An underwear issue

Hello!
Oftentimes, I just leave it to all of you to answer the question. But today's question requires a little medical expertise. That's why I'm linking to an article on KidsHealth.org. See below!

Dear PLS,
What's the yellowish-white stuff in my underwear? It always feels wet when I get it, and I either think I'm getting my period or going to the bathroom! Help!
Erin, 11


Erin's question is common. The answer is...it's vaginal discharge, a normal substance that appears 6 months to a year before a girl gets her first period. To learn more, you can read about it here: What's Vaginal Discharge?

Feel free to comment on this issue if you like. Some girls might feel more comfortable wearing a pantiliner in their underwear if the discharge is bothering them.

Think pink!
Jemma

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Anonymous Maddy 11 said...

I completely understand how you feel I am in the same situation currently, but my idea is not as good as jemmas or any doctors, but just change every so often as i do or wear pantiliner like jemma has said but its ok i have just started the Vaginal discharge too andi am pretty nervous but just stay calm and talk to your mom about it if you are bothered by the situation, but follow your moms tips and jemmas tips and you will be fine! and since I have seen this i am less nervous then i was because i didnt know what it was till now and jemma has been a huge help!

August 15, 2010 at 11:35 AM  
Anonymous Grace said...

I don't know exactly how you feel , but it could happen to me any day. I agree a lot with Maddie 11 . Talk to your mom about it. She has been in the same situation! She knows how it feels. She knows your period is soon to come. Don't be scared because it is your body. Just stay calm and cool. Good luck! Tell your mom! :D

August 16, 2010 at 11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah. i just discovered this site, I have had discharge for quitie a while now, my only problem is I can't remember when i got it, or when I started needing a bra, so I don't have a very clear idea of when my period will come, eek

August 16, 2010 at 3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok....ive had my perioud 4 almost a year now,and im still getting the viginal discharge....is this ok,or should i talk to my mom about it?

August 16, 2010 at 8:17 PM  
Anonymous Josie said...

Vaginal discarge is really no big deal. Just make sure if it smells "funky" or is a different color than yellow/white, you tell someone and get it checked out. And pantiliners work great!

August 16, 2010 at 8:30 PM  
Anonymous Gracie said...

Is there any way to prevent that yellow stuff?

August 16, 2010 at 9:34 PM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

Is it supposed to feel like it's leaking down your leg?

August 17, 2010 at 12:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's just discharge. Even I have it!!! but of u want your period this is a great thing cause it means you are gettin closer 2 ur period. It isn't a bad thing either so don't worry. U can just wear a pantilliner if u really don't want it sticking 2 ur undies. (if it's a problem 2 u)
HOPE I HELPED!!!!!!!!!

Question Gal xoxo

August 17, 2010 at 2:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have not had my first period yet but I have had this white stuff in my underwear for over a year now. I have heard on the website that it comes within six months of your first period but mine hasnt- is this normal??

August 17, 2010 at 5:14 AM  
Anonymous Grace said...

No there isn't a way to prevent it. It is your body and it happens naturally. It doesn't hurt, well my friends say it doesn't. I guess it is your body"s way of telling you to be ready for your period.

Grace, 10

August 17, 2010 at 2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2 the girl 2 spaces above me IT IS COMPLETELY NORMAL it might come even a yr and 8 months until u get ur period

HOPE I HELPED

Question Gal xoxo

August 18, 2010 at 4:06 AM  
Anonymous Emma said...

i sometimes get it, but that's wierd because i don't even wear a bra yet.

August 18, 2010 at 5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont know if it is normal but in like a month i will have had the viginal discharge for a year.

August 18, 2010 at 7:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sometimes i get it.it's so not okay

August 19, 2010 at 9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had that like 4 months ago :S

August 20, 2010 at 11:14 AM  
Anonymous Sofa said...

I have two questions. Is it ok to have discharge before you need to wear a bra? And is it ok to get discharge a couple days each month?
Thanks, Bye!

August 21, 2010 at 1:27 AM  
Anonymous sarah 11 said...

sofa, it is completly normal ive had it since b4 i wore a bra.... i still have it now and i have my perioud and its been over a year....idk if thats normal though

August 21, 2010 at 9:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok i also forget when i got discharge and i get it every day now does that mean ill get my period soon or is it bad?

August 22, 2010 at 10:10 PM  
Anonymous India said...

Yeah I know I'm getting the white stuff in my underwear as well. It means that you (or me) in this case will get your period in 6 months or a year you will get your period.

August 23, 2010 at 4:28 AM  
Anonymous Dion said...

Yeah, lolz I just went to the toilet and I foudn discharge in my pants. I've had this for a while, idk maybe like 4 months and I'm worried I'm gonna start my period soon. I wanna see a doc about this but I'm not sure.

August 23, 2010 at 4:36 AM  
Anonymous Danielle said...

I had this vaginal discharge for over a year now. My period hasn't come and I think I talk to my mom a little bit too much about this. I told her yesterday I had vaginal discharge and she said it's just jucies coming from your body, and that it's totally normal. She didn't mention anything about "Aunt Flo." I dont want to tell her that I want to wear a pantiliner because I dont want to annoy her. Girls, PLEASE HELP ME OUT.!.!.!.

August 23, 2010 at 1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok I can`t remember when i got discharge i think i`ve had it for like a year and well i`m wondering if my period is coming soon and how many girls wear panty liners to help.......just wondering if i shoud .

August 24, 2010 at 1:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

whoa that sounds like a huge prod wish you the best of luck

August 24, 2010 at 12:48 PM  
Anonymous jess10 said...

ok ive had my discharge for about 6/7 months now and havent had my period i wanna talks to my mum about it but im to embarrist

HELP!!! :(

August 25, 2010 at 6:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

omg does it hurt well hope its over soon wish you te best of luck write me back when you get a chance

August 26, 2010 at 3:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have my period and i still get it why so?? help!!!! i am to emmbaresed to tell anyone else so when i am going somewhere i change my underwear,is that okay???

August 26, 2010 at 9:45 PM  
Anonymous sarah,11 said...

the person 1 space up me 2 im geussing its normal....i dont change my underwear until i get home from school but sometimes it comes out so much that i feel like im on my perioud and im scared that it would bleed through, i dont want to talk to my mom about it though because im to embarrised :(

August 27, 2010 at 6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

uh i think i've got it too but i don't wear a bra?!?! =.=

August 28, 2010 at 9:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

me to omg it feels wierd

August 28, 2010 at 2:42 PM  
Anonymous T.j.w, 10 said...

I get this too but it doesn't bother me anymore. I didn't know what it was for like a month and a half I guess ill get my period in like five months or so!

August 30, 2010 at 12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I THINK IM GETTING MINE TO

August 30, 2010 at 5:48 PM  
Anonymous Izzy, 11 said...

I sometimes get that! It's not that bigger deal but if it's really bothering you with the wetness and all tell your mum and pack a spare pair of knickers or two in your handbag and school bag(when you're at school.) Hope this helped!

August 31, 2010 at 8:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok,it's normal and all, to top it off it means you will be starting REALLY soon!!! That's what my doctor told me.

September 1, 2010 at 2:27 AM  
Anonymous Arianna said...

Hi!
Don't worry discharge is totally normal. I've had it for about 4 months, almost 5. And now I get it every day. Sometimes it's a bit drippy and annoying but I wear panty liners when it gets real bad and I keep a couple in my book bag for emergencies. But it dries up real quick and then you don't feel it. Thing is, I heard from other girls when you start getting it you usually have to wear a bra? Because your "chest" gets larger. But I just wear like an undershirts. I don't hav a "chest" and I was wondering if it was weird. I'm 12 and all my friends wear bras. It's just a little weird. But don't worry about the discharge!

September 8, 2010 at 10:05 PM  
Anonymous alex said...

congrats your becoming a woman and do not worry it's your period and before it comes in that happens im 10 and i have it

September 10, 2010 at 7:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

o man, i just read ur thing, lol im be checking for that everyday now,also around here in the comments i hav to say i LOVE the comment that alex posted.i think it is very mature and im also 10. good luck and dont worry, ot will be OK!

September 19, 2010 at 3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have this problem too i looked it up and thats how i got on this site

September 19, 2010 at 7:44 PM  
Blogger abby said...

I have had that happening to me

September 22, 2010 at 6:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok so i get this discharge every day now and have had it for over a year and three months but still no sign of a period are you sure it is normal????

September 23, 2010 at 12:10 PM  
Anonymous Genesis said...

I toatally no how you feel i have started getting thtt stuff like two monthes ago but i am afraid to tell my mom it's embarresing! But that thing or whatever it's called gets worse andd it's disgusting when it gets worse but it will be ok. I am getting kinda used to it.

September 26, 2010 at 8:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i know how you feel i get it all the time i know i started to get a little freaked out when i saw it to but it is really nothing

September 30, 2010 at 5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uggggg! I hate vaginal discharge. Half of the time I don't no it's there but it gets wierd to know it comes from your body and it looks weird and it makes me feel sooooooooooo uncomfortable!

October 2, 2010 at 8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thats odd...
ive had vaginal discharge since 3rd grade but i didnt get my period until 5th grade.

October 3, 2010 at 5:05 PM  
Anonymous HelpingHand said...

I have it too and i get loads in my underwear. It sometimes feels wet and sticky when i sit down and i think that ive peed myself! My friend has just started her periods and she has just turned 12. When your clothes get washed your mum will she the vaginal discharge if shes washing your underwear anyway so she will know that you will soon be starting your periods. I had vaginal discharge before i got breasts so dont worry all of you its completely normal :)

October 22, 2010 at 3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haha were all normal is I know some ppl like telling there boyfriends and stuff nd I don't think we should be mentioning those things to a male including your dad!

October 24, 2010 at 12:34 AM  
Anonymous Ice Princess said...

I have been having the same thing. There is nothing wrong with you, it happens to all girls sooner or later. If it makes you feel uncomfortable, wear a pantiliner like me. That stops it from getting on your panties.

November 6, 2010 at 10:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i got it so bad before it went through my jeans. is that normal? please help!

Lacey:)

December 19, 2010 at 8:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had it since I was 8. I am now 11! I also have hair NO MUTHER FLO! Is it normal?? Plz. Help I have looked on this site sooo many timez.

December 27, 2010 at 11:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm nervous because I don't know when I started this, maybe a year? but its normal so don't worry. It is your body's way of prepping up for saying "You might be a mom one day!"

January 3, 2011 at 4:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had this for around 8 months. After 6 I told my mom!!! She got me pads and I started my period last week! Finn 11

January 15, 2011 at 6:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know how you guys feel. I've had discharge since 5th grade and I'm in 7th now and I'm turning 13 in a few weeks and I STILL have not gotten my period. My doctor says it's completely normal and sometimes if late bloomers run in your family then you could be one too. So don't worry!! It will all be okay!

January 23, 2011 at 2:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im really annoyed cuz all ma friends have their period n i have been having this stuff since yr 5 now im in yr 7 im startin to think that my period will never cum!!

January 27, 2011 at 2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i know how u feel but its normal dont be afraid to talk to ur mom about it some girls get their periods until they get older i got mine in april so be prepared!!!

May 28, 2011 at 7:08 PM  
Anonymous gabalina said...

i have had it to and my mom keeps asking me if ive had my period yet and wen i say no-its the truth-she says im lying!

June 29, 2011 at 3:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! I'm suprised the teatcher didnt tell us about this stuff when we had "The Talk" in fifth grade.

July 10, 2011 at 12:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's nothing to be embarrassed about, I've had my period for two years now, and i still have it. It means you're ovulating or going to start your period soon.

July 18, 2011 at 2:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'v tryed to send this before.
the answer to a question : no it's fine to get discharge befor wearing a bra. Got it 2 months ago and I'm in breast growth stage 2\5 you wear one in stage 4r.
how long after your breasts start growing that you have to wear a bra???
Please answer!

July 20, 2011 at 9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have got it to and I am 11 i have read a servay that says that you are most likely to get your period age 12.5

August 28, 2011 at 7:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to the girl who just discovered this site im the same way i just found this site i dont know when this white stuff started happing and i dont know when i started needing a bra. also im scared to tell my mom what do i do . and genesis i agree with you its so wierd

October 24, 2011 at 8:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a lot of us are going through the same problem as you. at the moment i am using pads, we are growing up and are going through tough times that's why this website was created.but for now hang in there! :D

December 19, 2011 at 7:43 AM  
Anonymous Bailey said...

I wear a bra and have breasts but have not have discharge or a period yet! Is something wrong with me?

January 6, 2012 at 9:02 PM  
Anonymous Pink Locker Society Fanatic! said...

I have just had my first Vaginal Discharge a minute ago when I went to the bathroom. As soon as I got it I came on to the PLS. I want to thank ALL of you girls and I'm going to tell my mom tonight. Thanks!

April 7, 2012 at 1:13 PM  
Anonymous Cupcake-cutie said...

I totally LOVE this site! Thanks Jemma and all the other people at PLS I just found this site and it is AMAZING and very helpful!

May 5, 2012 at 5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trust me. Don't be scared to ask. I bet she really wants to help.

July 10, 2012 at 12:26 AM  

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