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What Is Frostnip Of The Penis?

Dr. Lisa Lawless

Dr. Lisa Lawless, CEO of Holistic Wisdom
Clinical Psychotherapist: Relationship & Sexual Health Expert

Finger Puppet heterosexual couple in snow with snowmanPrince Harry's Penis & Frostnip In The News

If you have been following the news, you may have heard that Prince Harry's memoir 'Spare' is breaking sales records. If you have not read it or seen his recent interviews, you may not know about one of the more memorable stories he regales in the book. In it, Prince Harry reviews that because he was not wearing a customized "cock cushion" to prevent his penis from becoming too cold on a 200-mile charity trek in the Arctic, he developed frostnip on his todger (penis).

The Difference Between Frostbite & Frostnip

Frostbite and frostnip are when skin is damaged from cold temperatures. However, frostnip is a minor and temporary condition, whereas frostbite is more severe and can leave permanent damage.

Frostnip can cause discomfort to the skin, such as tingling and numbness while making the skin appear paler, which will go away once the skin is rewarmed and body temperature is regulated, typically in less than one hour.

What Causes Frostbite or Frostnip Of The Penis?

Both frostbite and frostnip can occur when there is prolonged exposure to cold temperatures, which can be exacerbated with wet conditions. It often occurs during outdoor activities such as snowboarding, skiing, hiking, and other activities that expose the body to cold.

You don't have to be in the Arctic to get frostbite or frostnip, as these conditions can occur in temperatures just half a degree below zero. So, it's worth considering preventative measures when temperatures drop to -0.5°C (31°F).

Frostnip & Frostbite Prevention

Those with a penis should consider using added padding and protection around the penis if they plan on being in below-freezing weather for an extended period or if clothing may become damp to prevent frostbite or frostnip. This may take the form of dressing in layers with thermal underwear and ensuring that the genital area is kept dry. You can also wear thermal, wind-resistant shorts over underwear and waterproof outer layers like GORE-TEX with breathable insulating inner layers like fleece.

As for protecting the penis, if you know you will be in extreme cold, and there is a chance of getting wet, you may want to use a sock on your penis to act as what Prince Harry called a "cock cushion." There have been brands that have made them, such as "Thermajock," but they have gone out of business. There are also homemade knitted ones called "Knit Willy Warmers," but winter enthusiasts often prefer socks made of warm materials like Merino wool or the layer techniques previously mentioned.

What To Do If You Get Frostnip Or Frostbite?

It will be essential to warm the skin slowly and carefully to avoid causing damage to the skin. This can be done by using a heating pad on low and then slowly increasing the temperature or immersing the body in lukewarm water and slowly and gradually adding warmer water. Once re-warmed, should there be continued discoloration, pain, or discomfort, it is crucial to contact a healthcare provider as there can be a risk of infection.

In Conclusion

While the story was entertaining to many, Prince Harry's cautionary tale may help people take proper preventative measures to prevent damage to the penis, as it is not a topic often considered or discussed. So stay safe, keep warm and dry!

To learn more on how to pleasure the penis, see our helpful Penis Masturbator Guide.

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