MANday: Medical Manscaping

February is the month of love and that leftover heart-shaped box with stale chocolates won’t get the job done during the rest of the month! This is where your medically manscaped jock comes in – making the best impression may involve fixing some major deferred maintenance that could also be lifesaving!

Upon close inspection of your manhood, you may notice a bump, scale, rash, or other irritation that persists or re-appears– perhaps even an infectious souvenir from another Valentine’s year! Common sexually transmitted infections (STI’s), such as genital herpes and genital warts, are often overlooked and may lie concealed. Herpes is often asymptomatic or may present initially as a lesion, rash, or jock itch. Genital warts, caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), are often overlooked as harmless bumps or skin tags, but they pose a serious risk of causing cervical cancer in women– certainly not a welcoming gift for your sweetheart! These and other common STI’s can be quickly diagnosed via blood or culture swab tests and treated clinically without complications.

Especially in uncircumcised men, persistent genital skin lesions on the penis and scrotum can range from harmless psoriasis to more serious balanitis, or even potentially fatal penile cancer. Psoriasis, Lichen Planus, and warts, all easily treatable, may also mimic squamous cell carcinoma, which accounts for 95% of penile cancer. Penile cancer risk factors include HPV infection, smoking, older age, and an uncircumcised foreskin with or without phimosis, which is the inability or difficulty to retract the penile foreskin. On average men with undiagnosed penile cancer delay seeking medical advice by at least six months. Don’t be that guy! A simple, in-office, and almost painless adult circumcision procedure, performed under local anesthetic, can eliminate this major risk factor.

Schedule your consultation at one of our four locations and let the experts at The Y Factor help you unveil your new medically manscaped area for your partner!

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Teichman, J., Mannas, M., & Elston, D. M. (2018). Noninfectious Penile Lesions. American family physician, 97(2), 102–110. Retrieved from https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0115/p102.html

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