Male Genital Problems and Injuries
The following prevention measures may help you reduce your risk of problems in the genital area. If you find a lump, growth, or other change in the genital area, Reference check your symptoms to determine if and when you need to see your doctor.
You may want to do a Reference testicular self-exam once a month. The best time to do the exam is after a warm bath or shower when the scrotal skin is relaxed.
Male teens, young men, and men who have had Reference undescended testicles Opens New Window or a family history of Reference testicular cancer Opens New Window have an increased risk for developing testicular cancer.
If you are concerned about an undescended testicle in your baby, talk to your baby's doctor.
Prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
You can take measures to reduce your risk of becoming infected with a Reference sexually transmitted infection (STI) Opens New Window. You can also reduce the risk of transmitting an STI to your sex partner. Know Reference high-risk behaviors and the Reference symptoms of STIs Opens New Window.
Reference Delay sexual activity until you are prepared both physically and emotionally to have sex. Nearly two-thirds of all STIs occur in people younger than 25 years old. Sexually active teenagers are at high risk for STIs because they frequently have unprotected sex and have multiple partners. Biological changes during the teen years also may increase the risk of getting an STI.
Practice safer sex
Preventing a sexually transmitted infection (STI) is easier than treating an infection once it occurs.
- Talk with your partner about STIs before
beginning a sexual relationship. Find out if he or she is at risk for an STI.
Remember that it is quite possible to be infected with an STI without knowing
it. Some STIs, such as
Reference HIV Opens New Window, can take up to 6 months before they can be
detected in the blood. Ask about the following:
- How many sex partners has your new potential partner had?
- What Reference high-risk behaviors does he or she have?
- Has he or she ever had an STI?
- Was it treated and cured?
- If the STI is not curable, what is the best way to protect yourself?
- Be responsible Reference and practice safer sex.
- Avoid sexual contact or activity if you have Reference symptoms of an STI Opens New Window or are being treated for an STI.
- Avoid sexual contact or activity with anyone who has symptoms of an STI or who may have been exposed to an STI.
- Abstain from sexual intercourse to prevent any exposure to STIs.
- Don't have more than one sex partner at a time. Your risk of an STI increases if you have several sex partners at the same time.
Condoms can be used not only to prevent pregnancy but also to help protect against sexually transmitted infections. Use a condom during vaginal, oral, or anal sex with a new partner until you are certain that he or she does not have any sexually transmitted infections, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
In a long-term, single-partner (monogamous) relationship, partners may choose to quit using condoms to prevent STIs. But using some form of birth control is important to prevent an unintended pregnancy.
Jock itch and yeast infection
- Dry yourself well after bathing. Use a hair dryer to dry your groin area.
- Wear cotton underwear and loose-fitting clothes. Avoid tight pants.
- Use a powder to absorb moisture.
- If you have athlete's foot, put your socks on before your underwear. This can prevent fungi from spreading from your feet to your groin when you put on your underwear.
- Change out of a wet bathing suit soon after swimming so that your skin can dry out.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference March 15, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference David Messenger, MD