Problems with the penis or the testes can be a sign of an underlying condition. Unfortunately, many men tend to ignore these signs because they are embarrassed.
It’s the simplest: while having a bath, it is important to wash the penis. Pull back the foreskin, if you have one, and clean underneath.
If this area isn't washed properly, a substance called smegma – a natural lubricant for the penis – begins to gather in the area, and can become a breeding ground for bacteria.
Every man should check his testes regularly. The instructions are simple – roll a testicle between your fingers using both hands, and feel for any lumps.
Men need to conduct this exam regularly to notice if there are any changes. They could be a symptom of a wide range of diseases, including testicular cancer.
Every man should conduct this self-exam at least once a month.
Sexually transmitted diseases can be invisible. You may not know that you have one. The most common STD is chlamydia, which can result in pain while urinating and swollen testicles. Another one is genital herpes, which can cause bumps or sores in the genital area.
The best prevention for STDs is having protected sex.
Many men groom their groin.
However, it is essential to do it properly and carefully, especially along the scrotum. A small cut, apart from being painful, can also invite a host of bacteria or other microbes which can go on to result in an infection down there.
A healthy lifestyle is the key to a healthy penis. Erections and orgasms can be affected by a number of factors – obesity, smoking, excessive drinking of alcohol and stress. Regular exercise and a good night’s sleep also helps keep the penis functioning properly.
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