Vaginal discharge is fluid that comes from the vagina. You might see this on the toilet paper when you wipe, or in your underwear. Normal vaginal discharge has several purposes: cleaning and moistening the vagina, and helping to prevent and fight infections. It's normal for the color, texture, and amount of vaginal discharge to change at different times of the month during a girl's menstrual cycle. But some changes in discharge may mean there is a problem. For some girls, it's normal to have a lot of vaginal discharge. They may even need to wear a pantiliner to keep their underwear dry.
In mammals , the vagina is the elastic, muscular part of the female genital tract. In humans, it extends from the vulva to the cervix. The outer vaginal opening is normally partly covered by a membrane called the hymen.
Toddler sexual behaviour: what’s typical?
Sexual behaviour in your toddler might be a bit confronting, especially the first time you see it. It also lays the groundwork for future talks about sexual development, respectful relationships and sexuality. The behaviour described above is typical for toddlers. Your child might behave in these ways because:. Read more about problematic sexual behaviour. How you react is important, but your response depends on your values.
Most sexual behaviour in children and teenagers is a typical and healthy part of development. For example, children often explore their own bodies and the bodies of other children by looking or touching. Teenagers might masturbate in private or be sexually active with someone of a similar age. A GP or child and family health nurse is a good place to start. They can refer you to an appropriate health professional with experience in this area. School-age Problematic sexual behaviour in school-age children might include:. A child behaving in these ways needs immediate professional help.