We’re taking awkward questions today. Who’s got one?Well, we have for you, 5 awkward questions that we got our in-house doctor, Dr Nisreen Nakhoda to answer. Hopefully, these answers clear some of your doubts.
5 embarrassing questions men might have
1. I have a foul smelling discharge and swelling near the head of my penis. What could it be?
A. This is probably an infection of the glans penis. Poor hygiene and bacteria lodged in the folds of the skin of an uncircumcised penis could lead to inflammation and infection of the glans.
First things first, clean the area with soap and warm water. Take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine to lessen the swelling, redness and discomfort. Next, consult the doctor for an appropriate antibiotic. And always maintain good hygiene.
2. My penis curves to the side. Is there something wrong with me?
A. Relax, this is perfectly natural. Be reassured that nothing’s wrong. You have no cause for worry, even during sexual intercourse.
3. I am a man and I think I have breasts! Is that even possible?
A. Male breasts are a not-very-common condition known as gynaecomastia. If you think that’s what you have, go to a doctor and get a hormonal assessment for excessive oestrogen.
However, chances are this could just be a case of being over weight. Lose weight and work on your chest muscles.
4. My problem occurs during sex as I often have premature ejaculation. I’m embarrassed and I don’t know what to do.
A. Premature ejaculation is usually a problem of the mind and probably means that physiologically, there’s nothing wrong with you. Here are some tips you can follow to avoid premature ejaculation:
- Get comfortable with your partner.
- Indulge in a lot of foreplay.
- Do not stress too much, as that will lead to performance anxiety
- Have patience. Share your problem with your partner, so you can work on this together.
- Put on the condom during foreplay itself, so there’s no overstimulation of the penis. In fact, avoid over stimulation of the penis in general and focus on other areas, not necessarily the genitals.
- If none of these tips work, consider going to a doctor.
5. Help! I suffer from wet dreams.
A. Wet dreams or night emissions of semen are very common amongst teen boys and young adults. They generally happen more frequently in men who don’t masturbate or have sex as the body has to eject the semen in some way. Don’t be embarrassed. These occur due to normal physiological functions of the body and are no cause for concern.
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