It’s the body part that men arguably value the most, so you owe it to your joystick to always keep it clean, healthy and fit for purpose.
Give it the care it deserves and you may not be the only one to benefit – your partner will probably be grateful too.
Gently wash the joystick with warm water each day when you’re having a shower or bath. If you have a forεskin, pull it back gently and wash underneath.
If you don’t wash underneath the forεskin correctly, a cheesy-looking substance called smegma may begin to gather.
Smegma is a natural lubricant that keeps the joystick moist. It’s found on the head of the joystick and under the foreskin.
If smegma builds up in the forεskin, it can start to smell, stop you easily pulling your forεskin back and become a breeding ground for bacteria. This can cause redness and swelling of the head of your joystick, called balanitis.
Patrick French, a consultant physician in sεxμal health, says: “It’s really surprising how many men don’t clean underneath their forεskin. Not only do they regularly develop complications from poor hygiene, but it’s also very off-putting for a sεxμal partner.”
Don’t try to forcefully pull back the forεskin of a baby or young boy as this could be painful and cause harm. Their forεskin might still be attached to the head of the joystick and will therefore not retract fully. At this stage of their development, there’s no need to clean inside the forεskin.
While regular personal hygiene is important, too much washing with soap and shower gels can cause soreness.
Gently washing your joystick once a day with warm water is sufficient to maintain good hygiene. If you want to use soap, choose a mild or non-perfumed soap to reduce the risk of skin irritation.
It may be tempting to use talc and deodorants on your joystick, but these are best avoided because talc will get under the forεskin, where it may cause irritation.
Circumcised men have to be just as careful about cleaning their joystick. Gently washing the joystick with warm water once a day is sufficient.
Tεsticlεs and Pμbic Area
Don’t forget to clean the base of the joystick and the tεsticlεs, where sweat and hair can combine to produce a strong smell, just as unpleasant as in your armpits.
These areas need frequent washing to stop sweat from accumulating, especially as they are enclosed in underwear for most of the day.
Make sure the area between the base of the tεsticlεs and the anμs is also clean and odour-free.
While you’re down there, it’s a good idea to check your tεsticlεs for lumps once a month after a warm bath or shower.
Look out for any unusual lumps or swellings that were not there before.
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