How to Understand Your Vaginal Lubrication Levels.
First of all lets make this one thing clear, your natural lubrication levels are nothing to be ashamed of whatsoever. Please read that statement again.
I know you are reading this because there are higher chances that you are feeling self-conscious about your lubrication levels.
Are you wondering why you are not getting wet as much as you would like to be?
As we dive deep into this issue, please do away with the idea of perfect lubrication levels.
There are a lot of myths surrounding vaginal lubrication which will remain forever as just scientifically unproven myths. There exist nothing like too little, too much or the right amount of lubrication. There exists nothing like a perfect amount of lubrication. The right amount will always vary from one person to the other.
Just the idea of the right amount of lubrication is simply one of the tools used to shame people with vaginas for their sexuality.
In real life, there are times when someone’s lubrication levels are on the down low. This might be due to some underlying health conditions. On the other hand, if someone is producing too much of the lubrication, it could be a sign of infections.
If someone’s lubrication levels are low such that vaginal penetration causes pain, it can be a symptom of menopause, perimenopause or pregnancy.
Low lubrications can also be accompanied with symptoms like:
When this happens, you should probably visit your gynecologist for a check-up.
Where does the wetness come from?
Several factors including physical, psychological, emotional, sexual and psychosocial factors, affect your lubrication levels.
- Stress levels
- Activity levels
- Hydration levels
- Drug and alcohol use
- Time of month
How do you gauge if the level of your lubrication is okay?
At times the level of lubrication your body is creating is actively interfering with your day-to-day activities, then, it’s a problem.
The extent of the problem might be the fact that your levels of lubrication is preventing you from using certain menstrual products, engaging in certain activities, wearing certain underwares or having certain kinds of sex, then it is time to visit the doctor.
Another key sign that something is off is when the color, amount or smell of your lubricant or discharge changes significantly.
Do this if Your Vagina is Drier than You would like it to Be.
Below are some of the tips you can add onto the game plan you are using to end the dryness in your vagina,
As much as stress is a libido killer, it also affects the lubrication levels. The big reason behind this is that the entire endocrine system is interconnected and when there is hormonal imbalance occurring when one hormone goes up, it can cause others to go down. When the stress levels increase, then the release of the stress hormone increases. The increase in stress hormone causes estrogen level to drop hence the decrease in vaginal lubrication.
Stress can also cause body inflammations which negatively affects the blood flow and the process of natural arousal.
Take your time during foreplay.
Vagina-havers takes three times as long to attain self-lubrication and become aroused on average. Therefore it is not fair to quickly judge yourself that you are not producing enough lubrication when you are not really giving your body enough time to produce the said lubrication.
I suggest that you slow down and spend much of your time kissing, grinding, non-genital massaging and chest stimulation before penetration.
Quit giving your lubrication too much power.
Stop that catastrophic thinking when it comes to lubrication levels. This type of thinking can lead to assume that you are no longer attracted to someone just because your lubrication levels have dropped.
We tend to forget that lubrication levels are not actually a good indicator that someone is aroused. You can just know when someone is aroused by them telling you or recognizing an interest in sex within yourself.
You can still know when someone is aroused through some of these manifestations:
- Erect nipples
- Flushed skin
- Increased sounds and smell
- Engorged genitals
- Check out any underlying health conditions. There are a bunch of underlying health conditions that might be affecting your lubrication levels.
- Yeast infection
- Bacterial vaginosis
- Immune system dysfunction
- Vulvovaginal atrophy
Certain medications such as allergy medicines, for example, don’t just dry up your nose, they can also affect your lubrication levels.
This effect can also be brought about by certain birth control medications.
You don’t have to quit the said medications, just talk to your doctor and see whether the dryness is a possible effect.
Have a chat with your partner.
You might be in a relationship with someone who keeps on shaming you with your lubrication levels. Now if you really love this person, have a sit down with them and give them a quick lubrication lesson.
If they continue shaming you for what your body does, then it time to let the kick rocks and let you focus on your health. The last thing you need is someone giving you stress concerning thing that your body does without your knowledge.
Talk to your doctor about vaginal moisturizers.
Vaginal moisturizers are a bit different from lubes. They are vaginal creams that are meant to be used daily to increase body lubrication not just during sex.
The purpose of these moisturizers is to provide moisture to the delicate tissues in the vaginal canal that can dry out when estrogen levels go down.
Sexual supplements, like CBD based products, can also help boost blood flow to the genitals and therefore naturally support lubrication levels too.
In conclusion, your lubrication levels are totally normal but if you happen to be concerned, to your doctor to help you figure out how to increase your natural wetness.
Indeed wetter is better when it comes to sex but that wetness doesn’t have to be body made.