Here's What It Means if Your Guy's Penis Smells

It’s one of those scenarios that’s rarely discussed: Sometimes your man's peen just...smells. And while you know that funky junk happens, you're probably unclear about what that stank means, exactly.

Luckily, it’s probably not that big of a deal, says urologist David Kaufman, M.D., of New York's Central Park Urology. "Any male odors down there have more to do with personal hygiene habits, rather than a medical issue," he says. (As in, your guy sometimes forgets to shower.)

It could also be related to something he ate, says Kaufman. "A guy who [eats] garlic followed by a full-court basketball game is going to sweat garlic," he says. (Ahem, our personal nightmare.)

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His smelly genitalia likely doesn't pose any significant risk to your health, either. Kaufman says it won't put you at an increased risk of a UTI, or any other infection for that matter. Phew

If it’s a one-off thing, it’s probably best to just deal and breathe through your mouth. But if it’s a recurrent issue, licensed clinical psychologist Ramani Durvasula, Ph.D., and author of Should I Stay or Should I Go?, recommends taking action. "Try suggesting a shower or bath together before intimacy and make it a foreplay thing," she says. It's possible that after a long day, especially in jeans that do not breathe well, things can get rank, says Durvasula.

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However, she admits that if you have to say something, “there’s no way to make this completely un-awkward." But you’re still better off being direct, she says. "Over time, sex and intimacy may become aversive, which will be even more hurtful to your relationship."

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