Question - Help, my clitoris had ruptured and puss was oozing out.

Question: Hello, this isn't a question, but more a suggestion to add a warning to your page. If I had asked my question a few days ago perhaps I wouldn't be in the situation I am in now. On Thursday morning I woke up with an engorged clitoris. That night it was still enlarged. I did not know what was going on and was only mildly uncomfortable and felt that asking someone about it would be more uncomfortable so I did some searching on the web. I found your page and browsed through, but didn't see anything that suggested I should be concerned. Through Friday and Saturday it became more and more uncomfortable and I decided to call my doctor on Monday. I took a warm bath Saturday night got out dried off sat down to read a book and have a cup of tea and felt a pop. I looked down to see that my clitoris had ruptured and puss was oozing out. If I had known this type of thing would happen I would have gone to the doctor Thursday. I know your page is not a medical page but just an informational site but I would suggest you add in a spot about an extended erection being dangerous. I don't know what is going to happen to my clitoris it is getting painful again and is darkling. I hope I don't lose it as it is the only spot that feels good.

Answer: This sounds very unusual. I hope you have consulted a doctor. For pus to form there has to be a foreign body that your immune system is attacking, on the microscopic or not so microscopic level. That is an infection caused by bacteria or a foreign object. Localized irritation may cause it but usually it only results in redness, swelling, and discomfort.

Did the substance by chance come out from under your clitoral hood? If so, it could have been trapped sebum, smegma. It is also possible to have a yeast infection that affects only the clitoris, because the hood can create a suitable environment.

I believe the sustained clitoral erection was the result of the irritation rather than the root cause of the discomfort and discharge.

The warm water of the bath may have softened or provided the lubrication necessary for the body to expel the foreign material.

Smegma is addressed on the page about Clitoral Adhesions and yeast infections on the page about Vaginitis.

This experience demonstrates the need for routine self vulvar exams. More can be learn about vulvar self exams on the following web pages:

Vaginal Self-Examination (VSE)

http://www.fwhc.org/health/selfcare.htm