Q: Is it possible to have vaginal fluid leakage when you’re not aroused, kind of on a daily basis? Not a lot and not a discharge that would indicate a bacterial or yeast infection and it's also not urine. Just a slight leakage of some kind that has no odor. What is that caused by and is it normal?
A: It’s not abnormal for some women to have a light discharge throughout the day. This is often just due to the release natural vaginal fluid, which can be produced in greater quantities during certain times of the month (particularly during ovulation). Sometimes vaginal fluid is released when a women is not sexually aroused simply because of increased blood flow throughout the body. This is particularly common at night or when a person is very relaxed (such as taking a light nap during the day). As long as the discharge is clear, odorless and doesn’t involve any pain or swelling of the vulva, it’s unlikely that it’s caused by any sort of infection.
Of course, I’m not a medical professional, so if this is concerning you, you should probably go to a gynecologist to get a professional’s opinion.
Answers provided by Dr. Ross Avilla
Dr. Ross Avilla has been teaching Human Sexuality since 2013 and has a PhD in psychology from UC Davis. Dr. Avilla is not a clinician and all information and advice offered on this website is for educational purposes only.