1. Be sexually responsible. If you are not married, abstinence is the key. But if you must have sex, use condoms and if you are married, be faithful to your partner who’s been tested and is free of sexually transmitted infections.
2. Get vaccinated. If you’re age 26 or younger, consider the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to help prevent private part warts.
3. Stay physically active. Moderate physical activity can significantly reduce your risk of erectile dysfunction.
4. Practice good hygiene. If you’re not circumcised, regularly clean beneath your foreskin with soap and water.
5. Know your medications. Discuss medication use and possible side effects with your doctor.
6. Pay attention to your mental health. Seek treatment for depression and other mental health conditions.
7. Stop smoking and limit the amount of alcohol you drink. If you smoke, take the first step and decide to quit — then ask your doctor for help.
Remember, some penile problems can’t be prevented.
However, routinely examining your penis can give you greater awareness of the condition of your penis and help you detect changes.
Regular checkups can also help ensure that problems affecting your penis are diagnosed as soon as possible.
While you might find it difficult to discuss problems affecting your penis with your doctor, don’t let embarrassment prevent you from taking charge of your health.