Hygiene details for men
The foreskin is a loose fold of skin that holds the glans. During erection, the foreskin slides back. The foreskin protects the penis, ensures that there are no bacteria in the glans and makes the glans less sensitive. In men who are circumcised, the foreskin is removed. The reason is that in cultures where men are circumcised, it is thought that the removal of the foreskin to the glans is more hygienic because in this way no dirt between the foreskin and glans can build up. In young boys, the foreskin is adhered to the glans. Around the third year until puberty the foreskin and glans separate.
Smegma what is it?
Both women and men will produce Smegma. Smegma is produced by glands and dead skin cells. It is a whitish, cheesy, substance that causes a smelly odor when insufficient hygiene is applied. For men, the smegma accumulates between the foreskin and the glans. If this smegma is not removed regularly the smegma will become smelly. Even a painful infection may occur when smegma isn’t removed. It is still uncertain, but the medical world suggests that infection of the glans penis may cause penile cancer.
It is advisable to remove smegma regularly by cleaning the glans and foreskin of the penis. The smegma can be removed with a washcloth with warm water or flushing. One could also use a special wash gel for male private parts. By doing this regularly, men can prevent from nasty smell or even inflammation to occur. It’s part of men’s intimate care to take care of their genitals regularly.
In case inflammation occurs on the foreskin of the penis or the glans, then it is always advisable to visit a doctor. Many men have this problem: the doctor is familiar with and it's nothing to be ashamed of.