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Dear Doc | Something strange is happening down there

Published:Sunday | December 8, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Q. Dear Doc, something strange happened and I am concerned about what it was. I like fluffy girls, I have a nice one, but recently while having sex I lifted her up. I know I had taken on too much after I did it, but didn’t want to shame and drop her so I continued. The next day one side of my balls was swollen and painful. I didn’t know what to do so I iced it. It gone down now but that side keep feeling funny to me. Did I damage myself, or is it like a pull muscle? Should I get it looked at?


A. Indeed! You may have bitten off more than you could chew. The testicular (balls) pain you are experiencing is as a result of lifting a weight you could not manage, and is likely due to what is called an inguinal hernia. I am unsure if you were in a habit of doing this before, however, lifting of heavy weights can cause weakening to the area along your lower abdominal wall (groin), resulting in fat or part of the intestines to go down what is called the inguinal ring and into the scrotum. This will then cause the testicular pain and swelling you are experiencing.

The pain associated with an inguinal hernia, is often described as a burning or aching discomfort in the testicles. Additionally, you may experience a dragging or heavy sensation in your groin, as well as swelling or enlargement of your scrotum.

The treatment of an inguinal hernia is dependent on its severity. Your doctor may first try to massage the hernia back into its proper position, otherwise referred to as reducing it. If this fails to provide results, you may then need a surgical procedure to correct it. This surgical procedure moves the fat or intestines back to its original position and then repair the area where the fat or intestines had escaped through.

To prevent a recurrence, as it refers to weightlifting, the more effective methods are to use proper form and to lift the appropriate amount of weight for your current strength. When working on your lower body, always bend at the knees. Never lift the weight from your waist, which can lead to abdominal muscle strain, and weaken the abdominal wall. Lifting more weight than your fitness level allows, can also lead to abdominal strain, thereby weakening the abdominal wall.



Q. Dear doc, do condoms come in sizes? And if so, how will I know my size? I find them to be tight and uncomfortable, and would like to know how I would know what is the right size and feel.


A. Getting your condom to feel right can be tricky. If it is uncomfortable, you will not want to wear them, and that can lead to problems that condoms are designed to help prevent, such as unintended pregnancy and STI’s ( Sexually Transmitted Infections).

Shopping for condoms can be daunting. There are so many different brands available, each brand having different styles, and, with the changing brands and styles, also comes variations in sizes.

Condoms are actually classified as a medical device, so they have to meet standards and regulations, yet still, the most commonly reported issue with condoms is their fit. Up to 50% of men believe the condoms they use don’t fit properly, complaint of them being either too tight, too long, too short, or too loose.

The average penis size is between 5 and 7 inches long and 3.5 to 6 inches in circumference, though penis size does vary.

As far as condom sizes, the minimum length for a condom is set at about 6.3 inches. Most are about 7 inches in length, and has extra space as a 'reservoir' tip to catch the semen. If your condom doesn't have one, it is recommended that you pinch a half-inch of the tip of the condom to serve that purpose.

Some manufacturers also offer condoms in sizes, and in such cases, to ensure that you get the proper fit and feel, you may need to take a measurement. If you do, it is suggested that you take the measurement while your penis is erect, and that the measurement comes from the top side.

Most condoms will work well for most men,but if you think yours doesn’t feel right, experimentation is encouraged, with the various brands, until you find that which is comfortable.