Vaginal Wetness: Causes, Treatment And When To See Your Doctor

A female vagina is a mucous membrane and so the tissue and skin of a healthy vagina is moist. However, there are many factors that affect the production of vaginal fluid and may leave your vagina wet, which becomes a cause of discomfort. Vaginal Wetness: Causes, Treatment And When To See Your Doctor

Many factors such as hormonal swings, arousal, menopause and fertility status affect the consistency, amount and colour of female vagina fluids. This is why knowing about vaginal fluid, their function, vaginal wetness and its causes is very important for healthy reproductive and sexually active life. Vaginal Wetness

What Are The Causes Of Vaginal Wetness?

Vaginal fluid usually comes from the cervix and Bartholin glands. What Are The Causes Of Vaginal Wetness?

#1. Bartholin Gland

Bartholin gland is pea-sized pair of glands situated inside the vagina. It produced fluid when the female is aroused during the sexual activity. It keeps the vagina lubricated and prevents excessive dryness.

#2. Cervix

The cervix produces mucus throughout the female menstrual cycle. As ovulation approaches, it makes more fluid which helps the sperm to travel to the egg.
Thus, vaginal wetness is commonly caused due to:

1.  Every Day Vaginal fluids

A healthy female, on an average, produces 1-4 ml of a vaginal fluid in a day. However, the vaginal secretion amount may change from day to day. Vaginal wetness is increases as ovulation approaches.

2. Arousal

During sexual activity, when a female is sexually aroused, Bartholin glands produce fluid to lubricate the vagina to make sexual activity comfortable and prevent friction injury. However, as a female age, the vaginal wetness during arousal decreases. After menopause, the decreased production of estrogen hormone results in vaginal dryness. Lack of estrogenhormone makes it difficult to keep the vagina lubricated and sexual activity is painful.

3. Hormonal Changes 

If there is an increase in the level of oestrogen hormone, vaginal wetness increases as Bartholin gland produces more fluid. Those on hormone replacement therapy may notice this.

4. Infection

If vaginal fluid is produced significantly more than normal, it may be a sign of infection. If you notice any change in the colour, smell or consistency of vaginal fluids do meet your health care provider as it may be a sign of vaginal infection.

When To See A Doctor?

If vagina wetness is present without any other symptom, it is usually not a cause of concern. Vaginal wetness is a sign of a healthy vagina. However, you should meet your doctor if vaginal wetness is a company with following symptom. When To See A Doctor?

  • Vaginal discharge smells bad
  • Burning, itching and other vaginal pain along with vaginal wetness
  • Swelling in the vagina
  • If you noticed changes in the vaginal fluid after taking new medication such as oestrogen replacement therapy or birth control pills.
  • Unexplained vaginal sensitivity or pain
  • A change in vaginal discharge after having intercourse with the new partner
  • Vaginal wetness alternates with vaginal dryness that lasts for more than a few days.

What Is The Treatment Of Vaginal Wetness?

Vaginal wetness is normal. It is body’s own way to maintain balance. However, excessive vaginal wetness if accompanied with other symptoms may be a cause of concern. In such cases, the treatment of vaginal wetness depends upon the cause. In case of vaginal infection, treatment depends on the causative agent and antibiotic, antiviral, or antifungal medications are given. If vaginal wetness is due to certain medications, your doctor may suggest you alternative. What Is The Treatment Of Vaginal Wetness?

Vaginal Fluids are very important for the health of vagina and comfortable sexual activity. However too much vaginal fluid production may leave you wet down there and becomes a cause of worry, discomfort and embarrassment. We have tried our best to combine all the information regarding vaginal wetness its causes treatment and prevention. If you still have, any queries add to the comment section below.

Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta
Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta:  Professionally a homeopathic doctor and a dietician Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in holistic approach towards health and well being.