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Lately, my vulva has been behaving differently after masturbation. It used to be that I would need to urinate immediately afterwards, and it would dry up on its own. But now, the urge to urinate comes less often, and occasionally I fall asleep without cleaning up, and when I check it sometimes hours later, it is still unusually wet and pliant. (I think my outer labia is fairly large and sort of "seals" the wetness in there, if that makes sense.)

Sometimes I find it kind of enjoyable to have it be wet when I wake up (I hope that's not tmi), but recently I've been wondering if it's unhealthy. Is it a bacteria breeding ground? Am I setting myself up for an infection? Should I always dry my vulva immediately after masturbation (vagina too? or just the exterior?)? Is it okay to leave it sometimes (if I fall asleep or if I want to masturbate again later)?

Thank you for the help!

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Robin Lee
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Hi BarbeQ and welcome to Scarleteen,

There's usually nothing harmful about not cleaning yourself up after masturbation, unless you'd be more comfortable doing so.

The vagina is actually self-cleaning, for the most part, so really doesn't need to be cleaned.

If you're more comfortable gently drying yourself off, you can, by all means, do so, though drying the inside of the vagina isn't necessary, since the vagina cleans itself out. If not, you can let thihngs dry on their own in their own time.

If you're concerned there might be an infection, you can certainly check in with a healthcare provider.

Here's some extra information on discharges that might help you out:

Extra discharge can sometimes indicate that an infection is present, though generally that discharge will be present at times other than when one is sexually aroused, and will differ in texture, smell, or both from one's usual discharge.


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