Face it guys, do you really think that women like your balls as much as you do? To most women they are your two ugly friends hanging out at the back of the party. She tolerates them, but when they start to be obnoxious and stink up the joint, the party is over for you, and you'll have to pick up your marbles and go home. So what is a man to do when he just left the club or party and has that ‘not so fresh’ feeling? You need to understand what is causing the odor.
"Know your enemy and know yourself." -Sun Tzu
The human body has two types of sweat glands, eccrine and apocrine. While the eccrine glands cover the entire body, secreting mainly salty water, the apocrine glands are found primarily in the groin and armpits, and secrete a buffet for bacteria, and this bacteria is the cause of the foul odor. For most men our nether regions are covered in the most layers of clothes, so even on the hottest days of summer, our boys are covered in two layers, begging us for just an occasional breath of fresh air (maybe the Scottish have a good idea by wearing kilts). It is no wonder that by the end of the day, the odor from these areas are not the fresh out of the shower smell we had just hours earlier.
"The best defense is a good offense." -Vince Lombardi
Washing thoroughly goes without saying. Using a good shower gel that contains no harsh detergents will be more than enough to wash away the bacteria which forms in moist regions. It is a myth that you need to use an antibacterial soap, as studies have shown that non-antibacterial soaps are just as effective in removing bacterial from skin as their more dangerous antibacterial counterparts. Antibacterial soaps typically contain chemicals such as triclosan which has been found in a least one study by the University of California Davis to lead to muscular function disruption with both skeletal and heart muscles. Triclosan also needs to be in contact with the skin for two minutes or more in order for it to be effective in killing bacteria, which is far longer than most men spend soaping up anyway, so its effectiveness is questionable at best.
Toweling off and allowing your boys to air dry completely is as important as your washing routine. Excess moisture leads to bacterial and fungal growth, the cause of many offensive odors, so allowing yourself time to completely dry off will help prevent bacterial growth. In warmer or more humid environments a fan may help speed the drying process. Once dry, the next step in the prevention process is applying a body powder to your genital area. Most men do little to prevent future body odor, and the use of deodorant applied to the underarms is one of the only preventative routines most men use.. A body powder applied to the groin will help absorb the remaining excess moisture after drying off, and will for a time absorb additional perspiration which feeds bacterial growth.This important next step in preventing the crotch rot from returning is critical; however, few men use powders in their daily routine, waiting until they are chaffed and itching before finally taking action.
Perspiration is your body's natural cooling system, so not matter how much powder you apply, eventually the dampness will return, building up the sweat that feeds bacteria and fungus. This is where the typical baby powder or talcum will begin to fail, since they do not contain ingredients which inhibit bacterial or fungal growth. There are many beneficial essential oils such as eucalyptus, spearmint, and cedarwood which naturally inhibit bacterial growth, and oils such as tea tree have powerful anti-fungal properties. Infusing these powerful essential oils together into a powder, will help to inhibit the fungus and bacteria which leads to smelly balls and feet.
"You don't know what you've got till it's gone" -Cinderella
If you have not used body powder on a regular basis before, you don't know what you're missing. After using powder as part of your daily routine, it will become as natural and necessary as brushing your teeth and shaving. One those days when you forget or run out, you will feel miserable and end up feeling like you are doing more ball handling than the Harlem Globetrotters. Trust me men when I tell you that most women will not tell you when your junk smells like a cross between Limburger and an junior high school locker room, but it is not likely that she will respond to your text the next day either.