Penis health

  • By Team TDO

Here’s a quick one on how to go about doing the good work

  1. The function of penis is primarily passing urine and intercourse. So from the hygiene point of view it becomes imperative that the penis, testicles and scrotum should be washed regularly with mild soap and toweled dry to keep out any odor causing bacteria.
  2. The foreskin should pull back to expose the glans or it can cause bleeding while having sexual intercourse. The foreskin is that protective sheath around the glans. It appears a simple task to pull the foreskin back about a quarter of an inch. But it is difficult. So for those men whose foreskin isn’t exactly the ‘spirit of co-operation’. Soap and lubrication can ease the way down. Try it slowly and gently over a few days and then ease down with practice.
  3. It is important to slide the foreskin back while bathing to wash off the ‘smegma’, sticky substance that tends to accumulate there. Don’t wear underwear which is too tight or it may restrict the blood flow to the penis. Besides that is not very good from the point of view of the quality of sperm generated by the testicles. ‘It's really surprising how many men don't clean underneath their foreskin', says Patrick French, sexual health expert.
  4. A penis, for once, isn’t a muscle and you could do some serious damage in trying to bend it. Secondly, it is meant to have erections so there is nothing abnormal about that. The penis has no bones in them but don’t ever try to apply strength and/or fold your penis away. It is like a tube with blood vessels which fill up and give an erection. If you were to rough handle the penis by twisting it violently it can actually cause the vessels to rupture and cause a swelling which can be painful.

Do not ignore any swellings, lacerations or spots on the penis as they could be symptoms of sexual disease or infection. Even circumcised men should wash under the glans regularly.