the #PantyChallenge

Why Discharge is Not a Dirty Word

Life / posted 3 months ago / Eva Caiden

Why Discharge is Not a Dirty Word

The internet has sparked many crazy trends: planking, Gangnam style, neknominate. But we think the latest is one of the worst. You may have seen the recent craze sweeping the internet called #PantyChallenge. It saw young women and girls sharing photos of their clean underwear, free of any of any signs of discharge. Apparently this is a good thing. *rolls eyes*


One worrying example of the #PantyChallenge


When we heard about the trend at Pink Parcel, we decided that as a company, we would take a stand against it. Why? Because the body shaming of women for something which is totally natural and beyond our control is not cool and we are calling it out. We want you to call it out too, by highlighting the ridiculousness of the trend and by talking about it with your friends. After all – if we label something our body does as disgusting, we are basically calling our body disgusting. And who wants to feel that way about their body?

Why the #PantyChallenge Is Not OK

Our resident doctor, Dr Yasmin Walters, explains why discharge is a normal part of being a woman. She says, “Discharge has a function, just like everything does in your body. Discharge helps your vagina clean itself and protect itself from infections.”

Think of it as functioning like saliva in your mouth. You wouldn’t be embarrassed about having moisture in your mouth – so why should it be any different when it’s in your vagina?

The amount and type of discharge you experience will be unique to you. What’s ‘normal’ for you is something you will learn over time. Dr Walters advises, “If your discharge ever becomes particularly smelly, itchy or you have any concerns, speak to your GP or sexual health clinic.”

Dr Walters continues, “Discharge isn’t embarrassing. It’s natural. It’s healthy. It’s part of what it is to be biologically female.” Amen to that.

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  1. Catherine says:

    Amen to that! A perfectly natural process and we’re shaming people for it, tome to change!

  2. Theresa McCann says:

    It worries me when I see things like this on Facebook. As a woman in her 60s this trend like many others is dangerous. Of course discharge is normal and if there is something abnormal about it eg smell believe me you would know. Worry about enjoying your youth and let the medical professionals be your guide to what is natural.

  3. Aimee says:

    Why are women going against something as normal as discharge? Women are made to feel bad about every natural thing their body does.. this needs to stop. I get my period, I have discharge, so what!?

  4. Asha taylor says:

    Preach! So good to see a company standing up for women and their bodies! We have to start taking charge of what happens to our body over time and pay attention to the warnings that it gives us!

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