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Many of you have probably never heard of the term ‘smegma’ but have probably experienced it because it is so common! Have you noticed a cheese-like substance around your genitals? If the answer is ‘yes’, then you’ve probably had smegma. It is the thick and whitish substance found in the genital area of both males and females.
The problem might be common but it is definitely not discussed commonly. Hence, we decided to ask an expert all about it in order to spread more awareness about the condition.
Dr Niveditha Manokaran is a dermatologist and venereologist from India who recently posted about smegma on her Instagram account.
In her post, she said, “SMEGMA! Cheesy stuff that appears in your genitals, that recurs even after cleaning, and is not actually causing any symptoms? Yes, that’s smegma, and that’s normal.”
Dr Niveditha went on to explain what smegma is all about:
She said that the primary function of smegma is moistening and lubricating the space where it occurs.
Well, when too much smegma builds up because you sweat or lack of washing the genital area, the smelly white chunks can cause bacteria to grow. This leads to an unpleasant smell. What you need to keep in mind is that it isn’t an infection and is normal, informed the doctor.
It isn’t a health issue and nothing to worry about! However, you should keep your vaginal area clean in order to minimise the risk of bacterial growth. Dr Niveditha provides expert advice on how to go about it through her Instagram post:
So, ladies, smegma is nothing to worry about but a little care can go a long way in steering clear of it!