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'Take Viagra only if prescribed'

Dr Kavan Lakdawala busts myths and resolves all queries related to sex. Here's what he says.

sex and relationships Updated: May 01, 2012 14:04 IST
Dr Kavan Lakdawala

A gentleman called me asking for my opinion about the authenticity of Viagra. He claimed he was not benefited by the medicine and doubted his potency.

I answered back: “Why have you taken the medication in the first place? Was any doctor involved? This medication is indicated only when there is a problem with the erection. Just popping the pill will definitely not give you any erection. The drug needs to be avoided in few circumstances.” I asked him to visit his doctor for queries.

I underwent an operation for male sterilisation at the BMC camp a month ago. Do I still need to use a condom?
Vasectomy is a procedure for permanent sterilisation in males. The human sperm takes approximately 72 days for full maturation. In some cases, the sperms may be present in initial samples of semen, immediately following a vasectomy. Even a single sperm cell can lead to pregnancy. So, it is advisable to use some form of contraception like a condom immediately following a vasectomy. You can stop using the alternate form of contraception if two consecutive semen analyses show an absence of sperms. Talk with your doctor for further clarification.

I’ve been married since the past three years. I now want a child, how do I plan for one?
For a lady to become pregnant, peno-vaginal sex is a must. A female is capable of getting pregnant only after the ovum is released from the ovaries during her menstrual cycle. This is usually released mid-cycle. Thus, in regular 28-day menstrual cycles, ovulation usually occurs on the 14 day. The days 11-18 maybe considered as the most important days as far as the chances of pregnancy are concerned. The sperm cells can survive in the female genital tract for few days. And so, the frequency of sexual intercourse needs to be every other day during this high fertility period.

My wife is not happy with the lubrication in condoms. She says that it reduces pleasure. Can we use soap to wash off the lubricant? Will it retain the condom’s potency and is it safe?
There are myriad uses of soap but using it to wash condoms is unheard of. This may lead to problems and failures. You can try with non-lubricated varieties of condoms instead. The government of India manufactures the nirodh in both the varieties. Please ask your chemist. Lubrication in a condom is usually aids sexual pleasure. Many women do complain of reduced sensitivity after using condoms. In this case, changing the brand may help.

My penis is curved not straight. Will I have any sort of future problems? What should I do?
Slight penile curvatures are very common in all societies. There’s usually no reason for concern even if the penis is bent by 45 degrees. Rarely, diseases like Peyonier’s Disease i.e. fibrosis of the penile tissue, can cause curving. Consult your doctor, if you’re in doubt.

Mail your queries to
Dr Kavan Lakdawala at: HT Media Limited,
2nd Floor, Mahalaxmi Engg Estate, Mahim (W), Mumbai: 400016;
Email: lakdawalakavan@gmail.com