Third, if the redundant foreskin is so difficult to keep clean and free of smegma
that there is recurrent irritation and inflammation, then surgical intervention is needed.
However, most proponents of circumcision see it as a preventative healthcare measure; namely, it does not allow for smegma
(a sebaceous secretion that collects under the prepuce) to accumulate under the foreskin (Schoen et al., 2000).
AThe most likely cause here is a build-up of something called smegma
under your foreskin.
It's derived from 'smegma
' and if you want to take that one further, look it up in a good dictionary.
free from the secretion called smegma
by which it is covered in after life" (Acton 1903, 1).
Unfortunately, uncircumcized heterosexual men are susceptible to HIV transmission when the prepuce comes into contact with the smegma
of an infected female sexual partner.
Should we be utterly blase, he wondered, and write as though everyone in America felched twice a day, discussed vintages of smegma
, and personally indulged in water sports?
What about Smegma
, the Literary Magazine of Brooklyn?
The discarded cells accumulate as smegma
(a whitish, paste-like secretion) that gradually works its way out via the tip of the foreskin.
If you have a foreskin, pull it back gently and wash underneath otherwise a cheesy-looking substance called smegma
(natural lubricant that keeps the penis moist) may begin to gather.