Yesterday I found a little blood in my panties, and when I woke up this morning, there was only a lot of white stuff. What's happening?


This could be happening for a few reasons. If you’re new to periods it could be your cycle trying to find its rhythm. I experienced this a lot when I was a menstruation newbie. Or it could be your body flushing out some post-period debris. I’ve also experienced this on occasion. Be sure to check out what our other panelists have to say on this topic. I’m sure they’ll have some good insights on why this may have happened and, as always, if you think something down there just isn’t right, try giving your health provider a call.


It sounds to me like you’re experiencing some discharge. Many of us do – I know I do, anyway! I’m not sure how old you are, but if you haven’t started your period yet this could be a tell-tale sign that your period is on its way. If you’ve already started menstruating, then I would recommend just keeping an eye on it. Some discharge is normal and is nothing to worry about. However, if the color changes to grayish or greenish, if the texture is kind of chunky (sorry, I know that sounds gross), or if the odor becomes strong or foul, then you’ll want to make an appointment with your healthcare provider.


There are a couple of things that could be happening. One possibility is that you are spotting at the time of ovulation and having the big amount of whitish discharge reflects the change in mucus that goes along with that. The other possibility is that you are going to start your period within a couple of days and this was a false start of sorts. Unless you skip a period altogether or are having stinky discharge or vaginal pain, I’d just let the next couple of weeks play out and I bet you’ll have your period either within a couple of weeks at the longest.

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