divaThe amount of vaginal lubrication produced as a result of sexual excitement varies not just in different women, but also in the same woman at different stages of her life. Just after puberty there is not likely to be much secretion because female hormones have not had very long to stimulate the glands in the vagina that provide lubrication. Furthermore, anxiety and nervousness about inexperienced sex have an inhibitory effect.

Later on in a woman’s sexual prime, secretions are likely to be greater. If a woman is on birth control, the secretions may also be influenced by the female sex hormone contained in the oral contraceptive pill, particularly if it contains a higher dose of oestrogen as one of its components. In a combined pill, oestrogen tends to increase lubrication whereas other varieties with a stronger progestogen component have the opposite effect.

At the menopause, when female sex hormone diminishes in level again, vaginal dryness is more likely to become a problem.

Provided you have no irritation, itching or soreness as a result of your discharge, there is almost certainly nothing to worry about if you think you have excessive lubrication. It also means there is no easy solution to the problem.

The smell and colour of urine changes on a regular basis, depending on what you eat and how much fluid you drink. Provided there is no stinging or burning, you are unlikely to have cystitis or a kidney infection. If you need further reassurance, a simple urine test and some swab tests can rule out urinary disease and STDs.

Remember that many women can suffer tremendous discomfort from a vagina that does not easily lubricate, so in many ways, women with excessive lubrication are luckier than others.