Why do we actually get wet when we’re aroused?


Why do we actually get wet when we’re aroused?

Have you ever wondered how the vagina actually works? Or why it sometimes doesn’t work the way we would imagine – even though we’re actually aroused and really want to have sex? We took a closer look at it:

What happens in our body when we get wet?
Vaginal lubrication is part of what’s called the “arousal phase,” explains Dr. Christine Greeves in conversation with Bustle . This is when we are particularly turned on, causing increased blood flow. This in turn leads to increased pressure on the genitals and swelling of the blood vessels – the signal for our body to release fluid.

Where does the liquid come from and what is it actually made of?
What comes out of our vagina when we’re sexually aroused is different than the discharge we know from our menstrual cycle. The liquid consists of around 50 different substances, but mainly water and proteins. In fact, it comes from the Bartholin gland. This is located between the vagina and vulva.

Our bodies stimulate vaginal lubrication to make painless penetration possible. How wet we get depends, among other things, on how quickly we are generally aroused and can generally vary greatly. For some people, extensive foreplay makes sense to get in the mood and boost lubrication (but we think extensive foreplay is actually always useful anyway… If you need a little more inspo, take a look here !).

The liquid can also vary greatly in smell and taste as we produce different pheromones depending on the cycle.

Why do I get less wet on some days?
As mentioned above, the amount of liquid we produce is totally different. This is mainly related to our hormone levels and cycle. Our estrogen levels are usually at their lowest just before and after our period. At this point we may become less wet.

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But medications, such as antidepressants or the pill, can also lead to dryness of the vagina.

How can I get wetter?
In addition to intensive foreplay, lubricant is your savior in need. Experts recommend water-based products as they are well tolerated, do not stain and work best with condoms (in contrast to oil-based lubes). During the menopause, when the level of estrogen drops, vaginal moisturizing creams, such as those containing hyaluronic acid, are often recommended.

Before you have penetrative sex, you should make sure that your bottom is wet enough, otherwise it can lead to pain or even injuries in the intimate area. So a tube of lube in the bedside table definitely can’t hurt ?

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