Pent up in an area that gets a lot of moisture and not a ton of ventilation, male organs often carry a smell. But if that smell has changed or gotten more pungent, it may be a sign there’s something foul afoot. Most reasons for member odor can be treated easily and all can be prevented. Let’s learn a little about the most common causes of male organ smell and how to prevent funky smells from invading the area. |
Smegma brings the funk like nothing else and is generally the first thing that pops into mind when the subject of male organ smell comes up. Smegma is the buildup of moisture, oils, and skin cells around the shaft of the member and under the foreskin in uncircumcised men. When it builds up, it can manifest as a chunky, off-white paste which leads to infection and inflammation.
The best way to combat smegma is a thorough washing. Using a gentle cleanser and warm water, retract the skin from the foreskin and delicately wash the area. Then rinse thoroughly and pat dry with a soft towel. Repeat daily until smegma disappears.
If foreskin won’t retract or the inflammation and irritation doesn’t subside, see a medical professional.
#2. Yeast infection or Thrush
Yeast infections occur when Candida fungus on the member grows out of control. This overgrowth gives the male organ a moldy smell. Yeast infections can also include redness, itching, burning, and white chunky discharge. It can be caused by lax hygiene or be contracted from a partner.
Men having these symptoms will need to see a doctor for diagnosis and medication. The most common medication prescribed is Diflucan.
#3: “The Clam”
This is a Partner Transmitted Infection (PTI) which is contracted by having relations with someone who’s already infected. It is a tricky one, because it doesn’t always cause symptoms but, in some cases, people experience member odor, a burning sensation during urination, discharge, and swelling.
Treatment requires a trip to the doctor for an antibiotic. Treatment can take seven days so be sure to refrain from intimate contact while undergoing diagnosis and treatment.
#4: "The Clap”
This is also an PTI and is spread through intimate contact with the Female canal, back, or mouth of an infected partner. Like the “clam,” it doesn’t always present symptoms; however, for those who are symptomatic a member odor presents as well as a burning feeling when urinating, soreness, bleeding, itching, pain while defecating, and green, yellow, or white discharge.
Treatment for this disease also requires a doctor’s visit for diagnosis and treatment. The most common method of treatment is an injection and a round of oral medications. The course of treatment runs at least seven days, so refrain from intimate contact while being diagnosed and treated.
#5: Non-gonococcal urethritis
Non-gonococcal urethritis (NGU) happens when the urethra gets inflamed. It’s called “non-gonococcal” because it is caused by something other than gonorrhea. Symptoms include a sour odor, soreness, and irritation at the tip of the male organ, cloudy discharge from the male organ, and a burning sensation when urinating.
It’s important to seek medical treatment immediately as NGU can lead to infertility when untreated. A doctor will prescribe antibiotics to fight the infection and the normal treatment time is seven days. Since NGU is able to be spread through intimate contact, refrain from intimacy during diagnosis and treatment.
How to Prevent Male Organ Smell
There are a few ways to prevent member odor from ruining a romantic night or leading to more serious medical issues.
- Cleanse the male organ regularly – daily is preferred but be sure to bathe after intimacy and working out as well, in addition to any extra sweaty days. - Wear loose, cotton underwear to give the private area a more breathable environment. - Sleep in the nude to give the private area circulation. - Keep hair trimmed, as longer hair can retain smells and hold in dirt, moisture, and bacteria. - Practice safe intimacy by using latex barriers and having frank discussions about sensual history and health prior to having intimate contact. - Use a specially formulated male organ health creme (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which has been clinically proven safe and mild for skin) daily in the private area. These crèmes are created especially for the area and contain key nutrients to not only hydrate the member but also reduce bacteria and promote cellular function.
Visit www.menshealthfirst.com for more information about treating common male organ health problems, including soreness, redness and loss of male organ sensation. John Dugan is a professional writer who specializes in men's health issues and is an ongoing contributing writer to numerous online web sites.
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