Lubricants are used by doctors to reduce the discomfort caused to patients during procedures like vaginal or rectal examination, by using substances that provide lubrication. Lubricants are also used to relieve dryness and enhance sexual pleasure in women who have painful intercourse due to a dry vagina.

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Why do I get a red annular lesion in the glans penis post ejaculation?

Query: Hello doctor, After ejaculation, I observe something similar to a red annular lesion on the glans penis stretching from one side of the urethra opening and loops around to the other side of the opening. It is not painful and lasts 1-2 hours before it fades away. This does not happen after urinating...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer S J Altawil


Answer: Hi, Welcome to If the swelling and pain come only after ejaculation, there will be two possibilities. One is an infection in the semen, and the second is the lubricant you use (if you are using any). If you do not use lubricant, this means your semen got an infection due to prostati...  Read Full »

Why is there numbness in the penis?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 20-year-old man. I have a problem with having sex with my girlfriend. I can keep an erection, but after 20 minutes, my penis goes numb. I think my issue is that I use to masturbate or prone to masturbate too much in the past. And now I stop to masturbate as we speak. I am so confu...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer S J Altawil


Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for consulting with us.Change in the sensation of the penis or numbness after 20 minutes of intercourse. Sometimes it happens due to loss of a skin layer because of continuous aggressive masturbation or using some type of lubricants during sex, which leads to numbn...  Read Full »

The skin of my penis is peeling. Could this be a lube allergy?

Query: Hello¬†doctor, I am a 25 year old male. I am uncircumcised and recently I have noticed the skin of my penis is peeling in certain areas. If I stretch the skin, it is more visible in the folds of my skin. If I rub the area with the peeling, it does not hurt or itch. I am not on any medications. I hav...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Rheumatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and the images you have posted (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You have had a localized allergy to some thing you used, either a condom or the lubricant. The good thing is only the superficial layer is involved, and it will b...  Read Full »

Why do my penile skin peels often?

Query: Hello doctor, At the start of this year, I caught an STD, for which I took antibiotics and used a cream called Travocort. The STD went away quickly, but the main problem was using Travocort. While using it, I realized that my skin is getting hurt, the skin is peeling off, and it was not very pleas...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer S J Altawil


Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, I got a few patients who had the same complaints before, and the issue is the skin is weak since the previous STD (sexually transmitted disease) and less than usual friction can peel off an area on and heals slowly. In the meanwhile, it causes pain if you try to ma...  Read Full »

Why do I feel pain and burning sensation during sexual intercourse?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 26 year old female. I feel pain and burning sensation during sexual intercourse. I can allow only 5 cm of penetration and it becomes more painful with pressure. Please help me.  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Psychiatrist, Sexologist, Psychotherapist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. A lot of females suffer such problems during sexual intercourse. Have you used some lubricants during sexual intercourse? Use of water based lubricants like K-Y jelly helps to smoothen the penetration and thus reduces pain. If the problem pe...  Read Full »

What could be the cause of penis blisters?

Query: Hello doctor,I have blisters on the head of my penis due to masturbation without proper lubricant. I thought that it would heal by itself in a few days but now the blister popped and the skin is very tender and hurts to the touch. Also, another blister of sort, developed on the tip. It cannot be an ...  Read Full »

Dr. Saravan Pramod Settipalli

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There are a few conditions which cause painful blisters even without a sexual contact, like genital herpes, primary syphilis, impetigo among others. Please provide more details: Are these blisters painful or painless? Is there a discharge that you noticed? Is there a ...  Read Full »

My wife's vagina is too tight during sex and we are using coconut oil. Is there any problem?

Query: Hi doctor, I got married for 1.5 years, and we have been trying for kids for the past one year. Whenever I try to have sex with my wife, it becomes very tight, but then we use coconut oil then it goes easily inside. Is it normal or anything problematic?  Read Full »

Dr. Abhay Vikram Singh

General Practitioner, Family Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query and will try to help you out. See, reproduction is a complex procedure, but it is as simple because the urge in us makes it easy. What I will suggest you is that do not rush for intercourse. It is a natural process that just flows with it. Sta...  Read Full »

Will removing varicose veins from penis interrupt with erection?

Query: Hi doctor, In the past few months, I acquired spider veins and varicose veins on both sides of my penis. The veins are thick, dark blue and engorged with blood even when the penis is flaccid. Varicose veins run in my family but never thought I could have them there. They also are accompanied with...  Read Full »

Dr. Ankush Jairath


Answer: Hi, Welcome to Varicose veins are a very rare entity if they are present on your penile skin. Most of the time they need no intervention unless they are causing so much pain which is interfering with your daily activity or for cosmetic reasons. As they are superficial, removing them ...  Read Full »

My foreskin does not retract during intercourse and masturbation. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I had oral sex three weeks ago. That day also I faced the same issue i.e I was unable to retract or pull back my foreskin completely, it took like three to four days to get to normal. Two days ago I masturbated and again facing the same issue i.e unable to retract the foreskin complet...  Read Full »

Dr. Saurabh S Pandya


Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen your attachment. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The foreskin opening appears to be slightly narrow due to which you are not able to pull up the foreskin easily. This may need some lubrication like KY jelly or coconut oil before pulling u...  Read Full »

How to get rid of condom allergy?

Query: Hi doctor, My husband often goes on long trips for work. We have sex normally in an interval of 15 to 20 days. We are together for two years, but I still cannot satisfy him. The problem is whenever we have sex the first time it goes smoothly, but after that I have so much trouble to get intimate. I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Psychiatrist, Sexologist, Psychotherapist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to A lot of females have allergy to condom and they develop symptoms like you develop. But, that should not be a thing to feel guilty. Your problem of poor intimacy is because of that allergy and consequent rashes on vagina. This has resulted in repulsion and a fear which re...  Read Full »

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