Smegma lubricant by Ray Sahelian, M.D.
Smegma lubricates the cavity between the foreskin of
the penis and the glans, thus allowing smooth movement between them during
intercourse. The glands that make smegma reach their largest size and greatest
number in men between ages 20 and 45. Thereafter, these glands shrink until, in
elderly men, they can hardly be detected.
Smegma has antibacterial and antiviral properties keep the penis clean and healthy.
Q. I am 70 yrs old, uncircumcised and have not produced smegma for a long, long time which is normal as the body ages. However, after 1 to 1/2 weeks of taking Prostate Power Rx, I started producing smegma again. I took 1 capsule per day for 6 days out of 7. At first I couldn't figure out what I had changed that might have caused this but then related it back to this product. I continued the product for another week and the smegma continued. To test that Prostate Power Rx was causing this I stopped taking it for 1 week and the smegma production was reduced and finally stopped. I am now taking the product again to see if the production starts again. Can you tell me what ingredient might have triggered these glands to become active again? I have taken 'Saw Palmetto' for years, usually about 340 mg per day, so I wouldn't think that just an increase in mg of this would cause this. I'm not alarmed by this development but really more curious to find out your opinion on this smegma phenomena.
A. This is interesting. We don't know which of the herbs, or perhaps the combination, increased the smegma production. There are small glands in the prepuce of the uncircumcised penis that produce smegma, and perhaps one of the herbs, or the combination, is stimulating these glands or perhaps the herbs are stimulating certain hormone secreting centers in the brain that are involved in stimulating the glands that make smegma.
I am a 23 year old male, and I have an uncircumcised
penis. Recently I noticed my penis stopped producing smegma. Is this a sign of a
disease or disorder?
It's difficult to say without a full examination and evaluation but it is rare to have any such problems in a healthy 23 year old.