Ask your grandma what the word ‘smegma’ means and she will more likely to tell you that it is a new crazy slang word that only teens use. And now ask your friend the same question, and she will tremble with fear and stop talking to you for a week.
Why are young people so afraid of smegma? Is it as dangerous as we think? For starters, smegma is a naturally occurring white substance that is oily and thick in nature. It is the result of dead skin cells along with secretions from the sebaceous glands of both female and male genitalia. Smegma is needed to stimulate natural lubrication, but it can be harmful too. Here are five thoughts people usually have when they hear the word ‘smegma.’
1. I have to buy a special product to get rid of smegma
When it comes to health, we never solve the problem until someone deals with it. If your friend is trying to get rid of smegma it does not mean you should too. Unless you take a bath or shower once a week, you do not need to get rid of smegma. Even if you do, warm water and a soap are the two things that will help you cope with a problem.
Do not soap down there too hard and too often. Avoid perfumed soaps that can irritate your sensitive parts. Also, make sure the water is not too hot. Take a warm bath daily to prevent smegma build-up.
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2. Do I have phimosis?
Phimosis sounds like a dangerous disease but often it does not lead to a serious disease and can be treated effectively. Phimosis is the inability to move the dead skin away from the clitoris or head, making these areas covered with a horrible yellow crust and unable to protrude during arousal.
However, if you stick to your daily personal hygiene, the chance of getting phimosis is very low. If you feel like you need a help, though, see your doctor. When ignored, phimosis can cause more serious diseases.
3. Does smegma cause cancer?
There were a number of studies that showed that smegma contains compounds that can cause cancer. Luckily, it is not true. Even though it may contain tiny amounts of cancer-causing substances, smegma does not cause cancer. It can cause infection, itching, inflammation and pain.
4. That’s creepy
Okay, it is creepy. But smegma plays an important role in your sexual life. It is essential for good penile health, and protects the clitoris and penis by stopping it from adhering to the adjacent skin, aids in seamless foreskin retraction during urination, as well as aids in lubricating during the sexual intercourse. Bathe each day and be thankful smegma for making your sex more enjoyable.
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5. Poor uncircumcised guys
It is believed that smegma becomes problematic for uncircumcised men. They have to clean the area under the foreskin each day, and sometimes twice a day. So, when we hear the word ‘smegma’ we typically think about poor uncircumcised guys and their health issues.
In reality, both men and women can suffer from the problems caused by smegma. And sometimes it does not matter if a man is circumcised or not. Sure, circumcised men are less likely to deal with smegma, but they get less pleasure in sex too. Moreover, circumcision can affect female sexual pleasure. So, getting circumcised just to stop smegma production is a bad idea.
Just like guys, we, girls, cannot do anything about smegma production, but if you follow the basic personal hygiene habits, you may not even notice that you have smegma. What are the thoughts that come to your mind when you hear the word smegma?