Sex Fact: Vaginal Lubrication

Kayla Kayla
Did you ever wonder what, exactly, was in vaginal lubrication? Vaginal lubrication can begin even mere seconds after physical or mental stimulation, and it comes from extra blood rushing to the genitals. It's a colorless component of blood. It contains water, pyridine, squalene, urea, acetic acid, lactic acid, complex alcohols and glycols, ketones, and aldehydes.

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Did you know this? What other neat facts about the vagina do you know?
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08/22/2011
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Jul!a Jul!a
That's one of those things I might have learned ages ago in health class or stumbling around the internet but reading it now doesn't sound like something I remember. However, that's still a very interesting fact all the same.
08/22/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
Lubrication is a product of the serum from the blood supply. It "sweats" out of pores inside the vagina to facilitate sexual play.

Reduction in estrogen in a woman's system can cause a dramatic reduction in proper vaginal lubrication. Things that can cause a drop in estrogen and a reduction of lubrication are the post partum period (after childbirth it can takes months for the estrogen levels to go back to menstruating levels) peri-menopause (the time leading up to full menopause, which in some women can last as long as 15 years) and menopause itself. Also drugs which reduce estrogen (some to treat endometriosis and other female issues, acne and other health problems) can reduce estrogen production. Even the birth control pill, which contains a synthetic estrogen itself, can reduce lubrication to the point where sexual play is uncomfortable and even painful and vaginal infections occur as a result.

Some women who are having estrogen reduction lubrication issues can use commercial lubricants to help with the problem. If her doctor and her think it is a good idea, both peri-menopause and menopause lubrication issues can be treated with a mild, nearly side effect free estrogen vaginal cream. This estrogen cream should not, however, be used during breastfeeding as it can cause a reduction in milk supply. It should also not be used during pregnancy or by women who have had estrogen dependent breast tumors.

The latest research has shown that soy products simply are not used and processed by the body as an estrogen. The body does not use these chemicals in the same way as either natural or synthetic pharmaceutical estrogens. So called "phyto-estrogens" have been proven to not help with peri-menopause and menopausal symptoms in double blind trials. Although, in some trials, women who thought "phyto-estrogens& amp; amp; quot; actually worked and thought were being administered to them actually had a strong placebo effect to even non-soy non-estrogen containing products.
08/22/2011
Darling Jen Darling Jen
First I must link.

And how about that a vagina is pleated, much like an umbrella, and is elastic-like. These two characteristics help it go from it's normal, tightly closed state and it's open position for penetration without uncomfortable stretching.
08/22/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
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Originally posted by Darling Jen
First I must link.

And how about that a vagina is pleated, much like an umbrella, and is elastic-like. These two characteristics help it go from it's normal, tightly closed state and it's open position for penetration without ... More
Cute video, Jen. Love the.... pussy?
08/22/2011
Darling Jen Darling Jen
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Originally posted by P'Gell
Cute video, Jen. Love the.... pussy?
He is so vaginal!
08/22/2011
js250 js250
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Originally posted by Kayla
Did you ever wonder what, exactly, was in vaginal lubrication? Vaginal lubrication can begin even mere seconds after physical or mental stimulation, and it comes from extra blood rushing to the genitals. It's a colorless component of blood. It ... More
I wasn't sure and boy did I miss a lot of the components! A vagal response happens when an item inserted in the vagina and irritates the sciatic nerve. Usually the irritable spot is close to the cervix, but can be located in the top 2/3 of the vagina. A vagal response gives you shallow, rapid breathing, causes heartbeat irregularity and lack of conciousness.
08/22/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
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Originally posted by js250
I wasn't sure and boy did I miss a lot of the components! A vagal response happens when an item inserted in the vagina and irritates the sciatic nerve. Usually the irritable spot is close to the cervix, but can be located in the top 2/3 of the ... More
A lot of other things cause Vagal responses as well. You can "Vagal Out" when stressed, and pass out from over-stimulation of this nerve.

I get a vagus response from wearing things too tight or too heavy on my neck. (So, it was hard to find a collar that didn't result in my sweating, panicking, becoming nauseous and almost passing out! We found a very light, very thin one that looks great and doesn't vagal me out.) "Vagus" responses don't have to be sexual and usually aren't. In fact, Vagus responses are quite common during both childbirth and while one is having a heart attack!
08/22/2011
DeliciousDrip DeliciousDrip
well i learned something new today !!! Thnkx Kayla
08/22/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
Here's the low down on the Vagus Nerve. Little of it has to do with sexual response.

The vagus nerve is either one of two cranial nerves which are extremely long, extending from the brain stem all the way to the viscera. The vagus nerves carry a wide assortment of signals to and from the brain, and they are responsible for a number of instinctive responses in the body. You may also hear the vagus nerve called Cranial Nerve X, as it is the 10th cranial nerve, or the Wandering Nerve. A great deal of research has been carried out on the vagus nerve, as it is a rather fascinating cranial nerve.

Vagus is Latin for “wandering,” and it is an accurate description of this nerve, which emerges at the back of the skull and meanders in a leisurely way through the abdomen, with a number of branching nerves coming into contact with the heart, lungs, voicebox, stomach, and ears, among other body parts. The vagus nerve carries incoming information from the nervous system to the brain, providing information about what the body is doing, and it also transmits outgoing information which governs a range of reflex responses.

The vagus nerve helps to regulate the heart beat, control muscle movement, keep a person breathing, and to transmit a variety of chemicals through the body. It is also responsible for keeping the digestive tract in working order, contracting the muscles of the stomach and intestines to help process food, and sending back information about what is being digested and what the body is getting out of it.

When the vagus nerve is stimulated, the response is often a reduction in heart-rate or breathing. In some cases, excessive stimulation can cause someone to have what is known as a vaso-vagal response, appearing to fall into a faint or coma because his or her heart rate and blood pressure drop so much. Selective stimulation of this nerve is also used in some medical treatment; vagus stimulation appears to benefit people who suffer from depression, for example, and it is also sometimes used to treat epilepsy.


As you can see, although the words "vagina" and "vagus" are similar, they are not related in a medical or physiological sense.

Sorry to OT the thread. Nursing training called me in.
08/22/2011
ToyGurl ToyGurl
I never knew that! lol.
08/22/2011
Coralbell Coralbell
I read that somewhere a few months ago, but I think it's a really interesting fact.
08/22/2011
Screen Door Screen Door
I knew that, and it's really cool!!
08/22/2011
gone77 gone77
I actually did not know about what comprises vaginal lubrication or much about the vagus nerve. Love learning new things!
08/22/2011
Kdlips Kdlips
nice to know
08/22/2011
Sammi Sammi
I didn't know that either - very interesting!
08/22/2011
Yaoi Pervette (deleted) Yaoi Pervette (deleted)
I didn't know that. It's totally vaginal!
08/23/2011
Tuesday Tuesday
Sadly, the vagina can shrink, thin and become less stretchy as well as becoming more dry during menopause. There's my fact for you.

And the uterus is the strongest muscle in the human body. the uterus is a totally vaginal organ.
08/24/2011
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
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Originally posted by P'Gell
Lubrication is a product of the serum from the blood supply. It "sweats" out of pores inside the vagina to facilitate sexual play.

Reduction in estrogen in a woman's system can cause a dramatic reduction in proper vaginal ... More
I found this far more interesting! Thanks P'Gell!
08/24/2011
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
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Originally posted by Tuesday
Sadly, the vagina can shrink, thin and become less stretchy as well as becoming more dry during menopause. There's my fact for you.

And the uterus is the strongest muscle in the human body. the uterus is a totally vaginal organ.
Tongue for the male.
08/24/2011
Sunshineamine Sunshineamine
Remember bits and pieces of that from my Reproductive Health course in nursing school but now I really want to read that I LOVE FEMALE ORGASM book now. I love learning new stuff.
08/25/2011
wetone123 wetone123
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Originally posted by P'Gell
A lot of other things cause Vagal responses as well. You can "Vagal Out" when stressed, and pass out from over-stimulation of this nerve.

I get a vagus response from wearing things too tight or too heavy on my neck. (So, it was hard ... More
I always wondered whY the women in my family, including myself, feel very uncomfortable with anything on our necks. We can't even wear a turtleneck top! Wow! Learning more everyday! Its vaginal!
08/25/2011
Tuesday Tuesday
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Originally posted by ~LaUr3n~
Tongue for the male.
Really? I would have guessed the heart or gluts.
08/25/2011
emiliaa emiliaa
Delicious ^_~
08/25/2011
The Curious Couple The Curious Couple
Very interesting. Thanks for sharing!
08/25/2011
Beck Beck
I love learning about my vagina! I read lots of things about her!
08/26/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
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Originally posted by ~LaUr3n~
I found this far more interesting! Thanks P'Gell!
Thank you all.

Tuesday, I don't know if it works for you, but I have found that Premarin creme works so well for dryness, lubrication issues and even peri-menopausal orgasmic issues. I know some people don't want to take artificial estrogen (Premarin is actually derived from equine estrogen) but the result in me from just a quarter of a tube a day is astounding!

I have no problem with lubrication, less irritation, and it even helps with orgasm. I always said I would never use HRT, but the orgasmic issues plus the dryness caused me to rethink my lifeplan. Hot flashes, I can deal with, taking over an hour or orgasm (if at all) I can't take!

I did my research and realized that the creme had much fewer side effects than the oral pill of either BC pills or Premarin. I take a tiny amount of progesterone a day, in pill form (OOPS I forgot today) for 10 days after my period, so the estrogen won't cause heavy bleeding (one of the only common side effects with estrogen creme, although before I consented to take the progesterone, I never noticed any) and aside from that, it's just a quarter tube a day, and I'm home free.
08/26/2011
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
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Originally posted by P'Gell
Thank you all.

Tuesday, I don't know if it works for you, but I have found that Premarin creme works so well for dryness, lubrication issues and even peri-menopausal orgasmic issues. I know some people don't want to take artificial ... More
My wife uses 'bioidentical' estrogen and progesterone creams and both are working well for her. Not sure what the differences are between equine and bioidentical - but if they work - it's all good.
08/26/2011
Tuesday Tuesday
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Originally posted by P'Gell
Thank you all.

Tuesday, I don't know if it works for you, but I have found that Premarin creme works so well for dryness, lubrication issues and even peri-menopausal orgasmic issues. I know some people don't want to take artificial ... More
Very interesting. I wish you could buy estrogen cream over the counter. The last time I saw my gyn, she offered me a choice of a higher estrogen dose (I use a very small dose estrogen patch) or estrogen cream. Maybe I can talk her into adding estrogen cream this time.

Using toys daily definitely helps with lubrication too. Anything that increases blood flow to the area helps. It sounds like a youth serum for you vagina.

My sister has problems with weak orgasms now. She tried an estrogen ring and didn't notice any difference.

My only problem with Premarin is that horses have to suffer in the process. They keep the poor mares in confined stalls so they can easily collect their pee. The poor things. No exercise for them.
08/26/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
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Originally posted by Tuesday
Very interesting. I wish you could buy estrogen cream over the counter. The last time I saw my gyn, she offered me a choice of a higher estrogen dose (I use a very small dose estrogen patch) or estrogen cream. Maybe I can talk her into adding ... More
I know, I feel awful for the horses. I asked my GYN if they had any estrogen that wasn't made this way, and he offered me the BC pill, which I can't take (because then I suffer, from migraines, depression, weight gain and loss of libido) so until they make something prescription that is better, I have to use this.

Gunsmoke, I did try a bioidentical progesterone (thinking I was estrogen dominant at one point) made from phyto-hormones from plants and it didn't work for me. I think we all respond a little differently. I'm glad it works for your wife, though.

Whatever it takes...
08/26/2011
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