We all know that feeling, when you go to the toilet and think, "WTF!?" (What The Fluid?!) is in my pants, and what does it mean? Fear not! Intimate fluids are entirely normal and all part of being a woman+.

Getting to know your flow

But the great news is when you know what to expect and why it's happening, you'll be able to read those mysterious marks like the V-Zone (that's a women's+ whole intimate area – vagina, vulva, and V-shaped front one can see) equivalent of tea leaves. Happy days.

This guide will help you spot spotting, decipher discharge, and have you going with the flow.


If you see discharge in your underwear, great news – it's completely normal. Producing fluid like this is just one of the fantastic ways your vagina rebalances and cleans itself. Excellent work, vagina.

The color varies depending on where you are in your cycle, from milky egg-white and cream to pale pink and yellowy green. In addition, it can be affected by hormonal changes like pregnancy and ovulation. It can also change depending on arousal (more on that later) or even from taking new vitamins, antibiotics, or certain foods [1].

When to see a doctor

Discharge can be a really good way to check in with your body. If you're experiencing itching, a cottage cheese-like texture, or unpleasant fishy odors, it could be a sign of infection [2]. Book an appointment with your doctor if you're not sure.

Colours of discharge can be milky white, thick white, yellow, green, pink or red.

White, clear, creamy, or even pale pink – your discharge changes throughout your cycle. Bright yellowy-green – especially with an unpleasant smell – could be a sign of infection, so keep an eye out.


If you have periods – even irregular ones, you'll probably have experienced spotting. It's what we call the bloody discharge that occurs throughout your cycle – often starting out pink at the beginning of your period, then turning a bright cherry red and then a rusty brown at the end [1]. Spotting can also be due to a switch in your birth control or more hormonal changes, like pregnancy or menopause.

When to see a doctor

If you see red throughout the entire month, it could be a sign of a health issue, like an infection, so check in with your body and talk to your GP or gyno if you notice any changes.

Spotting colour, from bright red to rust brown discharge

From bright cherry red to rusty reddish brown, the bloody discharge in your pants is what we call spotting.

Sexual fluids

When you're aroused, your vagina releases a clear watery discharge – this is created when the blood vessels in your vaginal passage dilate, causing fluid to pass through [3]. This cervical fluid provides lubrication to prevent tearing or pain during sex, whether penetrative or otherwise, partnered or with yourself.

Despite this, some women+ may experience light bleeding after penetrative intercourse, causing a pale pink discharge to appear.

For women+ going through menopause (or at specific points in their menstrual cycle), you might find that their vagina is drier than usual. This is caused by hormones changing, producing less estrogen and progesterone [4]. This doesn't mean you can't still have great sex - instead, try a water-based lubricant or a vaginal moisturizer.

When to see a doctor

If you're getting pain, or experiencing thicker, smellier discharge after sex, this could be a sign of an infection like BV [2]. Bacterial Vaginosis is really common and happens when the delicate pH balance of your vagina is upset, for example, from sex, masturbation or not cleaning sex toys properly. It's a simple solve with antibiotics, so keep an eye (and a nose) out for anything that doesn't feel quite right.

Colour of sexual fluids from white to pink to red

White, clear and watery and even palest pink post-intercourse, it’s completely normal for sexual fluids to appear in your pants.


We've all been there. One minute you're laughing, the next, things suddenly aren't quite so funny. But hey, accidents happen. Light incontinence can occur at any age but becomes more common after first childbirth and as a result of hormonal changes through menopause [5]. Kegel exercises can help to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles (the muscles you squeeze when you stop yourself pee) [6], and liners can help to reduce odor and keep your pants from getting wet.

When to see a doctor

Frequent incontinence can signify something more serious, so it's important to book a doctor's appointment if you're worried about any bladder weakness you're experiencing.

Pee colour

Stress incontinence is more common than you’d think, and can occur at any age.


Much like your armpits, your V-Zone area is packed with sweat glands and hair follicles, so it's natural for things to get warmer and, let's face it, wetter than the rest of you.

All that trapped heat means that your V-Zone is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Still, you can combat this by opting for cotton underwear instead of synthetics, avoiding tight clothing, and always washing or changing your underwear post-exercise [7].

When to see a doctor

If you notice any itching, a change in discharge, and any other irritation, it might be from a yeast infection that thrives in warm conditions, like "sports vagina" or BV [8]. Don't sweat it – these are easily treatable. Chat with your doctor if you're worried.

White texture representing sweat

Sweating from your V-Zone is perfectly normal, and makes sense when you think how many sweat glands and hair follicles are down there.

Checking in

So, intimate fluids are totally normal and nothing we should feel ashamed or embarrassed about. In fact, they're your body's way of keeping you in the know about what's happening inside. But as always, it's important to check in, speak up and discuss any worries with a doctor.

Feeling Comfortable

If you want to feel more comfortable with intimate fluids, you can always stock up on our Saba® Daily Panty Liners. They will keep  your clothes protected from any discharge, leaving you feeling clean and confident.