What Causes Penis Odor and How to Stop It

Several recent emails from clients have brought up a common penis problem that most men are not willing to talk about – the issue of penis odor. Even with men who take reasonably good care of their penis often encounter an unpleasant, fishy penis smell that is understandably a source of embarrassment. For instance, one woman writes:

My boyfriend showers every day and washes the area under his foreskin, but his penis always has an unattractive odor – the best way to describe it is that it smells like fish. I’ve tried to ignore it, but it is really getting in the way of our sex life, and going down on him is out of the question. Is he doing something wrong when he cleans down there?

Actually, his problem had nothing to do with poor hygiene, and this issue is not uncommon. In this case, the couple was able to solve their problem through applying a specialized formula containing a combination of penis vitamins and minerals that are helpful in maintaining the body’s natural chemical balance. While a foul smell in the genital area can certainly be the result of lack of attention to personal care, the following issues can cause a fishy penis smell.


Most unpleasant body smells – morning breath, underarm odor, smelly feet, and so on – are caused by bacteria interacting with body chemistry, and the penis is no exception. The skin is home to millions of microbes – everyone is covered with them. Most of these are harmless (some are even beneficial), and most of them don’t cause any symptoms at all. However, when certain bacteria proliferate, they can cause that familiar fishy odor, even in men who cleanse their genital area carefully. This can be especially problematic for uncut men, because the area under the foreskin is an ideal environment for bacteria to flourish.

Yeast infection

An unpleasant smell that is accompanied by itching or burning of the penis skin, redness or rash, and/or a cheesy discharge may be caused by a yeast infection. Like bacteria, yeast spores grow easily in warm, moist places, especially in men whose immune system is compromised, either due to the use of antibiotics or as a result of an autoimmune disorder such as diabetes. In this case, eliminating the yeast infection should solve the odor problem.


This condition, which ordinarily affects uncut men, presents as redness and swelling around the head. Itching, burning and soreness may also be experienced, and a smelly discharge may also be present. If the area around the urethra (the opening at the tip of the penis) is affected, painful urination may also occur. Balanitis, which has similar symptoms to yeast infection, is frequently associated with poor hygiene.

Getting rid of a fishy penis smell

Eliminating penis odor is relatively simple if these suggestions are followed:

1. Wash regularly with a gentle cleanser. Avoid the use of soaps that strip away the skin’s natural oils, which may upset the normal pH of the skin and actually cause problems like yeast infection.

2. Make sure the area is dry before putting on clothing.

3. Wear underwear made from natural fabrics such as cotton.

4. Eat a balanced diet, with plenty of fruits, vegetables, grains, and lean protein. Men who are prone to yeast infections may find that eating yogurt helps to prevent this common problem.

5. Treat the penis skin with a specialized penis health formula (most health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) that contains vitamin A, a natural antibacterial, vitamins C and D for immune system support, and natural moisturizers that help to maintain the skin’s natural suppleness and tone.