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.)
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.
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."