Vaginal wetness – is it always sexual arousal?
Even without sexual arousal, why am I wet down there? Why is the vagina reacting to something that isn’t sexual?
There are so many questions about wetness down there. More than often vaginal wetness is wrongly associated with sexual arousal. That’s not always the case. The moistness isn’t always arousal, but a scattered variety of things happening to your body without the sight or touch of men!
To start off, how wet you become depends upon hormones, age, sexual situations, mental health, medications, type of clothing, health conditions, perspiration levels and stress. The vagina is a mucous membrane. This means the skin and tissue are always going to be moist. On an average, a healthy vagina produces 1-4 ml of vaginal discharge on daily basis. As ovulation comes closer, there’s more and more fluid produced and released.
So what is this fluid?
90% water + 1%vaginal salts + organic compounds + old cells + antibodies = Vaginal discharge!
Vaginal fluids or discharge may vary in colour – creamy white, yellowish, grayish or slight pinkish. It may be difficult to determine what fluid comes out and you may have to make a run to the bathroom to check your undies for the truth.
Except for sex, was that moistness sweat, discharge or urine?
Oops, you peed in your pants!
Sometimes when you laugh too hard or apply pressure in any way and there’s wetness down there, it’s called stress incontinence. During these times, unintentionally, due to sneezing, laughing, yawning, lifting something heavy, pressure is applied to the bladder and you find yourself letting out a few droplets of urine. This is a natural physiological occurrence and a situation that occurs unconsciously.
Cervical fluids are a natural bodily response indicating that the body, specifically vagina, is pushing out any probability of bacteria growth. Depending upon your cycle and hormones, the fluid texture and colour may vary.
Are you taking birth control pills? A change in the pill may also cause the whole cycle to go askew and in the bargain, a whole lot of vaginal discharge too. A fishy or rotten smell indicates you may want to immediately consult with your doctor for any kind of infection.
Vaginas sweat it out too
The vulva has numerous sweat and oil glands that keep your vagina wet. For best hygiene, especially in summers, wear cotton underwear to let the vagina breathe. Also wear a panty liner to keep embarrassment at bay.
Vaginal wetness is just the anatomy of the female body. The discharge is a healthy bodily function indicating ovulation and sexual arousal. Besides making it easier for sexual activity, vaginal fluids do the important job of cleaning and protecting the vagina. There are several ways to take care of your vagina to keep away bacterial infection and other diseases. Regularly washing your genitals, NOT with soap, but with mild and organic vaginal washes such as Imbue Intimate Hygiene Wash, is a great way to keep healthy down there.
Abnormal vaginal discharge on the other hand is an alarming indication usually caused by infection. Yeast infection, gonorrhea, Chlamydia, diabetes, consumption of antibiotics and stress are main concerns of abnormal discharge. Fever, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, increased urination are symptoms you should watch out for and keep a check on. If you have any concern, with the type of discharge you may be experiencing, feel free to schedule a consultation with a doctor.