She Takes A Peep: Vaginal Scents and Textures
This week, Chiamaka takes a look at vaginal scents and textures and what they might be indicative of.
One of the things I love to do after I masturbate is take closer looks at my arousal fluids and the eventual climax left on the toy after peaking. I may observe the scent and even taste these fluids. When I mentioned this on Twitter, some people expressed discomfort about it. The only time that I would hold myself back from doing so were times when my cycle was fast approaching my menstrual period. It is noteworthy to recognize that the different scents of a person’s vaginal fluids are quite indicative closer to your period. In fact, vaginal smells are generally quite indicative of whatever point a person is in their cycle. The texture of discharge might also differ during ovulation, pre-menstrual and then the menstrual cycle. It might be particularly difficult to interpret vaginal smells solely through discharge alone as those bodily fluids can be quite confusing, which is why the scents, tastes and textures of arousal and climax can be easier to interpret.
For example, many people find discharge hard to understand because it usually occurs while undergarments or other forms of protective measures like panty liners are being worn. When they stay on the undergarments for long, there is a tendency for the color or smell to change depending on said person’s daily activities, whether or not they are having sexual activity in-between etc. The benefit of monitoring arousal is that it is usually examined right after it has exited the body. Personally, I notice that right before ovulation my arousal fluids and climax are thicker. While vagina scents may not be consistent across the board, ovulation vagina tends to have a very ‘ripe’ feel to it. Mind you, the thickness of fluids during ovulation are not akin to the thickness of yeast infections, even when the infection does not come with the itch (which it usually does). People who may have uterine infections (UTIs) may also experience that their vaginal fluids such as discharge smells stronger, along with their urine.
Unfortunately, arousal, climax and other fluids released during sexual interaction may not have any significant change if a person has been infected with an STI (sexually transmitted infection). From personal experience, I had absolutely no physical changes or visible symptoms when I had one. Regular STI testing, blood work and internal vaginal examinations are the only ways to be completely sure concerning serious issues such as that. However, when it comes to regular cycles, bodily changes including pregnancy; vaginal scents and textural fluids help with knowledge and information about the body.