Okay I’m gonna knock out all these informational posts that I’ve been meaning to write, so you never have an “okaaaaaay, but what is she talking about now” moment. Today’s post is about VAGINAL SENSATION.
Vaginal sensation is similar to cervical fluid, but it’s also different. Cervical fluid is the actual substance that you can see on your underpants, toilet paper, fingers or whatever you use to check it. It’s stuff, get it? Vaginal sensation is a feeling.
Think of it this way — you can tell if your mouth feels dry, and you can also tell if your mouth feels wet. If you have ever tried the Cinnamon Challenge, you know what a dry mouth feels like (don’t try the Cinnamon Challenge). Now, imagine a big, ripe, juicy lemon in front of you. Imagine just biting into that lemon, skin and all! Did your salivary glands start producing more saliva? Mine did! You now also know what your mouth feels like when it’s wet.
Or how about your nose? You know how the inside of your nose can feel really dry, like if you’re in the desert, or any other hot, dry climate? Or it can feel really wet, like if you have a runny nose? Yeah, you do.
So what do your nose, mouth, and vagina have in common? They are all mucus membranes, and they are all meant to be kind of damp all the time. If you can tell if your nose and mouth are wet or dry, not by touching them, but just by noticing how they feel, it stands to reason that you could also tell the same thing about your vagina. AND YOU TOTALLY CAN!
Most of us are taught to basically ignore our vaginas as much as possible, only tending to the basics, and trying to ignore even those! So the thought of tuning into your vagina might be a little foreign, but you can do it!
But why would you want to?
Vaginal sensation is another fertility sign. Sometimes even if your cervical fluid is too watery to measure, your vaginal sensation can tell you about your state of fertility. Even if you don’t notice any cervical fluid that day, if you have a wet or slippery vaginal sensation you are still fertile.
This sensation can be annoying! I’m not gonna lie. The other day I was like “Ugh!! This business is annoyyyyying!” It can feel all cold and icky, or like you sat in something wet, or like someone cracked a raw egg in your underpants! Gross!!
But, it’s also pretty cool! Because you can get (or not get) pregnant because of it; depending on your current modus operandi, and what you want for your life.
The general pattern vaginal sensation will follow is dry, (not like dry like a bone, your vagina and vulva should always be slightly damp, as the vagina is a mucus membrane, and if it was truly dry you’d have a real problem), and then as you approach ovulation you may feel wet, and when you are like right about to ovulate in the next day or so you might have a slippery or lubricative sensation (that’s the uncomfortable one, in my opinion). After you ovulate your vaginal sensation will go back to dry.
So, keep an eye on your vaginal sensation. The more you learn about your body, the more you empower yourself, and the greater your understanding of your fertility will become.