For women and people with vulvas, getting wet doesn't just happen during sexual activity. In fact, vaginas lubricate themselves pretty regularly. But, when you commence any kind of sexual activity and are feeling turned on, the Bartholin and Skene glands get to work and start producing more natural lubrication. This is a perfectly normal, biological and physiological response to being aroused. It's good and healthy, and makes sex in any form more pleasurable. We might all know this, but still, it's a super common worry among women and vulva-having people that being "too wet" could turn a partner off. If you worry about this, you're certainly not alone.
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Please refresh the page and retry. M y girlfriend gets really wet when we have sex. She seems really sexual. Can I trust her to be faithful to me if she gets this excited when we are together?
The exact amount of fluid you produce each day will vary. This wetness helps keep your vagina clean and also provides lubrication to protect against tearing and injury. What is vaginal wetness? Most vaginal fluid is made primarily of water, along with some salts like phosphate and sodium chloride, organic compounds such as lipids and amino acids, antibodies that help the body reduce risk of infections, and old cells from the lining of the vagina, uterus, and cervix. A thin layer of vaginal fluid typically lines the walls of your vagina and is important for a number of reasons—it provides lubrication that makes sex more comfortable, can minimize or prevent vaginal pain, and even supports fertility. Many different factors can contribute to vaginal wetness, including your age, hormone levels, medications, stress, level of arousal, infections, and perspiration. Hormones and age Hormones play a big role in vaginal wetness.
We got a few questions from our readers about wetness down there and went straight to the expert, certified sex therapist Dr. Janet Brito, for answers. The glands in your cervix and vaginal wall create essential lubrication to protect your genital area from injury or tearing, and keep your vagina clean and moist. Depending on where you are in your cycle and hormone levels, the amount of cervical fluid could vary. Keep in mind that this fluid, or something similar, also appears during sex. The responsible glands for producing lubrication for sexual activity are the Bartholin glands located to the right and left of the vaginal opening and the Skene glands close to the urethra.