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Men, this could be one of the reasons why you feel pain during sex!

The increase in age generally has a direct relation with lowered libido and sexual drive amongst men and women therefore; there might be some complications while conceiving the second baby. © Shutterstock

If you thought not cleaning your penis regularly would not harm you in any way, then you should read this!

Written by Editorial Team |Updated : December 8, 2017 5:05 PM IST

We are not talking about the scary medical conditions like erectile dysfunction, phimosis, paraphimosis, prostatitis, genital herpes and the likes which could be a reason for pain during sex. Instead, we are here talking about a condition that can lead to infections in the penis and can make sex a painful experience. Here we are talking about a condition called balanitis a condition in which the tip of the penis becomes, inflamed, sore and itchy. There can be a variety of reasons why it happens but one of them is poor hygiene of both partners. Yes, you read it right. Like the man, even the women can be responsible for this condition.

How a man s bad genital hygiene can affect the penis

A cheesy substance called smegma accumulates under the foreskin of the penis and if not washed properly can give rise to an infection that can cause irritation. This problem is more likely in uncircumcised men. But men who have a tight foreskin where the foreskin cannot be retracted over the end of the penis to wash the tip or the glans thoroughly can also face the same problem. Some men are also allergic to rubber, latex, spermicides and other topical applications like soaps, perfumes, etc. These allergens could also make the tip of the penis get inflamed and sore if not washed thoroughly if these allergens come into contact with it.

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How a woman s bad genital hygiene can affect the penis

Bacteria breeding in the vagina could be a reason for balanitis in men too. If the woman is suffering from vaginal thrush it could trigger an allergy in the man and lead to a milder form of balanitis. While there can be many reasons for a woman to develop vaginal thrush bad vaginal hygiene (that alters the pH balance of the area) could also be one of the reasons.

How balanitis affects a man s sex life

Friction on the penis during sexual intercourse can aggravate the pain of the infection. It can make the inflamed area sore and inflamed. This can make sex painful. Also, after having sex the area might be itchy and make the man completely uncomfortable.

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