The smell in the PRIVATE PART may be the reason for that Smegma



Smegma is a substance made up of oil and dead skin cells. It can accumulate under the foreskin in uncircumcised males or around the folds of the labia in females.

Left untreated, smegma can cause an odor or in some cases, harden and lead to irritation in the genitals.

Learn how to get rid of and prevent smegma buildup.

How to treat smegma in females

Smegma can occur in females, too, and may be the cause of vaginal odor. It can build up in the folds of the labia or around the clitoral hood.

Similar to men, the easiest way to remove smegma from the female genitals is through proper personal hygiene.




  • Gently pull back the vaginal folds. You can position your first two fingers in a V-shape to help spread the folds.
  • Use warm water and, if needed, a gentle soap, to clean the folds. Avoid getting soap inside the vaginal opening.
  • Thoroughly rinse the area.
  • Gently pat the area dry.

You may also want to wear underwear made of breathable materials, like cotton, and avoid wearing tight pants to help reduce your risk for smegma buildup.

Changes to vaginal discharge and odor may indicate an infection. See your doctor if the smegma doesn’t clear up or gets worse.

You should also see your doctor if you have pain, itching, or a burning sensation in your genitals, or if you have abnormal discharge.




See your doctor if you have yellow or green vaginal discharge as well.



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