What is the meaning of smegma

Smegma (Greek for ‘soap’), or in full smegma praeputii is a white soap-like substance of skin secretions and moisture,

which could arise under the foreskin of the penis and at the vulva. Smegma has a strong characteristic smell and taste, caused by lactic acid bacteria. Smegma occurs not only in humans but in all male and female mammals. The function of smegma is to keep the skin and the glans supple. Read more on smegma..

How can I best remove smegma?

It is important to remove smegma regularly. Removing smegma prevents unpleasant odors and possible infections. You can remove smegma by pulling back the foreskin and washing the glans daily. It is best to do this without soap. If you do use soap, rinse well to remove all soap residue.

When should I go to the doctor?

Consult a doctor if you have any of the following smegma-related problems:

  • discharge, a lot of smegma or build-up of sebum
  • yellow or gray-green gunk
  • foreskin sticks to the glans
  • glans stinks, strange smell
  • itching of the glans
  • That can indicate an inflammation of the penis (balanitis) or an STI