When you’re getting ready for some sexual fun, the vagina is
designed to become moist and juicy. This is called vaginal fluid, and it is a
wonderful lubricant to make sex more comfortable and heighten your pleasure.
This fluid consists mainly of water, with a number of other
ingredients. While vaginal fluid has a light, pleasant smell, the combination
of these additional chemicals affect the odour and taste of the fluid. What you
eat or drugs you’re taking can affect the smell slightly, as can the time of the month,
which will also affect the texture of the fluid. Vaginal fluid is slightly acidic, with a pH of
around 4, compared to semen, which has a
pH of around 7 or 8. Douching is usually not recommended, as it can upset this delicate
How much lubrication you produce will vary from woman to
woman, and can also be affected by whether you are aroused, as well as
menopause and ageing. Certain medications such as antihistamines and some
psychiatric drugs may also affect lubrication. If vaginal dryness is a problem,
see your doctor who can help you determine the cause, and advise how to address
If a lack of vaginal fluid is affecting your enjoyment of
sex, there are a number of personal lubricants available from the pharmacy. It’s
best not to use oil or hand cream, as certain oils may reduce the effectiveness
of condoms. Spreading lubricant onto your vagina and penis can be a very pleasurable
part of foreplay.
Do bear in mind that HIV and other STIs can be present in
vaginal fluids and so it’s important to practice safe sex.
Sources: Health24, McKinley Health Center, Medline
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