This question was submitted to Kids Help Phone by a young person and answered by one of our professional counsellors.
HI KHP, I JUST LEARNED ABOUT THE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEMS AND I WAS WONDERING IF A VAGINAL DISCHARGE IS A PERIOD? AND WHAT IS PMS? IS THICK TRANSLUSENT LIQUID THAT COMES OUT OF YOUR VAGINA NORMAL? WHAT DOES IT MEAN? AND WHAT IS IT?
These are completely wonderful questions. I’m just so glad you feel comfortable writing in to ask! 1. Vaginal discharge is not a period although a period is vaginal discharge. Vaginal discharge is anything that comes from the reproductive system that comes out of the vagina on its own. So a period is one type of vaginal discharge, but it’s pretty special so it has its own name. Other vaginal discharge is just he fluid that is made naturally by the vagina to keep it clean. It also provides lubrication for sexual intercourse. 2. PMS stands for pre-menstrual syndrome. So a set of symptoms that happens right before a period. Only SOME people have to deal with this syndrome. It usually consists of feeling a little crampy, bloated and grumpy just before the period starts. For some people it is severe and they get medical help to deal with it. Other use meditation or relaxation techniques as well as good nutrition to lessen the symptoms. Others don’t have these symptoms… and even some people feel extra creative and full of energy during their periods. I guess every person is different! 3. The thick translucent liquid that comes out of the vagina is vaginal discharge (see #1) and it is totally normal. In fact, it’s a good sign that when a person starts to get this discharge that their first period is coming in either a few months or a year or so. Most will get this fluid and notice it on the inside of their underwear at night when they change. No biggie. It’s just a sign that the vagina and rest of the genital region is starting to work. I hope that answers everything Take care and let us know if you have any more questions!