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What is the Whitish Stuff in My Vagina?

Published: September 06, 2016
Dear TeenHealthFX,

there's this whitish stuff that's in between my outer labia, usually around my clitoris. it comes off easily and it doesn't smell and there's usually very little, unless i go for more than a few days without showering for whatever reason. what is this? i've looked it up and it keeps saying i have a yeast infection but i know that's not true because i've seen/had it since i was little and i've even seen a little on a baby girl once (please don't take that the wrong way - i was babysitting my neighbor's daughter and she somehow got feces in between her labia so i had to clean it up obviously and that's how i found it). anyway what is this? i've heard that sometimes uncircumcised people can get some whitish stuff. is it possible that females can get this whitish stuff too?

Signed: What is the Whitish Stuff in My Vagina?

Dear What is the Whitish Stuff in My Vagina?,

Changes in vaginal secretions (such as in smell, color, texture and thickness) can indicate an infection that would warrant a trip to the doctor. But what you are describing does not sound like an infection. What you are describing is basically a natural lubricating residue made up of shedding skin cells, skin oil secretions, and moisture (including sweat). It can be like cheese in appearance and can vary in color from white to a darker shade depending on your skin tone. Since this substance usually gathers in skin folds, it can appear between the labia and clitoris.

If the build-up of this substance is bothersome to you, then simply wash it away gently with warm water. Because of the sensitivity of the genital area, it is not recommended that you wash it away with soap – warm water will suffice.

As for the possibility of a vaginal infection, if you ever experience redness, vaginal pain, rash, itching, thick discharge or any other concerning symptoms, then TeenHealthFX would recommend that you see a doctor. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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