Like everything in nature, your penis goes through a series of changes over your lifetime. Each phase is controlled mostly by your testosterone levels.
Somewhere between the ages of 9 and 15, your pituitary gland releases hormones that tell your body to start making testosterone. Puberty begins and brings changes. Your testes (testicles), scrotum, penis, and pubic hair all begin to grow. Testosterone levels peak in your late teens to early 20s.
The amount of testosterone in your body may drop slightly in your late 20s through your 40s, but the change is minimal.
Just like any other part of the body, you have to take care of your penis as well. In addition to making sure you clean your private parts after having sex, here are a few tips you should bear in mind to ensure your penis is clean and healthy.
KNOW YOUR PENIS
The first and foremost thing is to have complete knowledge about your penis to take care of it. Hence, make sure you know everything about it. This is because; if you are unable to retract the foreskin it can indicate a condition known as phimosis. And if left ignored, it might cause an injury to the organ during a sexual act, or it can also cause hamper erection. In some cases, the skin does not retract completely even after erection, which is a cause of concern.
CLEAN YOUR PENIS
Clean your penis while taking a bath. If the penis is not circumcised, then you need to retract the foreskin to clean it. Also, you should check for smegma, which is a white coloured substance that is collected below the foreskin. If not cleaned properly regularly, smegma can harbour bacteria. Moreover, it also increases the chances of infecting your partner. Hence, while taking a bath, make sure you clean the skin beneath it.
If you do not like having fuzz down there, then instead of shaving the hair, trim it down. This is because, some people hurt themselves while shaving pubic hair and hence, trimming it down to keep it short might do the trick to clean the area clean. Also, make sure you clean the pubic region with soap and water as excessive perspiration causes the area to stink and also increases the risk of fungal infection. In some cases, it can also put you at risk of pubic lice.
DO NOT WEAR TIGHT UNDERWEAR
Do not wear tight underwear, which is one of the common mistakes that almost every man commits. If you wear a tight underwear, it hinders the breathing of the organs and also causes compression of the testicles. Research studies have shown that tight underwear can cause low sperm count and also hinders the production of testosterone, which can lead to infertility. Also, it is advised not to wear underwear at night as it allows the penis to breathe.
DONT HAVE A HOT WATER BATH
The next and important point is not to have a hot water bath, sauna or steam bath as excessive heat is not good for the private parts. The temperature of the testicles is a degree or two lower than that of the body temperature. And this is the reason, why sitting up in hot water is not recommended as it increases the temperature of the testicles, hindering its function. Hence, make sure you use plain cold water to clean your private parts.
Experts further adds that people with low sperm count (especially truck drivers and gym trainers) can immerse their private parts in cold water for 15 minutes a day to increase the sperm count and counter-effect the side-effects of heat and hot temperature on the private parts.