Is it normal to still have a discharge even after a girl starts her period?

    Yes. Discharge helps clean and moisten the vagina as well as prevent and fight infection. Normal discharge can vary in texture and color depending on where a girl is in her menstrual cycle.

    There are times when discharge can be a sign of a problem, though. See your doctor if you notice any of the following:

    • discharge that is brownish, greenish, or grayish in color
    • discharge that looks like pus
    • discharge that looks like cottage cheese
    • discharge that looks foamy
    • discharge that has a strong or unpleasant fishy smell
    • burning, swelling, itching, or redness along with the discharge
    • pain in the pelvis or belly

    Otherwise, don't worry about discharge — it's normal and healthy!

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