By Keisha Mitchell
What’s a vagina if not a fertile crescent to a dry world or an oasis to a man in heat? The necessary chemistry to keep this lush valley from flooding or becoming polluted is a delicate and essential balance that sometimes can be thrown out of whack with the simplest of wrenches. Vaginal secretions, or “wetness” as it’s commonly referred to is a by-product of the interior hormonal balance inside of a woman's basicity-that body.
Discharge is normal for any vagina and serves as both a daily cleaning mechanism as well a general litmus test to let a woman know where her vaginal, and physical health stands. Simply put, vaginas are an oven of sorts, that is controlled not by electricity, but by the PH balances (Yes the same PH – a measure of acidity or basicity- that your chemistry teacher gave you a lesson about). Hence the reason yeast is a common problem for those whose undercarriage packs heat. Everything from the acidity of a man's semen to too much sugar and/or carbs in a woman's’ diet can throw her PH balance off and lead to less than desirable discharge.
As a rule of thumb, a woman's normal discharge can span the consistency of wet and water-like to sticky and tacky, and depending on if she’s nearing her period or ovulating, even gummy. In reference to hue, discharge can be semi-clear and invisible or it can be whitish-grey to a faint eggshell yellow. Typically, if the shade reaches a golden or greenish look, there should be some investigation on the lady’s part into the origin. Discharge resembling the latter may also bear an odor.
In reference to the amount of discharge a woman should expect, it truly varies. Some women hardly see any activity at all (down there) outside of arousal, while there are other women who can’t go a day without wearing pantiliners. As an adult, a woman should (ideally) be familiar enough with her coochie's chemistry to know what to expect from her. However, age and stress can change the normatives. If you are a woman who has experienced a change in her discharge over the years, it might be a good idea to meet with a gynecologist just to make sure everything is on track. This is also important for women who are sexually active; in many cases, the only evident symptoms of STIs (sexually transmitted infections such as trichmonaisis, gonorrhea, chlamydia or herpes) is the discharge.
All in all, the waters of a vagina can be dark and deep to those treading them uniformed or haphazardly. We hope this brief breakdown sheds a little light on the southern side of things.
Keisha, The MFN Editor is a Creative Curator of AB+L Radio, and Editor in Cheif for Sapio Magazine. You can read more from her at http://www.sapiomagonline.com/ Follow her @themfneditor.