Did I clean my clitoris incorrectly?

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Did I clean my clitoris incorrectly?

Unread post by someoneanxious »

So, today I showered and discovered smegma beneath the hood of my clitoris. I used my wash rag to scrub, but not too hard. I went side to side, and it hurt a lot. Now, my clitoris feels extra sensitive than it did before.

I thought that it could also be a sign of my period coming soon, but I don't know.

Will it go away? Did I damage it by cleaning it this way?
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Re: Did I clean my clitoris incorrectly?

Unread post by Heather »

Hey there, welcome to the boards. :P

It's normal for that to happen sometimes. But it sounds like the way you approached this caused you pain, so next time, you'll want to take that note from your body and stop what's causing you pain. Then you can try and find another way. My best suggestion is to take your washrag, soak it in warm water, and just use it like a compress on the hood. You may need to sit with it for a little while, and warm up the water/rag a few times. That will soften those oils so that they can just kind of melt away.

I'm sure that you haven't done any damage: that part of the clitoris in particular is where the bulk of its sensory nerve endings are, so yeah, when we hurt it, it can hurt like nobody's business. I'd just be gentle with your body for a bit, and if you have any aloe vera handy (not the kind with additives, from a plant), that is something you can put on the area to soothe the skin there.
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Re: Did I clean my clitoris incorrectly?

Unread post by MushroomSoda0 »

Hi there! I would recommend washing your clit with your hand using warm water with a mild, unscented soap (I recommend Dove sensitive skin body bar or Venus Gillette 2-in-1 cleanser + shave gel). Remember to only wash the external area! It could be extra sensitive from the rubbing of the wash cloth or if you used a harsher soap. Don’t worry, I don’t think you damaged it. It’s like a scratch, it will be sensitive at first but will go away within a week. Like Heather said, the clit has a bunch of nerve endings so its quite sensitive. Hope this helps!
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