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The penis is used for urinating and sexual intercourse. It is located above the scrotum (ball sack). The penis has 2 parts – the shaft and the glans. The shaft is made up of sponge like tissue that expands when filled with blood when a man becomes sexually aroused. The glans is the head of the penis which also expands during sexual arousal and is very sensitive to touch. All boys are born with a foreskin (the sleeve of skin that covers the head of the penis). The foreskin is attached by your fraenulum (banjo string). Some boys have their foreskin removed for health or religious/ cultural reasons, this is called circumcision. It is important to wash underneath the foreskin to avoid the build up of dead skin cells, sweat and bacteria which form an off-white substance called Smegma. This can be a bit smelly but is not harmful and can be washed away easily.

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