4:36 pm - 05/18/2010

Smegma Removal?

So...I noticed a few days ago that I was having some weird clitoral pain/pressure sensations. I have vulvar vestibulitis, so I was worried that I might be developing vulvodynia as well. However, this afternoon I sat in front of the mirror, pulled back my clitoral hood a bit, and saw two small white chunks of stuff, I'm assuming smegma, stuck on my clitoris way back where the clitoris and hood meet. I tried to pick it away and sprayed water from a squirt bottle at it, but the damn stuff isn't moving. I'm guessing that this is the cause of my pain, since it's all on the left side and it's the left side of my clit that seems to hurt.

How on earth do I get rid of this stuff? Do I have to see a gyn and have them remove it? Or will it just clean itself up on its own if I leave it? Or is there some method for removal that won't be excruciating?

Help!
xolmw 18th-May-2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, owch :[ Are you sure that it's smegma? Whenever I get it, it's really easy to wipe away.
archangelbeth 18th-May-2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
Maybe sit in a shallow bath and soak it for a while?

Good luck!
queensugar 18th-May-2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
I get it in my belly button quite badly (I have a very deep and, uh, fold-y and small belly button) and I find that going at it really, really carefully with a pair of pointy tweezers can work wonders. I've done this under my clitoral hood once or twice when I had a similar issue.
cfoxrun 19th-May-2010 01:14 am (UTC)
I use pointy tweezers too. VERY carefully!
hairballsplat 19th-May-2010 02:50 am (UTC)
i use peroxide to clean the belly button...
queensugar 19th-May-2010 05:00 am (UTC)
I've tried similar approach before, my issue is that my belly button is seriously deep and has a lot of REALLY tight folds that smegma invariably accumulates, hardens and sticks between. It's difficult and painful to pry the folds apart, and washing it with anything doesn't penetrate the folds. :( I have a weird navel.
seishukuhime 19th-May-2010 01:05 am (UTC)
You could try a q-tip with a little bit of baby oil on it.
papercut_jack 19th-May-2010 06:34 am (UTC)
it sounds like it could be an external yeast infection.
enlisted_smile 19th-May-2010 09:14 am (UTC)
When I had this issue, my doctor told me to get some miconazole cream. (Monistat, basically, but there are also off-brands that you can use.) Just rub a little on it a few times a day.
juhunt yes!19th-May-2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your help, ladies! After three attempts and about an hour of frustrating scraping, prodding, and cursing, the smegma has been removed! I tried the tweezer approach, but I actually found that just sort of scraping at it with my fingernails was the best approach.

Man, is it ever sensitive down there now. Whew. I guess I should give things a few days to just calm down now that things are clean.
Gene Brinson RE: yes!6th-Jan-2017 03:02 am (UTC)
I have Vulvar Vestibulitis and Vulvadynia as well. I ended up on a TLC show Strange Sex for it a few years back. I get the exact things you are talking about and quite often.

A frequent comorbidity with Vulvar Vestibulitis and Vulvadynia is Lichen Sclerosis, which is what I also have lol lucky me! (This is found with a biopsy of your vaginal opening)

My thought is this: Lichen Sclerosis brings a very thick waxy discharge and it is very hard to remove. People with VVD tend to have more skin slough and discharge in general.

Its these things that I believe are forming debris of sort and getting trapped in the folds our clitoral hoods and it is very painful.

I remove them about every 4 months. They gradually draw to the fold outer areas and are able to be pulled out easier the bigger they are. I've had a couple the size of rice and popcorn kernels.

I pull the skin back using a gloved hand and wet q tip and start pushing the q tip in closest to my pubic bone and push out toward my clit to coax the ball to the opening of the fold. Once it begins sticking out, I start working it up and back (toward my face) and eventually, when enough is present, I can pull it. They leave holes in the places they were and are very sore while in and it takes a few days to recover. The balls are very hard but can be squished without falling apart in a crumble. They're solid, but maleable, if that makes sense.

Anyway, I hope this helps. If you need to reach out for support, I'm here.

As I always say, Kick Pain in the Crotch!
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