Bleached patches on your underwear are perfectly normal

health 21/10/2021

What the heck is going on down there?!

You might have wondered what the lighter patch on your underwear is?

According to a post from the Vagina Museum in the United Kingdom, you are not alone in your curiosity. Given the thread's popularity, it suggests that there is a lack in people's knowledge about this very normal occurrence.

A moderately acidic vagina protects against harmful bacterial and yeast infections. Your pH level will fluctuate throughout your life, usually ranging from 3.8 to 4.5 pH during your years of menstruation and slightly higher both before puberty and after menopause.

Consultant gynaecologist Dr Alex Eskander explained to Metro,

This discharge increases during ovulation and pregnancy due to an increase in cervical mucus, when exposed to the air, the discharge can stain underwear a mild yellow colour due to oxidation.

"In a world where vaginas aren't talked about much, it's no surprise nobody passes on this information in school or at home because many educators, parents and even healthcare professionals don't know these facts either," Zoe Williams of the Vagina Museum told IFLScience.

"We get a lot of feedback from people who didn't know that it happens, or why it happens or feel relieved to learn it wasn't just them," the museum wrote.

"It's not a sign of dirtiness or bad hygiene to have paler patches in your pants, it's something which happens when the acidity of a perfectly healthy vagina spends time in contact with fabric, and it's particularly noticeable on darker fabrics."

Well there you have it…

Wear your bleached undies with pride because IT IS NORMAL!