Sexual Supplement

Keeping your penis clean

Indeed, making certain that the area around the genitals is washed regularly is vital in preventing a build up of smegma or sweat from making the pubic region smell.

Making sure everything stays clean is good for you and your partner

What's more, given that a poorly maintained penis can make your partner feel uncomfortable, ensuring that everything is clean can improve your experience in the bedroom and avoid the growth of any skin infections.

One of the first things to remember is to wash inside the foreskin, as failing to do so can allow a build up of smegma which can smell and also serve as a breeding ground for bacteria. Failing to clean this properly can result in redness and swelling of the head of the penis.

Men are advised to carry out this process each day, using warm water when they are either in the bath or the shower to keep the area around the foreskin clean - even if they're circumcised.

However, it's important to realise that using too much soap or shower gel on a regular basis can cause soreness, so mild or non-perfumed soaps and warm water are the safest bet to reduce the risk of skin irritation.

It's also worth remembering that this approach should be applied to the testicles and the wider pubic area in general, as sweat can collect in the hair and produce an unpleasant odour - much like it does under the armpits - especially when you consider that the region is enclosed by underwear all day.

For parents bathing babies or young boys, there is no need to wash under the foreskin as in many cases it might still be attached to the head of their penis. It is only as boys get older that they need to be encouraged to adopt such a habit.

Lastly, checking for lumps once a month while washing your penis is a good idea in order to check for any potential signs of testicular cancer.