Vaginal Fountain of Youth

Why cervical mucus, arousal fluids, and other discharges deserve more of our fascination

Come, drink at my fountain (detail) — Collage by the author

used to think vaginal discharge, of any kind, was the most disgusting thing my body could do. Worse, I used to think my body was doing it to me. The red clots, the gooey white fluids coming out of my vagina were a malicious, sarcastic sign from my body saying: This is what you get for being born a woman. Enjoy.