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Natalie H
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Hey, quick question. I'm sexually involved with this new guy, and I noticed that his penis has a very strong smell. I've never experienced anything like that before. My exboyfriend never had that, but he was circumcised. This new guy isn't. I guess if I had to describe it I'd say fishy. Like those precooked cocktail shrimp that you have to thaw with lukewarm water. Sometimes it smells more strongly than other times, I don't really see a pattern.

It's not really a BAD smell, not to me anyway, but I was just wondering if it could be a health issue?

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Natalie H
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I think it may mostly be around the base but I'm not sure. I don't THINK it's his balls. I dunno, I haven't exactly tried to sniff test it, ha ha!

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Some parents are really fantastic about teaching little guys who to clean uncircumcised penises from very early on. Other parents never do it at all.

Chances are good that scent has to do with his not knowing how he needs to clean up or not doing it often enough. It's not rocket science, mind. All it is is, when showering or bathing, gently pulling the foreskin back, running warm water over the area, using a finger to just move off accumulated skin cells, oils and fluids (which can get kind of pasty under the foreskin), and then sliding the foreskin back.

But if he doesn't know he needs to do that or how, then what can happen is that smegma accumulates more and more under the foreskin and can get smelly.

Of course, the tricky part is being a sexual partner asking another if they know how to clean themselves, right? Not exactly a socially easy situation.

My best advice is that you're not the best person to do that, and since this may or may not be it, you instead just talk to him about sexual healthcare and make sure he's up-to-date with it, including full STI testing. A doctor, doing an exam, is going to be able to see if this is about hygiene, and if so, can tell him how to clean with it feeling way less intrusive than a partner doing so. As well, a doctor can check to be sure it's that, not something else.

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