In a woman, does smegma form only on the outside of vagina (between the lips) or also inside the body? Because when I have sex with my girlfriend, some white stuff comes out. I'm pretty sure it's smegma, because when I go down on her before sex, it's also there so I have to wipe it away. It's pretty disgusting and doesn't smell good.
She already went to a doctor, who just said "wear clean underwear" and gave her some pills and suppositories (which made her smell really awful and strong for a week). The white stuff stopped for a short period, only to come back again. My gf also used to constantly wear pads to hide it, I mean regardless of having a period. I told her she only makes it worse by doing it. She says I don't know anything because I'm not a doctor and I'm a man. Which is pretty ignorant, because I know I've done (and still willing to do) a lot more research than her in order to solve this problem. Anyway, she stopped wearing pads and it's better now. The white stuff still comes out though.
My girlfriend is asian. Could this be the reason? Because I noticed that in asian pornos, the girls sometimes have that white stuff come out during sex (hey, porn is my only reference) and in western pornos this never happens - everything is always clean. But maybe because they douche beforehand? That's why I need advice from real women.
What's coming out of her vagina is discharge, not smegma. Smegma is a buildup of dead skin cells and oil and stuff on the surface of the skin. Contrarily, discharge is a substance the vagina actually creates from scratch and secretes. Discharge can also have a bad smell. If she's already gone to the doctor, I'm afraid there's nothing else I know of that she can do. Most discharge is completely normal and out of a woman's control. I have pretty frequent white discharge, sometimes it smells bad, and there is nothing I can do to stop it. It doesn't create a big hindrance in my life though so I don't really try to stop it either. Maybe someone else will know of some other tips for reducing discharge.
First discharge shouldnt smell bad. When it smells bad that is a sign of infection. You said after she took the meds by the dr it cleared up for a bit but came back. I wouldnt be surprised if that is because you reinfected her. If you are having unprotected sex with her chances are she gave you the infection and you are passing it back and forth. It sounds like it might be a yeast infection. So you both should see a dr and really explain what is going on. If it is yeast then you both should be treated.
It isnt that big of a deal and is easily treated as long as you follow the course of meds and dont have sex until you are both clear.
Make sure the dr takes a sample and tests it to see what it is.
DS 13 yr
DS 8 yr (3+ yrs ttc)
TTC #3 since 01/02
Yes that is true that you can carry the infection and pass it back to her and not necessarily have the symptoms. Some people get very mild yeast infections too and don't know it's one. I've known men who got yeast infection from strong antibiotics, but that's about the only reason.
My advice is to check out a new doctor... if the smell is pretty bad, that shouldn't be normal... some doctors don't worry about things too much if it's nothing serious, but if it's causing trouble, I'd see someone else. Someone has got to know what it is causing the excess discharge.
You mentioned about underwear... does she wear cotton underwear? If not, it's highly recommended for a woman to wear cotton underwear at least most of the time. Satin and silky materials can cause infections because it doesn't allow air to get in as much. She can always try it out for a while and see if it helps. I'd definitely see a different doctor though and see if there is something else to try.