Your penis is probably very important to you, that is why it’s important to treat it with the care and respect it deserves. Everyone knows how important condoms are in intimate situations, but not everyone realizes that there’s more to caring for your penis than just remembering to wrap it. In this article we will cover some tips on how to properly care for your member.
Grooming Your “Friend”
For some men, grooming their genitals is a normal part of caring for their penis, while for others is it’s not even something they consider. Trimming or removing pubic hair has some great benefits, but it also has some drawbacks. Here are the pros and cons of grooming your “friend”:
• It reduces moisture
• It can increase sensitivity during intercourse.
• It makes it easier to examine and clean your private area.
• It can make your member look bigger.
• Requires effort and time.
• Depending on the type of hair removal you choose, it can be painful.
• It can be expensive to regularly shave or wax.
• You might have to deal with irritation or ingrown hairs.
• It can cause an infection.
Many women find “manscaped” men sexy and some even find the idea of shaving a man erotic. However, you should be aware that waxing and shaving may cause irritation or pseudofolliculitis (ingrown hairs). Unfortunately, that can cause viral infections to spread, such as molloscum contagiosum or even genital herpes. Shaving can also cause the spread bacterial infections, especially if you are sharing your razors with someone else. All of that is actually unhealthy for your penis. That is why we suggest simply trimming your pubic hair with an electric razor. You can use an attachment to keep it from cutting the hair too short and of course keep it from cutting your scrotum.
Washing Your Member Regularly
Your penis is a sensitive organ, a point that should always be considered when showering. For some weird reason, some men find the need to scrub their members vigorously with strong soaps to keep them clean. The truth is, scrubbing hard can actually hurt your penis. Instead, wash it gently with warm water and a mild soap. If you’re uncircumcised you should slide your foreskin back and lightly rinse the exposed area with warm water and only use a mild soap every other day. Be sure to dry the area well by patting (not scrubbing) it dry. Washing too often and not washing enough have both been associated with causing balanitis. Balanitis is inflammation on the penis or on the head of the penis. If you begin to notice irritation avoid using body gels or scented soaps, simply rinse with warm water. You can also rinse your penis using warm salt water, but do not scrub! Laundry detergents and clothing dies can sometimes cause irritation as well. If you notice irritation try to determine what is causing it, if it persists, visit your doctor.
Men (especially those who are sexually active) should regularly perform self-exams in order to check themselves for STD infections or testicular cancer. Checking about once a month should be enough to keep your member healthy.
The American Cancer Society advises men to do the following, once a month after taking a shower:
• Examine both testicles, one at a time.
• Using both of your hands, hold your testicle between your thumbs and your fingers. Roll the testicle gently.
• When you are examining your testes you should keep a look out for hard lumps, significant changes in shape, size, or consistency.
• Keep in mind that you have blood vessels and a spermatic cord that comes out from the testicles, don’t mistake those for cancer.
Regularly examining your testicles not only helps you identify testicular cancer early, it also gives you an opportunity to look at your testicles and penis for any signs of STIs.
Self-examinations are an excellent way of identifying STIs that have prominent symptoms. Unfortunately, STIs like Chlamydia can infect without showing any infections. That is why it’s important that you are open with your sexual partner and communicate effectively.
The American Academy of Family Physicians points out some of the symptoms you should be looking out for:
• Discharge of any type
• Foul odor or strange color semen.
• Pain during intercourse or when ejaculating.
• Pain when urinating or in the pelvic area.
• Chancre sores.
• Blisters, sores, or bumps.
• Cauliflower-like warts in the genital area.
Don’t panic if you identify something unusual. Finding little papules around the head of your penis is normal, as are pimples and irritation caused by shaving. If you’re not sure what you have identified, you can always visit your doctor and have him or her take a look at it.
Men, especially those who are over 40 years old, should visit their urologist regularly. Your urologist can regularly check your prostate and can help keep your sexual health in check. If you’re having erectile dysfunction your urologist can do blood tests and check your hormones to see if you have low testosterone and need a testosterone replacement.
Whether you like it or not you and your penis are stuck together for the rest of your life. Because your penis is used both for pleasure and to procreate it needs proper care. Take good care of your “friend” and you’ll enjoy the benefits, as will your partner!