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Clue is on a mission to help you understand your body, periods, ovulation, and so much more. Start tracking today. Vaginal discharge, cervical fluid, and arousal fluid: are they all the same thing? Not quite. Here, we explain how they vary, how to identify each one, and what you should do if your vaginal fluid starts to look, smell, or feel abnormal. Discharge is an umbrella term for fluid that comes out of the vagina.
Cervical fluid is an aspect of discharge—it changes throughout the cycle to prevent or facilitate sperm from moving past the cervix. Arousal fluid is created within the vagina as part of the human sexual response cycle. Discharge is a generalized term, and is made up of cells from the cervix and vagina, bacteria, mucus, and water. People who are menopausal typically have less discharge as a result of lower levels of estrogen.
You may feel wetter and have a higher sex drive near ovulation, due to an increase in estrogen. Fertile cervical fluid around ovulation provides additional lubrication. The consistency slippery, sticky or pasty, and stretchy , as well as sensation wet or dry of cervical fluid, will vary throughout your cycle and can indicate cycle phases.
Learn more about characteristics and changes in discharge here. However, sexual arousal is both a physiological and psychological response. Female physical sexual arousal begins with the excitement phase. An increase in genital blood flow le to vascular engorgement swelling of the blood vessels. This increase in blood flow and pressure causes fluid transudate to be pushed onto the surface of the vaginal walls 1,2.
Arousal fluid is vaginal lubrication created to enable painless penetration and movement 2. Certain medications, such as hormonal birth control. Your body produces less estrogen at the beginning and end of the menstrual cycle, so your vagina can feel dryer at these times.
Communication is key during sexual activity with a partner. Also, sometimes you just need a bit of lube for vaginal sex, which is completely normal and useful. One study found lubricant use was associated with higher ratings of sexual pleasure. The consensus of women in the study agreed that lube made sex feel better and increased wetness made orgasming easier 3. Some people who have forms of urinary incontinence may experience leakage of urine during vaginal penetration or orgasm 4.
This is different than squirting, and for these individuals seeing a healthcare provider to discuss medications or pelvic floor physical therapy may be beneficial. Atypical discharge can be an indication of a problem, such as Bacterial Vaginosis , a yeast infection , or an STI like trichomoniasis. Here are some indicators of abnormal discharge:. Color : Grayish, greenish, yellowish, brownish.
Volume : ificant amount, often with other symptoms like itching. Consistency : Fluid becomes way thinner, or thicker and more textured. Smell : Unpleasant, fishy, metallic. Arousal fluid is distinct from cervical fluid , and occurs as a result of the excitement phase in the sexual response cycle. Checking your cervical fluid after sexual activity may be misleading, as it can be confused with semen or arousal fluid.
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