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Is your vagina supposed to be wet all the time? Hear it from a gynae

Published on:23 September 2020, 10:21am IST
A dry vagina can sometimes signal underlying health issues, because according to experts, it ought to be wet.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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If you think your vagina should get wet only when you orgasm, then it’s important for you to take this vaginal health class with us. There are a lot of misconceptions that exist around the vulva and its health, but it’s high time you get the basics right. So, say it out loud: it’s normal for the vagina to always be WET.

Even according to Dr Mukta Paul, gynecologist at Columbia Asia Hospital, Pune, having a wet vagina is a clear sign that it is well-lubricated. In fact, having a dry vagina is more problematic, as it may cause irritation, itchiness, and rashes.

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But what makes your vagina all that wet?
No, we are not going to talk about sex here. We already know that your vagina secretes fluids when you engage in the act of lovemaking. This fluid is nothing but your cervical mucus that is released from your vagina, when the blood flow is high. It is a gel-like liquid that is produced by your cervix, and is stimulated by the hormone estrogen. 

Is it normal if your vagina is too wet?
Absolutely not! That’s not a good sign. If your vagina is leading you to change your panties every now and then, that’s not a good sign. In fact, you might be suffering from an infection!

“If your vagina is wet than usual, then you could be suffering from any of these three conditions – bacterial vaginosis, pelvic congestion syndrome, or desquamative vaginitis”, she explained.

1. Bacterial vaginosis is a mild vaginal infection, not an STD. In this case, the balance between good and bad bacteria gets disrupted, causing constant grayish-white or yellow smelly discharge. This condition generally happens when you have multiple sex partners.

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2. Wet vagina can also be caused by the pelvic congestion syndrome. This is a condition, wherein the blood flow in the vaginal area is too high, resulting in wetness. It is a common condition but often incorrectly diagnosed. In this case, vaginal wetness is also accompanied with pain during sex, cycling, or any other physical activity.

3. Desquamative vaginitis occurs when the cell turnover in the vagina is too high, and the lining of the vagina becomes inflamed. Major symptoms of this condition include a heavy yellow or greenish-yellow vaginal discharge, usually with little or no odour, painful intercourse, as well as vulvar irritation and itching.

But ladies, worry not because these conditions can totally be treated. Just don’t ignore them, and you’re good to go!

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Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.