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The Potential Problems of an Uncircumcised Penis

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Dr.Vinod Raina 93% (6464ratings)
MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi  •  19years experience
The Potential Problems of an Uncircumcised Penis

The Potential Problems of an Uncircumcised Penis

When it comes to penis problems, every man has his share. But an uncircumcised man is much more likely to have issues than an intact man is. The good news is that with excellent penis care, an uncircumcised man can have a quite healthy penis and avoid the serious penis problems that might result from lack of hygiene or other penis problems that sometimes plague men who have an intact foreskin.

However, it's important to remember that being uncircumcised doesn't mean a man will automatically have problems with his package. But for those unfortunate enough to deal with these penis problems, it's important to know what to expect. Here's a quick rundown.

1) Phimosis. Some men suffer from a condition in which the foreskin is too tight to retract fully during sexual activity. Known as phimosis, this condition can prevent a man from enjoying intercourse, or can prevent sexual activity thanks to the intense pain it can bring. A guy who suffers from phimosis needs to speak with his doctor about ways to alleviate the problem and help the foreskin move freely.

2) Infections. The area covered by the foreskin stays dark and warm, and sometimes it's a little damp, which is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Fungal infections, such as jock itch, can easily set up underneath the foreskin. There is also a condition called balanitis, which results in inflammation, pain, redness, rash and discharge from the penis. These infections often result from a lack of good hygiene, specifically from not cleaning properly underneath the foreskin.

3) Too much sensitivity. Known as hypersensitivity, this is often a problem with men who are in their first years of sexual exploration. Since the head of the penis is covered by the foreskin most of the time - and the tip is where the most sensitive nerve endings are - it stands to reason that the penis can be incredibly sensitive in that area. Sometimes this sensitivity is a good thing, but often it can mean a man "finishes" well before he's ready to do so.

4) Severe penis odor. The oils and skin cells that the body sloughs off on a regular basis have to go somewhere. For a man who is uncircumcised, the oils and spent cells around his penis - as well as the residue from cleansers, condoms, lubricants and other fluids - combine to form smegma. Smegma is a white buildup that appears underneath the foreskin. A man should carefully clean away the smegma on a daily basis; however, many men don't notice that it is building up until the odor assaults their nose. Severe penis odor is a side effect of smegma and unfortunately affects many men.

Taking care of the uncircumcised penis:

A man who has not been circumcised must pay closer attention to penis health. That's because there are so many problems that can result from having a foreskin. Though being intact is certainly preferable for some men, and provides them with intense sensations that might be lacking in men who have been circumcised, the potential for penis problems is a very real concern that must be addressed on a daily basis. As always, the number one rule boils down to cleanliness and taking care of the penis every single day, to help stop problems well before they have an opportunity to begin.

To help a man combat the issues that might arise from this, he can reach for a top-notch penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). He should seek out a crème that is specially formulated to tackle the most common penis issues, such as one that includes vitamin A for odor control, vitamin E for softness and vitamin D for overall health. Shea butter, a high-end emollient, can serve as the perfect "carrier" for the amino acids, antioxidants and vitamins a man's skin needs to stay healthy and strong - whether circumcised or not.


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