Vaginal Discharge after Sex
Vaginal Discharge after Sex
As a newlywed, you’re about to embark on one of life’s most beautiful journeys. Throughout this journey, you will discover the pleasure of physical intimacy and sexual fulfillment. You will also discover some changes in your body after sharing these intimate moments. One of these changes is increased vaginal discharge. You’re probably wondering if increased discharge is normal after intercourse, and why it happens. We’re here to answer your questions.
Is increased vaginal discharge after sex normal?
During sexual intercourse, you may experience pleasurable contractions in the lower part of your vagina and your pelvic area. This is called orgasm. These vaginal contractions will lead to the expulsion of different types of fluids (vaginal discharges), in excessive amounts. This extra discharge is perfectly normal, because it’s a sign that your body is functioning properly and should not worry you. Usually, the texture and color of post-intercourse discharge changes according to your menstrual cycle and hormone levels.
What is post-intercourse vaginal discharge made of?
During and after intercourse, your body produces different types of fluids, which contribute to the healthy progression of the reproductive act.
- Lubrication fluid
When your body is sexually stimulated, it produces a natural lubrication fluid on the inner walls of the vagina. This watery and slippery liquid prepares you for sexual contact and helps make intercourse more comfortable for you and your husband. Your body produces lubrication fluid within 30 seconds of sexual arousal and continues to produce it even after intercourse.
- Cervical mucus
Cervical mucus is produced throughout the menstrual cycle to help sperm reach the matured egg. Its appearance and consistency changes, depending on which phase of your cycle you're in. It’s usually clear and stretchy when you approach ovulation.
- Female ejaculation fluid
Scientific studies have proven that, during arousal or orgasm, some women expulse a special fluid that is similar to semen. This fluid is produced by small glands, which are located near the urethra. Its texture is so watery that it can be mistaken for urine.
- Seminal fluid
A woman’s discharge after sex also contains male fluids. Towards the end of sexual intercourse, the man releases seminal fluid within the female reproductive tract. Semen contains sperm as well as other fluids that are meant to help sperm reach the matured egg.
When should I worry?
Normally, excess discharge after sex should not cause any physical discomfort. However, if it’s associated with pain or irritation, or if it has changed from its usual consistency, color or odor, you may be at risk for vaginal infections, and it’s best to see your doctor.