When at the office - or whatever a man refers to as his workplace - a guy always wants to make the best possible impression. Whether leading an important presentation for a potential client, meeting with the boss to make a case for a raise, or simply greeting visitors as they enter the office, a man always wants to lead with strength. In most cases, the state of his penis health is not going to be a big factor in making a good impression. However, when penis odor is an issue, that can definitely be a detriment in office advancement.

Penis odor in the office

Penis odor can be a problem for men at any time and in any place, but there are some reasons why it can be especially acute in an office setting. To understand why, it’s necessary to look at why penis odor occurs generally.

The short answer to that is heat and sweat (with a healthy helping of bacteria thrown in). Basically, when the penis and the surrounding area gets hot, sweat forms and accumulates. The sweat glands in the penis area exude a sweat which contains bacteria of a particularly pungent aroma. (The same is true of the sweat glands underneath the arms.) The more heat, the more sweat; the more sweat, the more bacteria - and the greater the odor.

Because in its natural state the penis is nestled beneath a thick thatch of pubic hair, and because the balls are also insulated with a thinner covering of hair, the penile area is hot to begin with. Snuggle it beneath both a layer of underwear and a pair of trousers and the heat quotient goes up even further.

Office addition

But it’s not just heat that can cause sweat. Stress is a big factor in sweat production, and many men experience a higher degree of stress at work than they do in many other settings. Scrambling to make a deadline, fretting over whether a "pitch" will land correctly with a client or worrying about the pros and cons of a decision can up the body sweat factor significantly. And that makes existing penis odor even worse.

What to do

So how does a guy fight penis odor at the office? There are several things he can try.

- De-stress. This is easier said than done, but finding ways to keep stress to a minimum can be a big help. Find a few minutes to do something relaxing - meditate, take a walk around the block, listen to soothing music, etc.

- Dress appropriately. Going commando is usually not an option, but wearing loose-fitting boxers rather than heat-increasing briefs can help. So can wearing lightweight trousers. And there’s no law against bringing an extra pair of boxers and changing into a fresh pair when it’s a hot day.

- Watch the diet. Some foods produce sweat with a distinctively strong odor. Which foods do this varies from person to person, but some - such as garlic, onions and asparagus - are often odor triggers for many people.

- Wash regularly. Good penis hygiene can go a long way to keeping a lid on penis odor. Washing regularly (and thoroughly) is a big help. Intact men should be sure to get under the foreskin as well.

- Use a crème. In the office or at home, penis odor can be fought with the regular application of a superior penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) . Not just any crème will do; one with vitamin A is best. Also known as retinol, vitamin A has anti-bacterial properties that fight persistent penis odor. It’s a good idea to also select a crème with alpha lipoic acid, a potent antioxidant. By fighting free radicals, alpha lipoic acid helps prevent oxidative stress, leaving penis skin healthier and more resistant to bacteria.