Sexual partners increase and decrease based on a number of factors that vary from person to person and couple to couple. One factor that tends to be very important is how hygienic the other partner is, or appears to be. Clearly, visible signs of proper hygiene are important, but other senses can come into play when assessing a partner’s hygiene levels, including the sense of smell. In such cases, a very unpleasant or unpleasant odor from the penis can lead a partner to withdraw, concerned not only about hygiene but also about what the odor from the penis could convey about the health status of their partner’s penis. This is one of the reasons why men should know if they have a penis odor problem and what could be contributing to it. Interestingly, and perhaps contradictory, the use of antiperspirants in some cases can make things worse.
The sweat factor
While it is true that there may be other causes of penis odor, such as a urinary tract infection or fungal situation, sweat is often a major culprit in producing pungent penile odor. When a man sweats, he mixes with bacteria, releasing a variety of scents, some of which are definitely not attractive.
And the penis is located in such a way that it can be like a sweat magnet. For starters, unless a guy manscape, his penis is nestled under a thick layer of pubic hair that serves to insulate the penis and balls, adding heat. Plus, resting between or on top of your thighs adds another layer of body heat. And when the penis is erect, the influx of blood to the penis also adds more heat.
But that’s not where things end. Most men wear underwear and pants, making a double layer of clothing, which means that the area is kept twice as hot as many other parts of the body. With all of this going on, is it any wonder that men tend to sweat in the crotch and that smell tends to build up there?
But still, why do antiperspirants somehow add to an unwanted penis odor situation? After all, antiperspirants are designed to STOP sweat. And furthermore, most men use antiperspirants under their arms, not on or around their penis.
All of this is true, but with a little thought one can see how antiperspirants can increase the stench of the penis.
Both deodorants and antiperspirants help kill bacteria that combine with sweat to create odors. But antiperspirants also help to block sweat pores, making it harder for sweat to even leave the body in the areas where it is applied.
Yes, the antiperspirant does not apply to the penis or the surrounding areas. But if it is worn under the arms, it does not mean that the sweat has been destroyed; it simply means that the sweat that is produced can no longer easily exit the body through the armpits. Instead, it needs to find another way to get out of the body, so it travels to other areas that are not moistened by antiperspirants, such as the penis. Therefore, more sweat comes out of the body through the penis, increasing the possibility of a bad penis odor.
None of this is to say that a man has to stop using antiperspirants, but if he does use them, he must do an even better job of blocking the odor from the penis. For example, you need to wash very well and you may need to do it more often.
Another great way to use antiperspirants and still combat penis odor is by applying a superior penis health cream daily. (Health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven to be gentle and safe for the skin). The cream should contain vitamin A, which has antibacterial properties that can help reduce lingering odors from the penis. The cream should also include a powerful antioxidant, such as alpha lipoic acid. By fighting excess radicals that can cause oxidative stress on the skin of the penis, alpha lipoic acid strengthens the skin so that it can better respond to efforts to combat excess odor.