Everyone’s body is different, but in general, having some vaginal discharge is normal and varies in amount for everyone. Discharge is needed for the vagina to flush out bacteria and maintain a healthy Ph balance. A healthy vaginal discharge is usually odorless, can be clear or white in color and is usually a little thick or even sticky.
- Your Menstrual Cycle
- Birth Control
- Infections or STDs
- Lack of Arousal
Your Menstrual Cycle
At certain points in the menstrual cycle you will have more vaginal discharge than others. During ovulation, the discharge looks more like spit (clear, stretchy) and during the luteal phase, the discharge can be clumpy or sticky (think clumps of glue). Some women find that they have more lubrication earlier in their cycle (before ovulation).
Added hormones can also disrupt the vagina's natural lubrication. Since most birth control methods contain progesterone or estrogen, it's common to experience vaginal dryness. Women affected by this can consider other long acting birth control options that are low-hormone or hormone-free like the copper IUD. We recommend talking to your doctor about which method is best for you.
Infections or STDs
Lack of arousal
Luckily, there are great lubricant options if natural lubrication is not cutting it, but remember to always be communicating with your partner if you need more time to “warm up” before sex. Sex should be an enjoyable experience for both you and your partner, so it is important that you talk to them if you are experiencing any discomfort.
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