Clue is on a mission to help you understand your body, periods, ovulation, and so much more. Start tracking today. Vaginal discharge, cervical fluid, and arousal fluid: are they all the same thing? Not quite. Here, we explain how they vary, how to identify each one, and what you should do if your vaginal fluid starts to look, smell, or feel abnormal. Discharge is an umbrella term for fluid that comes out of the vagina. Cervical fluid is an aspect of discharge—it changes throughout the cycle to prevent or facilitate sperm from moving past the cervix. Arousal fluid is created within the vagina as part of the human sexual response cycle. Discharge is a generalized term, and is made up of cells from the cervix and vagina, bacteria, mucus, and water.
1. Why am I ‘wet’ down there, if I’m not in a sexual situation?
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