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Know more about fungal infections

health and fitness Updated: Apr 10, 2010 20:10 IST
Dr Kavan Lakdawala
Dr Kavan Lakdawala
Hindustan Times
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Can wearing tight undergarments cause a reduction in my sperm count? Why is the penis black?
Testes are lodged in the scrotum. They produce sperms. For better functioning, testes require a different environment. Hence, they are lodged separately from the rest of the abdominal organs. Using tight underwear may lead to problems later in life.

This is however a highly controversial topic. There are reports for, as well as, against your assumption. The penis is dark because of the presence of concentrated melanin pigments.

Please elaborate on natural family planning methods. For this, the calendar method is advocated. In this, the first and last seven days of the menstrual cycle are considered to be safe for unprotected intercourse. The days of menses are also safe days.

Temperature method is based on the assumption that just prior to the date of ovulation the basal body temperature of the female rises. Earlier the cervical smear method was advocated but now is hardly used due to the inconvenience. The natural methods of contraception have a high failure rate. For further details, please discuss the matter with your doctor and partner.

Why have I been having recurrent fungal infections?
Fungal infections are notorious to occur in the hot and humid climate that our city has. The private parts of both men and women serve as an excellent site for the infection to make its presence felt. Regular cleaning of the private parts with warm water and keeping the area dry is a must. Using a loose, cotton underwear is another option.

Prompt treatment of the fungal infection is highly recommended in your case. Taking help from your family doctor would help. If you plan on having sexual intercourse before the infection is treated, do remember to use a condom. It is better to be safe than sorry.

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