Smelly Penis: Causes And Treatment

Smelly Penis

Smelly Penis

The penis is the male genital settled sensitively at the center of the body. It is closely enclosed between two thighs, being attached to the trunk at the lower abdomen. This position is the most unventilated for it is a private part covered with undergarment and upper garment. The place is supposed to be the sweatiest part of the whole body. The sweat once poured out will drain at the same place causing an odor. 

This odor is the flavor of the man. A recent research study stated the penis odor would arouse sexual intention in women. However, there are two odors observed from the penis. The Hygenic odor and the unhygienic odor. The Hygenic odor is necessary and man's nature due to sweat glands and skin pores. The problem is all with the unhygienic odor caused due to various disorders. Such an emitted smell should be taken care of and treated right away. 

After all, a Smelly penis isn’t desirable for all men. Despite carefully washing, it still has a slight smell anyway. To understand more clearly, below are the root causes and major factors that can lead to a smelly penis.

Causes of a smelly penis 

1) Smegma

Smegma or preputial sebum is a natural lubricant that is found around the head of the penis and under the foreskin. Smegma is a combined mixture of shed skin cells, skin oils, and moisture. It occurs in both male and female mammalian genitals. When it builds up, it begins to look like a white, cheesy substance. For the same reason, it is also called penis cheese or dick cheese.

In layman terms, smegma is a foul-smelling cheesy white or yellow substance produced under the foreskin at the glans of the penis or around the clitoris and labia minora. 

Smegma is most seen in the uncircumcised penis. If smegma becomes infected, inflammation may occur, manifested by swelling, redness, and painfulness of the penis.

Men with smegma have an increased risk of penile cancer and cervical cancer.

Smegma is secreted by sebaceous glands beneath the foreskin of the uncircumcised penis.

The glans penis is to be cleaned after masturbation. If not, the semen would stick on the glans penis and develop into smegma.


A gentle cleaning process is needed to treat smegma. Keep the penis in a mug or bowl of water. The foreskin is pulled front and back and the glans penis is made wet with water. The smegma once hydrated loses its adhesiveness to the skin. Daily, the penis will come back to hygienic conditions. If the smegma is not leaving the skin, it is a serious condition and suggested to meet a doctor.  

2) Sexually Transmitted Infections or Diseases ( STIs or STDs) 

Depending on the type of virus, bacteria, or parasite, depending on the way of transmission, there are dozens of sexually transmitted diseases or infections identified in the course of health sciences. Some of them are completely curable and a few of them are deathly dangerous that cannot be cured.

These infections on prolonged observation over the penis would damage the actual flavor of the penis. The damaged skin cells, the dead skin cells, and the bacterial formations altogether cover the penile skin making a spoiled smell. When an infection reaches odor level, the penis is subjected to complete damage. 


Any sexually transmitted disease is supposed to be contagious over close contact. A person is better suggested to stick to one person in sexual intercourse or limited to fewer sex partners. The condom-like substance is highly advisable to use if the partners increase in life. If already transmitted, there are medicinal courses to treat the infected. 

3) Yeast Infection

Candida yeast is always present in the body and usually doesn't cause problems, but changes in the body chemistry can cause a rapid growth phase that triggers the symptoms of a yeast infection.

A penile yeast infection, if not treated, may lead to a variety of painful, uncomfortable, and embarrassing symptoms. There is a chance of serious complications if the infection spreads into the bloodstream.


Staying hygienic, providing enough ventilation to the penis can prevent it from infection. If infected though, consult a doctor and take the prescribed ointments, tablets, and lotions.

4) Dry Skin

Dehydrated and thirsty skin tends to develop microscopic cracks that provide a happy home for bacteria. But keeping the skin moisturized (see, moisturizer isn't just for women) can actively help to cut down on the stink.

5) Synthetic fabrics

Clothing that's made from man-made fabrics can trap odors and increase the smells that are already being made down there.


The smelly penis seems to be a little problem and it is. But one shouldn’t ignore it as it can lead to sexually transmitted infections (STI), penile cancer, and cervical cancer. Consulting a doctor and treating your genitals is prior health care. 

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