It’s not uncommon for curious people to wonder what different body parts smell like. After all, you want to smell your best and you can’t go around smelling other people to determine a baseline. This is especially true when wondering what something like your scrotum, or “balls” should smell like.

The scrotum is the fleshy sack of skin that envelops the testicles to protect them from damage and to help regulate their temperatures. So,

What Do Balls Smell Like?

Balls’ smell is vaguely musky or faintly earthy. Under normal circumstances, however, this smell should be barely perceptible, and a healthy, clean individual should never notice a strong or unpleasant smell coming from their testicles.

The smelly ball stink is caused by the presence of reproductive hormones, pheromones, and other substances normally found on the surface of the skin such as sweat and sebum. This means that there can be a high degree of variability in the perception of the odor produced by an individual’s balls based on things such as hygiene, diet, and overall health.

Nevertheless, if a person’s balls have a distinctly strong, foul, or offensive scent, it should be considered a sign of an underlying issue that needs to be looked at.

Why Do My Balls Smell Bad?

Why Do My Balls Smell Bad?

All balls have a natural smell that is faint and vague, but if your balls smell bad chances are that there is something wrong.

For example, a bacterial or yeast infection will often produce a highly unpleasant smell and can be best described as fermented.

Similarly, a sexually transmitted disease, or STD, can cause your genitals and ball sack to produce putrid-smelling secretions. If your balls smell particularly bad, the smell could result from a Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, or Trichomoniasis infection.

Sadly, another common reason that your balls smell bad could be poor hygiene. Things like sweating profusely and not washing afterward can create a breeding ground for bacterial growth, resulting in an unpleasant sweaty ball smell.

Thankfully, if your balls smell bad it’s not the end of the world.

How Do You Get Rid Of A Bad Ball Smell?

To get rid of a bad smell coming from your balls, try doing one or more of the following:

  • Improve your hygiene: bathing regularly and washing your genitals thoroughly with soap will do wonders to improve the smell of your balls.
  • Wear clean underwear every day: changing your underwear regularly will help to keep rid of body odor. Not doing so will cause bacteria and other microorganisms to build up in your genital region, which can lead to bad smells, irritation, and infections.
  • Wear loose clothing: tight clothing and tight underwear that restrict ventilation to your crotch will increase sweating and moisture. This will lead to bad smells.
  • Seek medical advice: if you try the tips above and still find yourself with a bad-smelling pair, it may be best to seek medical advice. As mentioned above, a common cause of bad smells in the genital region is STDs and other types of infection. So, seek medical help and follow any treatments your doctor prescribes closely.
Clean underwear to get rid of bad ball smell

Final Thoughts On Testical Hygiene

Balls should not smell bad. A clean and healthy scrotum should smell slightly earthy and vaguely musky. As such, an unpleasant testicular smell can be a source of emotional distress and anxiety. 

So, if you notice an unpleasant smell coming from your balls, it should be taken as a sign that something is amiss. Check your hygiene habits, shower more, keep them dry, and pay a visit to your health service provider for a quick check-up.