Cleaning Circumcised and Uncircumcised Penis

Author: Sexual Diversity
Published: Saturday 13th December 2014 - Updated: Thursday 14th September 2017
Summary: Information for males regarding sexual hygiene and cleaning of the circumcised and uncircumcised penis.

Hygiene is a cornerstone of modern civilization. It might be said that hygiene has become one of those things that are taken for granted among civilized people.

Intimate hygiene is part of the daily cleaning "ritual" and is considered to be just as important as overall hygiene. The sex organs are more sensitive than other parts of the body and frequently engaged in intimate contact, which is why they should be as clean as possible, if not cleaner.

Smegma is a mixture of skin oils, moisture, dead epithelial cells shed by tissues and bacteria. Since bacteria tend to thrive in any warm place that has plenty of moisture and is not exposed to the elements, be sure to wash away all the smegma from under the foreskin. Letting bacteria and dead tissue cells accumulate is a sure way of getting every woman's nightmare: a smelly penis. Accumulated dirt, sweat and bacteria will certainly cause infections at one point or another in the future.


Circumcised men have to be even more careful about their intimate hygiene. Since they lack a foreskin to protect the sensitive glans from sweat, dust and all manner of substances that should not come into contact with the penis, they are exposed to all sorts of hazards. Some men choose circumcision precisely because they think that losing the foreskin helps keep the penis clean, but it's not that simple. The foreskin has its own role to play in keeping the penis healthy.


The debate about the hazards and benefits of circumcision is still going strong after decades of data passed back and forth.

Many doctors say that removing the protective foreskin is less hygienic and leaves the glans exposed to various bacteria that cause infections of the urinary tract. At the same time, other doctors maintain that the foreskin traps smegma and dirt and so, uncircumcised men are not spared the danger of infections.

Regardless of how you feel about circumcision, one thing is perfectly clear: hygiene, and especially intimate hygiene, is of the utmost importance to you. It keeps infections away from this sensitive area and makes sure that your sexual relationships will not suffer.

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