Maintain A Clean & Healthy Penis
When most people think about penis health, they think about sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or erectile dysfunction (ED). While these conditions can certainly affect the health of your penis, penile health is about so much more than that.
There are many different things that can affect the health of your penis, including your hygiene practices, lifestyle changes, and any underlying health conditions.
What determines if your penis is healthy?
- If the man can get and maintain an erection.
- If he can urinate comfortably
- His fertility
- No STI’s
- No Penile Cancer
Routinely examining your penis can give you greater awareness of the condition of your penis and help you detect changes. Regular checkups also can help ensure that problems affecting your penis are diagnosed as soon as possible.
How To Keep An Healthy Penis?
- Be sexually responsible. Use condoms or maintain a mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who’s been tested and is free of sexually transmitted infections.
- Get vaccinated. If you’re age 26 or younger, consider the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to help prevent cancers associated with the virus.
- Stay physically active. Moderate physical activity can significantly reduce your risk of erectile dysfunction.
- Make healthy choices. Maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce the risk of developing high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and other risk factors for erectile dysfunction.
- Practice good hygiene. If you’re not circumcised, regularly clean beneath your foreskin with soap and water. Be sure to return your foreskin to its normal position after sex.
- Know your medications. Discuss medication use and possible side effects with your doctor.
- Pay attention to your mental health. Seek treatment for depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions.
- Stop smoking and limit the amount of alcohol you drink. If you smoke, quit. If you need help quitting, talk to your doctor. If you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation. For healthy adults, that means up to one drink a day for women of all ages and men older than age 65, and up to two drinks a day for men age 65 and younger.
Your groin might naturally smell a little like sweat, as it’s common to sweat in that area. This smell can be reduced through daily washing. However, the smell shouldn’t be pungent. An unpleasant-smelling penis could indicate that you have a condition such as:
- yeast infection
If the smell doesn’t clear with careful washing, see a doctor for diagnosis.
How to Keep The Penis Clean
Practicing good hygiene is essential for your health. Poor hygiene can cause a build-up of smegma, an oily, malodorous, and irritating substance that is known to occur below the foreskin.
If smegma builds up, it can cause inflammation to the adjacent skin. This can be uncomfortable and can be a cause balanitis, a condition where the head of the penis becomes red and inflamed.
Even with a circumcised penis, less than ideal hygiene can lead to penile irritation and inflammation, including balanitis.
Carefully pull back and clean underneath the foreskin, as well as the tip of your penis using only water and a bar of very gentle soap. Don’t scrub this sensitive area. Wash the scrotum under the penis gently any time you shower. You should shower at least once a day with warm water. Warm water helps dissolves substances that may block the veins in your penis.
The scrotal area is an area you should close attention to. This area gets very sweaty. Sweat when left unwashed can mess up with the health of your penis. Wash your perineum (the piece of skin between your scrotum and anus). Don’t forget to wash near your anus and between your butt cheeks.
Dry the penis completely before placing on your underwear. This is especially important for men who aren’t circumcised. Make sure you gently pat dry the tip of your penis, the area underneath your foreskin and the rest of your penis. Replace the foreskin over the tip of the penis before putting on your underwear.
Change your boxers as frequently as you can because dirty boxers can give your penis a permanent bad smell. Make sure your underwear has been properly washed, thoroughly rinsed and fully dried before wearing. Damp underwear stink.
Make sure you wash your hands before you pass urine or touch your penis. This is especially important if you have been handling anything that might irritate your penis, such as chemicals, chili peppers or heat rub.
Some people like grooming their pubic hair, while others don’t. Whether you groom your pubic hair or not is your decision. Leaving too much hair around the penis is not recommended. During sex,the hair can cause cuts around the vaginal organs and condoms. Also, hair around the base of the penis can be breeding ground for boils and cause bad odor.
If you’d like to remove or trim your pubic hair, keep your skin type in mind. This will help you avoid razor burn and other discomfort.
If you notice any boils or any other infection, seek medical attention right away.
If you don’t want to remove the hair entirely, you can trim it with a pair of scissors or electric trimmer.
Be sure to disinfect scissors before and after use. You should only use these scissors for grooming — using them for other tasks can spread germs.
Shaving is a painless way to remove hair. It’s important to take certain precautions to avoid getting a rash.
Shave in the same direction that your hair grows. Use shaving cream while shaving and apply cortisone cream after to reduce irritation.
Never share razors with anybody else, and disinfect yours before use. If you use disposable razors, replace them every so often.
Practice Pelvic Floor Exercises
Pelvic floor exercises are often associated with vaginal health, but they can be helpful for everyone. These exercises can improve your ability to get and maintain an erection, as well as prevent dribble after urination.
A small 2005 study on 55 people with ED found that pelvic exercises helped 40 percent of participants regain normal erectile function. An additional 35.5 percent reported that, although they hadn’t completely regained normal function, their overall erectile function did improve.
You can do basic Kegel exercises by squeezing the muscles you use to urinate. Squeeze for five seconds, relax, and repeat for 10 rounds. Eventually, work your way up to 20 reps. Do this two or three times per day.
Broken Or Fractured Penis
Although the penis doesn’t have bones in it, the term “penis fracture” is often used to refer to a penis injury where the lining inside becomes torn. This is often caused by rough sex.
If you fracture your penis, it will turn black and blue, flatten, and it may make a popping noise. This is considered a medical emergency and requires immediate attention.
It’s normal for your penis to curve slightly, but if you have a significant bend and pain in your penis when it’s erect, you could have Peyronie’s disease. This condition can cause some discomfort. It’s often caused by a traumatic injury.
If you’re concerned that you may have Peyronie’s, see a doctor or other healthcare provider.
Seek Healthcare Professional
Ideally, you should see a doctor once a year for a penile check-up.
Otherwise, you should seek medical attention if you experience:
- bruises on the penis
- yellow, green, or otherwise unusual penile discharge
- swelling or inflammation of the penis
- blisters, rashes, warts, or sores on or near your penis
- burning, pain, or bleeding when you urinate or ejaculate
- pain during sex
- pain during an erection
- difficulty getting or maintaining an erection
Check your groin for signs of infections and other conditions regularly.
If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to speak to a healthcare provider. They can help set your mind at ease and advise you on any next steps.