All women will have some discharge, which is normal and will vary throughout your cycle. White or clear is common, and called leukorrhea. If this discharge is accompanied by other symptoms, you may need to contact your healthcare provider for an exam. An in-office exam can test you for overgrowth of yeast and bacteria, as well as STDs. Yeast infections often cause a thick, white, cottage cheese-like discharge and vaginal itching. Bacterial vaginosis, another common infection, causes a fishy odor and often a thin clear discharge. I am glad to hear you are paying attention to your body. The more you're in touch with yourself, the easier it will be to know when to get outside help.