Keeping Your Penis HealthyObviously, the penis is one of the most vital organs… and there are some serious health complications due to a lack of care down there! And we aren’t talking just about STIs. There is so much more that goes into the well-being of your member. We’ve compiled this piece to give you a simplified rundown on how to maintain your penis health!
What are the effects of your penis health?Your ability to maintain an erection, ejaculate and be fertile. Your penis health can also allude to an underlying health condition. Or more commonly, the effects can negatively impact your self-esteem, relationship or stress levels.
What Factors Impact Your Penis Health
AgeHow old you are can have is a huge impact on the functionality of your penis. As you age, it is more likely, and widely common to experience some form of erectile dysfunction. Did you know up to 50% of men between the ages of 40–65 have differing levels of issues with erectile dysfunction? It’s only natural due to the decline of testosterone levels as you age.
SexUnprotected sex increases your chance of contracting an STI, if you are having sex without a condom, it is essential you and your partner/s are tested for any STIs. Rough sex can also have a negative impact on your penis health, such as abruptly pulling back the foreskin. Or bending an erect penis, which can cause a penile fracture (ouch!)
MedicationSome medications can cause erectile dysfunction as a side effect. Medications include antihistamines, antidepressants, Parkinson’s disease drugs or muscle relaxants. If you are concerned about experiencing ED from your medication, it’s an important conversation to bring up with your doctor.
HygienePractising good hygiene is the cornerstone of penis health! This is done by regularly and thoroughly cleaning your groin area. We will go into more detail about this.
What happens to an unwashed penis?Failing to do so can cause a build-up of smegma, an oily substance that appears in the folds of the foreskin. Don’t worry, smegma is normal! Some people with oilier skin will produce a bit more, but too much can create a smell. If it starts to smell, a more thorough clean will be needed. If it builds up too much, it can cause inflammation to the adjacent skin and can lead to balanitis, a condition where the tip of the penis becomes red and inflamed.
How to Wash Your PenisGently separating your foreskin from the glans, clean the area underneath the foreskin with soap and water. And rinse! When it comes to soap, a gentle, non-irritating cleanser works best. And you don’t need too much! You just want to clean the area from any bacteria and build up, not strip the skin of its natural oils. After washing, return the foreskin to the normal position. Simple as that! When drying off, again pull back the foreskin to dry the tip of the penis and pull it back once towelled off.
How else to look after your penis?As any doctor will tell you, the key to maintaining particular organ health is a holistic approach. This is taking care of your whole body! How? You guessed it, a healthy, well-rounded diet and regular exercise.
Eating A Balanced DietKeeping a well-balanced diet will arm you with the nutrients from the inside out to maintain libido. A healthy diet can also increase sperm count, reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease, both of which can cause ED. Want to know the best foods for penis health? We’ve got you covered.
- Bok Choy