Discharge From Clitorus: 6 Possible Conditions with Prevention

Clitoris is centric for pleasure during sexual intercourse. The small round shaped genital part does not have any secretions of its own.  Although experiencing a discharge from Clitoris is something unusual, one may mistake some other factors for a discharge from Clitoris.

So, what are the possible secretions, impurities and infections that are mistaken for discharge from Clitoris? 

The most notable factors include Smegma, dead skin, yeast infection, lichen sclerosus, and a few others. These secretions and diseases may irritate the Clitoris. At other times the secretions from the vagina may be mistaken for secretion from the Clitoris.

If you are facing the same issue then read below for all the possible causes of discharge from Clitoris and their solutions. 

Possibility of Discharge from Clitorus

Clitoris is a female body part, the pleasure center of the vulva. This female body part is prone to erection, the female homolog for the male penis. Clitoris exists where the inner labia meets and forms the clitoral hood.

It exists right above the vagina and urethra ( the pee hole). The structure of the clitoris exists deep inside the body with only the tip showing externally. It is there as a spongy shaft divided into two legs and reaches up to five inches inside the body. 

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The clitoris does not secrete any fluid of its own as the organ has no glands of its own. The role of the clitoris is as simple as to please a woman as she engages in her intercourse. 

People mistake the discharge from the vagina to discharge from the clitoris as it is present right above the urethra. If a woman detects and mistakes the discharge from the vaginal opening with the clitoris, it may be the displacement of the fluid. 

Conditions that are Mistaken for Discharge from Clitoris

There are discharges that are thought to be discharged from the clitoris. But this is a misconception. Take a look at the discharges to get rid of the wrong idea: 

Smegma

Smegma is a smelly and opaque white or yellow substance that is composed of dead epithelial cells, sweat, and oily secretions (sebum) produced by the sebaceous glands of male and female genitalia.

The sebaceous glands exist in the skin around the clitoris of females. Although somewhat disgusting, smegma has an important biological role in humans. 

This smegma which is mistaken for discharge from Clitoris has a pivotal role in maintaining penile health and providing for satisfactory sexual performance. Smegma protects Clitoris by preventing its attachment to nearby skin and aids in urination.

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The clitoral hood is prone to shelter different impurities and matter. The following may be mistaken for discharge from Clitoris:

Dirt, Dead Skin, and Debris

The clitoris hood lies above the vaginal and urethral opening. It is a common observation that impurities such as dirt, debris, and dead skin may accumulate underneath it. This may be mistaken for discharge from the clitoris but the immediate solution is to wipe clean the area by washing it regularly. 

Yeast Infection

Yeast infection leads to a white discharge that causes itching and redness around the clitoris and other major private parts. This infection is treated through an anti-fungal medicine i.e, creams or tablets suggested by a gynecologist.

Thrust

Dirt, dead skin, debris, and smegma are often considered the reason for itching of the Clitoris. Other than these, thrust is another reason for clitorial itchiness and often mistaken as discharge from clitoris. Thrust is the result of an infection that spreads in the vagina and surrounding areas leading to a whitish discharge. Another reason for the itching remains as the accumulation of smegma under the upper hoods of the clitoris.  

Other causes of clitoral itching are as below:

  • Bacteria from hands
  • Fecal matter
  • Stress factors
  • Excessive stimulation during sexual intercourse
  • Irritation against the innerwear

Lichen Sclerosus

Lichen sclerosus is a rare condition that may affect the clitoris and surrounding areas as well. Lichen Seclerosus forms smooth and white patches on skin especially in the genital and anal areas. This condition is notable in the area of the clitoris as well.

 This can lead to:

  • Itching sensation
  • Redness
  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Blisters

The mentioned condition can affect anyone from any age group but it is highly observed in females of age 40 to 60. The exact reason for Lichen Sclerosus is unknown until now. Overall, an overactive immune system and hormonal imbalances are thought to play a major role in the condition.

Visiting a doctor is the immediate solution to this problem. These sclerosus that appear on the genitals require some kind of treatment as they do not improve on their own. The physician may suggest corticosteroid creams and ointments to treat the itching, improve the skin appearance, and minimize scarring.

Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD)

PGAD is a condition of genital arousal which have no connection with sexual desire. Although the major cause of the arousal is unknown, stress is considered as the preliminary factor behind it. 

The condition of PGAD causes numerous symptoms including mild or intense tingling and itching sensation in the clitoris and unusual pains. Some people complain of spontaneous orgasm as well.

Upon suspecting the PGAD, consider getting an appointment with the doctor. They may assess the symptoms appropriately and suggest accordingly for relief. PGADs have no single treatment and it varies according to the reason behind the symptoms. 

These include:

  • Topical numbing agents
  • Cognitive behavior therapy
  • Counseling

Preventions

Some women mistakenly consider vaginal discharge as discharge from Clitoris. Some kinds of vaginal discharge are considered highly normal while for other kinds treatment is a must. People who suffer from abnormal vaginal/clitoral discharge can do the following:

  • Keep the vaginal and clitoral area clean by washing twice a day with lukewarm water and a gentle soap
  • Avoid wearing excessively tight clothes
  • Utilize panty liners for moisture absorption
  • Cotton undergarments are highly effective for keeping allergies away
  • Be careful while wiping the private parts after defecation and better wipe front to back so that vagina remains clean.
  • Douching harms the balance of vaginal bacteria so avoid it. 

FAQs

What is the anatomy of the clitoris?

Answer: The external clitoris (glans clitoris) is present above the urethral opening. It lies at the junction of the inner labia (labia minora) and is covered by a retractable clitoral hood. The rest of the clitoris is located internally and connects to the glans.

What is clitoral pain?

Answer: Clitoral pain is often termed as Clitorodynia. These factors include provoked vestibulodynia (pain at the entrance of the vagina), lichen sclerosus (a skin problem), or multiple sclerosis ( a brain disease). Traumas such as surgery or childbirth are other major reasons for the pain. 

Why is my clitoris large and should I be worried about it?

Answer: Although there is no standard size of the clitoris enlargement may occur due to numerous factors. These factors include sexual arousal, hormone disorders, and ovarian tumors.

What is vulvar cancer? 

Answer: Vulvar cancer is related to the outer surface of the female genitalia. Vulvar cancer exists in the form of a lump or sore on the vulva and causes an itching sensation.

What is clitoral dysfunction?

Answer: When people who have clitoral atrophy become aroused, their clitoris begins to give a minimized response. This condition of clitoral atrophy leads to reduction or loss of sexual appetite. This leads to frustration at the end of the sexually active people.

What is the clitoral hood?

Answer: Clitoral hood is a petite flap of skin at the point where the inner lips of Clitoris meet. It protects the sensitive clitoris tip. Only the tip remains visible although the shaft has two parts 5 inches deep in the body. 

Conclusion

The discharge from Clitoris itself is not possible as the genital part produces no secretions of its own. Numerous other factors may be responsible for the misconception. Any discharge from your genitalia is treatable at home most of the time. If the problems do not resolve at home then consider visiting a doctor for treatment.

Dr Hafeez Arshad

Dr Hafeez Arshad

This is Dr. Hafeez. I have done my M.Phil in Pharmacology. I am a healthcare professional. My core competencies focus on writing different types of research articles/blogs regarding health sciences.

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