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The penis is quite resilient, but countless bad practices you’re guilty of day in and day out could negatively impact your comfort, sex life, and overall health. 

Many men are aware certain habits could affect their sexual health but they’ve gotten so familiar with these actions that they don’t see the danger anymore. Probably because some penis issues don’t crop up overnight.

On the other hand, it is important to note that when these issues come up, you could battle them for months even years before making headway. 

Coming up are some common bad practices and poor hygiene habits you need to do away with ASAP.

Not using a condom when having anal penetrative sex 

It is always a wise move to wear your latex condom if you’ll be penetrating during any anal sex – and not only because it protects against STDs. 

Dr. Harry Fisch, a certified urologist at Weill Cornell Medical College told BuzzFeed Health that anal sex without using a condom is not advisable. He said it could introduce bacteria from fecal material into the urethra leading to either infection of the urinary tract or of the prostate.   

When using lube, stick with water-based or silicone lube. Stay away from oil-based lubes, as they are known to degrade latex condoms causing them to break. 

2. Irregular and careless washing of your penis

Your penis is not self-cleaning like the vagina. The surrounding of a penis tends to get pretty sweaty and warm, making it extra easy for fungus and bacteria to grow.

Dr. Fisch said in his BuzzFeed interview that if you don’t clean your penis enough, and gently but thoroughly – especially if you are a heavy sweater – you can develop irritation, unpleasant odor down there or fungal infections such as jock itch.

According to experts, apart from washing with soap and water at least once daily, you should also wash your penis not long after sex. The human body is said to be naturally filled with Candida albicans (a kind of fungus). This fungus can get out of control when your groin area is moist from sweat or fluids from a sex partner. 

3. Constantly masturbating in a way that can’t be replicated in actual sex with a partner

We are not saying masturbation is bad. Masturbation has great health benefits and it is totally normal, though there are a number of caveats for men, even women too. But our focus is on guys presently.

 Masturbating with high stroker speeds, certain genres of pornography, or tight handgrip that isn’t easy to replicate with a partner during sex can cause “delayed ejaculation”. A condition whereby it takes an impossibly long time to ejaculate or you can’t even ejaculate and orgasm at all during regular sex.

4. Hanging around in compression shorts or sweaty spandex after workouts 

Wearing bicycle shorts or tight-fitting spandex when exercising is absolutely fine and even works great for blood flow.

According to Dr. Fisch, still putting on tight shorts or spandex hours after workouts can trap moisture from sweats and heat helping your fungus friends to grow.

5. Having vaginal or anal sex without lubrication

Penetrating dry no matter the reason is a big no-no if you look at some of its after-effects. Maybe the lube you applied dried up in the process or your partner cannot self-lubricate.

Use as much lube as you want because penetrating dry or with insufficient lube could cause your penis to bend from attempting to force it in. Or your foreskin could tear if you are not circumcised. 

 

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