge is normal and can lead to discolouration of your underwear. If your underwear is turning white in the middle, it means that you have a healthy vagina, and you don’t have anything to worry about. Vaginal discharge is a healthy way for your body to get rid of the fluid and old cells. So, you don’t need to worry about it unless you see a change in the discharge such as an unusual smell, irritation, itching etc. If you notice any unusual signs, consult your doctor to avoid complications and severe infections.
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