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Growing up all I was taught were the mechanics of sex and about menstruation when it came to the female body. I've since learned about discharge and that women get vaginal infections.

It may sound silly but guys don't to my knowledge get genital infections. I'm just wondering where women's infections originate from, what has to be present for them to occur and the reasons why? It sounds like a high maintenance body part.

Also, when it comes to guys we have a prostate gland and testicles that produce semen and sperm. I know women have vaginal wetness and lubrication and do come but was wondering where the fluid actually comes from. Is there a gland or something that creates it?

Also, males have to reach puberty before sperm production and release of it for women is the ability to lubricate always there or something that only happens after they've reached puberty too. Just curious.

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People with penises can and do get genital infections, too, not just people with vulvas. And for people with either kind of genitals, genital infections originate from the introduction to viruses, bacteria or parasites, or sometimes (like with yeast infections) due to an imbalance of flora in the body.

The vulva also has glands, and the glands that produce lubrication are the Skene's and Bartholin's glands.

I wouldn't call the vulva or vagina high-maintenance: the vagina cleans itself, after all. [Smile] That said, they're different from the penis in that the way they're laid out, they can be a bit more susceptible to infections or imbalances than a penis can, that's all.

Sperm production and the production of fluids, for any sex, aren't the same thing. Again, this is something where men or women can produce various kinds of lubrication (the foreskin produces lubrication, too) before puberty or before either sperm production or the release of ovum begin.

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