Male Genital Problems and Injuries - Prevention
Condoms can be used not only to prevent
pregnancy but also to help protect against
sexually transmitted infections. Use a condom during
vaginal, oral, or anal sex with a new partner until you are certain that he or
she does not have any sexually transmitted infections, including human
immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
A male condom is placed over a man's erect penis before sex. Condoms are also called "rubbers," "sheaths," or "skins."
The female condom is a tube of soft plastic (polyurethane) that has a closed end. Each end has a ring or rim. The ring at the closed end is inserted deep into the woman's vagina over the cervix, like a diaphragm, to hold the tube in place. The ring at the open end remains outside the opening of the vagina.
In a long-term, single-partner (monogamous) relationship,
partners may choose to quit using condoms to prevent STIs. But using some
form of birth control is important to prevent an unintended pregnancy.
Jock itch and yeast infection
Steps to prevent
jock itch (fungal infection of the skin in the groin) or
yeast infection (cutaneous candidiasis) include the
- Dry yourself well after bathing. Use a hair
dryer to dry your groin area.
- Wear cotton underwear and
loose-fitting clothes. Avoid tight pants.
- Use a powder to absorb
- If you have athlete's foot, put your socks on before your
underwear. This can prevent fungi from spreading from your feet to your groin
when you put on your underwear.
- Change out of a wet bathing suit
soon after swimming so that your skin can dry out.