Men’s Genital Hygiene
Washing, shaving and brushing your teeth: these three things seem to be all a man needs to do to be clean. Specialists notice that men are less likely to take care of their genital hygiene than women. Without sufficient genital hygiene, you are putting yourself at risk of diseases and functional disorders, or at the very least, unpleasant smell. Therefore, it is important to inculcate the correct hygiene skills to boys from their early childhood.
Meeting hygiene requirements reduces the risk of genital diseases. Everyone should take care of the hygiene of their genitals, starting from early childhood.
The hygiene of the penis is a very subtle and important topic. It also includes the way of urinating. It is advisable to squeeze the penis to its base right after urinating, in order to remove any residue of urine and keep clean underwear. Every man must determine for himself how strongly he should squeeze. If squeezing is not enough, use toilet paper or paper tissues to thoroughly clean the penis. The remaining urine residue, while neutral at first, after a while becomes a favorable environment for bacteria and causes unpleasant odor.
During the day the penis accumulates smegma and urine residue, which form a sticky layer on the penis head. Smegma is the mix of foreskin sebaceous gland secretions, skin and semen residue. If not removed in time, it may get under the foreskin and start building up, disintegrating and causing an unpleasant odor and itch, which can lead to inflammation of the foreskin. When washing the genitals, it is necessary to wash with warm water and soap. As the layer of smegma is built up from fat cells, only cold water without soap is not able to remove it. Therefore, you should always use soap or a special genital hygiene cleanser. Be careful when using aromatic soaps as some of them may irritate the skin. When you wash your penis, push back the foreskin and wash the penis head.
Scrotum should only be washed with cool water as hot water is harmful for testicles. Too high temperature disrupts the appearance of spermatozoa. Testicular temperature should be 4 degrees lower than the whole body temperature; it is advisable to avoid anything that might directly or indirectly cause overheating of the testicles. It has been proven that only one time in hot bath impairs the man’s ability to fertilize for the next 6 months. Prolonged sitting may result in overheating as well. Therefore, it is advisable for men working in sedentary jobs to take short breaks at work: stand up and walk around from time to time. In order to avoid testicular overheating during long car rides, special air-conducting car seat linen should be used. Very tight clothing is harmful for testicles, too.
Teens need to know about proper genital hygiene after wet-dreams and masturbation. As shy teenagers tend to avoid discussing their sexuality with parents, every parent should take initiative and explain their children what is happening to their bodies.
Genital hygiene includes perineal cleanliness. After every bowel movement, you should use soft toilet paper or water. Wipe away from the genitals rather than towards them. This helps to avoid getting germs onto the penis.
Underwear should be changed daily. Best if they are loose, cotton, moisture- absorbent and do not inhibit air circulation. Tight synthetic underpants do not allow body ventilation, consequently causing skin rashes and exposing testicles to the risk of overheating.
Genital hygiene is a great part of a modern man. Not only is it important for the health of a man but his partner and their relationship as well.