When it comes to vaginas, there are lots of different things to talk about. Periods and sex are just the starting point. Then you get into things like masturbation, vaginal itching, shaving down there, and even what apps there are for your vag. You may even have a discussion about all of the songs that are about clitorises. However, most of those things don’t get talked about as much as other topics, like pubic hair or vaginal fluid. There are some things that most people do not feel comfortable talking about, even with their closest friends. They may feel comfortable chatting about Brazilian waxes, but draw the line somewhere between sex toys and queefing. Vaginal discharge is probably one of those topics that you and your group of friends don’t bring up.
If you spend some time on Gurl, you’ll know that we do our very best to cover everything and anything vag-related. Want to know the difference between a labia and a vagina? We have an answer for that. Want to know where to buy some vagina-themed clothes? We’ve got you covered. And so, if you’re looking for answers about vaginal fluid, we have those for you here, too.
If you want to know more, take a look at these facts about vaginal fluid:
Vaginal Fluid Versus Vaginal DischargeVaginal fluid and vaginal discharge are two different things, right? Wrong. Gynecologist Dr. Leah Millheiser explained to Gurl that there is no difference between the two, they're the same thing. FYI: Discharge is the preferred term in the medical community, which is another reason why we don't hear about vaginal fluid quite as much. Image source: iStock
Where It Comes FromYou obviously know that vaginal fluid comes from your vagina, but most of us don't know exactly what part it comes from. Dr. Millheiser states that vaginal fluid is the result of blood flowing through the vessels in the vagina. The way the body works is that there is always a thin layer of fluid lining the vaginal walls. When cells come off the vaginal walls and mix with the fluid, they come out of the vagina as discharge. Image source: iStock
All About ComfortDr. Millheiser states the body produces vaginal fluid for two main reasons: 1. It acts as a lubricant during sex to make things comfortable. 2. To stop the wall of your vag from sticking together. Just imagine how pleasant that would be for a second. Image source: iStock
Differing AmountsYou can relax because vaginal discharge is a completely normal thing. Furthermore, it is normal for some girls to produce more than others. Dr. Millheiser says that some girls may not ever notice any discharge while others can produce about a tablespoon or more per day. Image source: iStock
Cycle ChangesYour period doesn't just affect your mood and your skin, it also impacts your discharge. Dr. Candice Daneshvar, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Beverly Hills, explains that there can be noticeable differences in your discharge depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle. Changes usually occur around the week before your period. Pregnancy and birth control pills can also impact things. Image source: iStock
Color VariancesIf you've noticed that your discharge has changed in color or texture, that isn't necessarily a bad sign. It's because of hormonal changes. Around ovulation, discharge can be a bit cloudy and have an egg white color. It can even be slightly sticky. Right before your period, it can change to more of a white shade, according to Dr. Millheiser. Image source: iStock
Recognize InfectionsIf you have any burning, itching, soreness, or swelling down there with your discharge, you need to see a health practitioner ASAP to figure out what is going on, according to Dr. Daneshvar. Ditto if there is any redness, a foul smelling odor, or pain during sex or urination, and pelvic or abdominal pain. Greenish-yellow or blood tinged discharge are two other signs it is time to make an appointment with your doc. Image source: iStock
Less Estrogen, Less FluidMenopause doesn't just affect your period. It also will impact your vaginal fluid. The body produces less estrogen during menopause so menopausal women have very minimal discharge. Interesting, eh?Image source: iStock
Female EjaculateAhhhh, the elusive female ejaculate. It is something that isn't common, but it does happen. When you're turned on during sex, your vag will secrete fluid to act as a natural lubricant. However, female ejaculate is different. It can come out during arousal and during an orgasm. There can be a little amount or a lot. Dr. Millheiser says that what is produced is actually a mix of different components from the periurethral sponge (a tissue that you cannot see which is located around the urethra and the base of the vagina) and urine. Yes, urine.Image source: iStock
Were you surprised by any of these facts? If so, which ones? Let us know in the comments!
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