MEN: How To Keep It Clean…Down There

down thereMen talk about it, brag about theirs and compare it to others. It’s probably one of the most talked about body parts along with breasts and vagina, but it’s also probably the most neglected when it comes to hygiene. As a matter of fact, a national poll was taken in 2015 on a popular dating app about this same subject. According to the poll results, 53% of women were dissatisfied/highly dissatisfied with the male partner’s hygiene down there.

Men, give your penis the care it deserves. You’ll find out that you won’t be the only one to benefit – your partner will  be grateful too. Here’s how:

ONE: Don’t Forget Underneath
Gently wash the penis with warm water each day when you’re having a shower or bath. If you have a foreskin, pull it back gently and wash underneath.

If you don’t wash underneath the foreskin correctly, a cheesy-looking substance called smegma may begin to gather. Smegma is a natural lubricant that keeps the penis moist. It’s found on the head of the penis and under the foreskin. If smegma builds up in the foreskin, it can start to smell, stop you easily pulling your foreskin back and become a breeding ground for bacteria. This can cause redness and swelling of the head of your penis, called balanitis.

READ: Women, Here’s How To Keep Your Private Parts Healthy

If you have a foreskin, pull it back gently and wash underneath. Don’t try to forcefully pull back the foreskin of a baby or young boy as this could be painful and cause harm. Their foreskin might still be attached to the head of the penis and will therefore not retract fully. At this stage of their development, there’s no need to clean inside the foreskin.

Gently wash the penis with warm water each day when you’re having a shower or bath.

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TWO: Stop Washing Too Much
While regular personal hygiene is important, too much washing with soap and shower gels can cause soreness. Gently washing your penis once a day with warm water is sufficient to maintain good hygiene. If you want to use soap,…