Is there a need to clean the clitoris, and how should it be done?
Typically speaking, there is no need to clean the clitoris beyond the basic genital hygiene practice. However, women often find ‘stuff’ accumulating under the clitoral hood that is bothersome, and which may at times cause irritation: dry skin, dried up lotion, residue of topical medication/s, genital powder, etc.
If you want to clean it beyond the just-rinse-the-area method, take a bath: add a few drops of baby oil to the water and let the warm, oily water take care of it. Make sure to place a towel at the bottom of the tub to avoid slipping.
If you need to go one step farther, dip a Q-tip in baby oil or in Aquaphor healing ointment and VERY GENTLY swipe under the clitoral hood. Be cautioned to not force it and not to rub hard — you want to avoid injury to this sensitive area.
Still bothered by it? Can’t clean it? Ask your OBGYN provider to help.