MEN’S HEALTH: HOW TO CLEAN YOUR PENIS

HEALTH & NUTRITION 214

Most Africans shy away from discussing publicly issues relating to sex and sexual organs as it is considered a taboo but all that is in the past as we must break certain customs and traditions to move better forward.

Also emphasis and focus has been placed on the girl child education and welfare living the boy child uneducated and vulnerable to future misinformation and educationally disabled.

I believe you get that. Now let’s talk about the penis, a principal tool in the procreation process.

In fact what makes a man is his penis. No penis no man. No penis no pleasure. No penis no offspring. So to be a total nan, you must know how to care for this weapon of destruction or weapon of joy and peace.

I did a research online and I have reproduced the best of my search from www.wikihow.com. Feature Photo Credit: gqmagine.co.uk.

The information provides guides first to circumcised men then to the uncircumcised.

Happy reading.

How to Clean Your Penis

Irritation, infections, and unpleasant odors are just a few of the health conditions that can occur if you fail to maintain good hygiene habits for your penis and sexual health. Cleaning your penis after sex can also help reduce your chances of contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Hygiene practices will be slightly different between circumcised and uncircumcised men, but both are essentially similar. Learning how to properly clean your penis can help you maintain optimal health and cleanliness.

Method One of Two:
Cleaning an Uncircumcised Penis

  1. 1
    Choose a mild soap. Many soaps contain perfumes that may irritate sensitive skin, and some contain cleaning agents too harsh for use on the genitals. For best results, choose a mild, unscented soap meant for use on the body (in other words, do not choose hand soap).

    • If you have sensitive skin, ask your doctor or dermatologist about choosing a soap that’s right for you.
  2. 2
    Take a shower or bath. Use warm water, rather than hot water, to avoid burning or irritating your genitals and the rest of your body. Shower as you normally would, washing all over with warm water and the mild, unscented soap you’ve chosen.
  3. 3
    Wash the penis. Lather up your choice of mild, unscented soap between your hands, and apply it to the testicles and shaft of the penis. The key thing to remember with an uncircumcised penis is to wash under the foreskin.

    • Gently pull the foreskin back as far as it will go. Do not force the foreskin past its natural point, as this may damage the penis and cause scar tissue to develop.
    • Apply soap under the foreskin, and thoroughly rinse away all the soap and any debris that may have collected.
    • Return the foreskin back to its natural position.
  4. 4
    Keep it clean. Personal hygiene is important, but doctors warn against over-washing the penis. Washing too frequently, especially with soap or shower gel, can cause soreness and irritation. You should also thoroughly dry the penis after showering. If you use talc or body powder on your testicles, resist the urge to powder the penis. If talc gets under the foreskin, it can cause irritation and discomfort.

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    • If you use talc powder, you may want to switch to a cornstarch-based powder instead. There may be a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer in women— so if you have vaginal sex with a woman and have talc powder on your penis, you may be putting her at risk.
  5. 5
    Understand foreskin care. With proper care and hygiene, having an uncircumcised penis does not present any significant health problems; however, failure to clean under the foreskin can cause a buildup of oils and debris, called “smegma.” Other common foreskin problems include:
    • inflammation, usually caused by forced retraction and irritants like harsh or perfumed soap
    • infection, such as posthitis and balanitis, typically caused by poor hygiene and unwashed smegma build-up[14]

Method Two of Two:
Washing a Circumcised Penis

  1. 1
    Use a mild soap. Even without foreskin, you’ll want to ensure that you use a soap that won’t irritate your penis. Opt for a soap or body wash that is mild and fragrance-free.[15]

    • Ask your doctor or dermatologist about choosing a soap that won’t irritate your skin.
  2. 2
    Take a shower. Once again, it’s important to choose a water temperature that won’t scald or irritate your skin. Aim for warm (but not hot) water, and wash with soap all over your body like you normally would.
  3. 3
    Wash the penis. Lather your mild, unscented soap well between your hands. Apply it to the testicles, the base and shaft of the penis, and under the head of the penis. Even without foreskin, it’s important to properly wash under the head of the penis, as sweat, bacteria, and debris can still accumulate there.

    • In the absence of foreskin, all you have to do is lather the penis and thoroughly rinse away the soap under the shower or in the bathtub.
    • Be sure to thoroughly dry the penis after showering or bathing. Without foreskin, it’s technically safe to apply talc or body powder, but you should still exercise caution to avoid getting talc in the urethra or causing skin irritations.

Community Q&A

  • What can cause testicular pain?

    • The most severe cause of testicular pain is testicular torsion. This is an abrupt, sharp, “worst pain of your life” feeling that occurs hours after exercise or trauma. If this is the case, you need to be seen immediately by a doctor for an ultrasound of the testes.
  • Can I use face wash to clean my penis?

    • Facial washes can be harsh. I would use a gentle cleanser to clean your glans penis.
  • Is it safe to touch my penis?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • Of course. It’s just like any part of your body. Just don’t yank it or do anything harsh.
  • Is it safe to use coconut oil to massage my penis?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • Yes, it is safe to use coconut oil as a personal lubricant.
  • Which type of mild soap can I use to clean my penis?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • Dove unscented is a good option.
  • Is masturbating dangerous at all?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • No, masturbation is not harmful in any way. If you are experiencing pain and/or irritation you should take a break and if it consists, contact a medical professional.
  • Can I use shampoo on my penis?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • No! Your penis is sensitive to shampoo, unless shampoo is very diluted and unscented.
  • Do I really need soap if I am circumcised?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • Definitely wash with soap regularly, whether circumcised or uncircumcised.
  • I have spots on my penis. Is it from masturbation?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • No, masturbation is normal and causes no issues. The spots are probably just genetic. If they weren’t there before and they appeared recently you should probably see a doctor.
  • Can I use dove to clean my penis?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • Yes. Just make sure it’s unscented and that it won’t hurt your skin with any strong chemicals.

Tips

  • Wash your penis and urinate as soon as possible after engaging in sexual intercourse. This may help reduce the risk for infection by washing away germs before they can infect the body.

  • If you’re unable to take a shower due to traveling, work schedule, or personal preference, take a moment to clean your penis at least once per day using a baby wipe or warm washcloth to reduce the buildup of bacteria.

  • If you have an uncircumcised penis, pull back the foreskin during bathing to look for signs of smegma buildup. Smegma is a natural lubricant your body produces to help keep your penis moist, but can take on a cheesy-looking appearance if you practice poor hygiene habits. If you notice smegma buildup under your foreskin, you may need to wash your penis more frequently.

Warnings

  • Do not clean the inside of the foreskin on young boys or infants who are uncircumcised. In many cases, the foreskin may not be fully retracted as a result of remaining attached to the head of the penis. Pulling back the foreskin to clean the penis could result in pain and damage to these areas.

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