Compliance with the rules of intimate hygiene is directly related to the health of the male reproductive and reproductive system. It is absolutely proved that men, distinguished by their cleanliness of the genitals, are less likely to suffer from diseases of the sexual sphere, as well as circumcised men (see Fig. 1).
Fig. 1 - Risk of cancer of the penis.
Why not leave unattended hygiene?
Every man has places where germs and fungi are very fond of living. The main condition for their successful life and reproduction is heat and moisture. The head of the penis is covered with skin, the so-called foreskin. This place can become a “comfortable home” for many microbes, since it fully corresponds to the living conditions of the “tenants”.
In addition to appropriate habitat, bacteria and fungi need food. Smegma secreted by the skin is an excellent food for microorganisms and contributes to their rapid spread. Smegma acts as a lubricant separating the head and the foreskin, and its complete absence is also undesirable, as is the excessive presence. In accordance with this, we define the basic rules for the care of intimate areas.
5 rules of intimate hygiene for every man
1. Daily water treatments
Shower with active cleansing of the head and foreskin must be taken every day. It is not necessary to use soap and other means every time to keep the genitals clean, in most cases you can do with a simple shower with active cleansing movements. However, from time to time it is better to use hygiene products for deeper cleansing.
2. Do not forget about changing clothes
Ideally, after each water treatment, you need to change your laundry to fresh. Otherwise, you risk bringing back the microbes that are present on the fabric. In extreme cases, this period should not exceed 2 days.
3. We select the laundry correctly.
A prerequisite for male health is to maintain an optimal microclimate of the groin area. The increased temperature in this area, in addition to the deterioration of the functions of the testes for the production of sex hormones and spermatozoa, contributes to the active reproduction of bacteria and fungi (one of the conditions is a humid environment). For these reasons, men's underwear should be :
- spacious, that is, not to squeeze or press the testicles to the body, but to provide them with a free hang;
- from a "breathable" material (cotton), but not from synthetics.
4. Hygiene after sex
Separately, it is necessary to allocate hygiene directly after sexual intercourse, since in this case there are a lot of foreign microorganisms and biological secretions on the penis that have potential danger. Even if the sexual partner is completely healthy (and one can never be sure of this), there is a risk that the male body will perceive the female epithelium as alien objects (even in the absence of pathogenic bacteria) and will begin an active fight against them.
Here are some more recommendations regarding sexual relations:
- do not practice unprotected sex during menstruation, but it is better to abstain from sex at all at this time;
- do not practice unprotected sex with casual partners (see “Sexual unrest and health of a man” );
- if your regular companion has thrush, use condoms;
- use condoms as often as possible.
5. Do not overdo it with hygiene!
This statement may seem strange, but everywhere you need to know when to stop. Why is that? The fact is that our body is constantly in contact with foreign particles, whether we like it or not. Every time our immune system learns to live and neutralize foreign interference - this is a prerequisite for its training. Depriving it of any irritants, the defenses of a person weaken, become less adaptive to the environment. As a result, any external irritation can be a strong shock, with which the body can not cope.
Radical methods of intimate hygiene
Touching on the subject of intimate hygiene of men, it is impossible not to mention such a radical method as circumcision . This surgical operation was practiced long before our era, in various religious rituals and initiation rituals associated with the transition of the boy into adulthood. And although, according to scientists, this procedure had nothing to do with hygiene, it played a positive role in the sexual health of men of that time: the warm climate, the lack of hygiene and contraception conditions all contributed to the spread of sexual diseases.
Today, circumcision does not often have medical indications and is performed, in most cases, for religious purposes. However, the operation is also popular with men whose religious beliefs do not require its implementation. Basically, men go for surgery because of certain advantages that circumcision provides , for example, reducing the risk of developing skin diseases, inflammations and cancer of the penis.