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What is the cure for skin irritation after sex?

Q: I am married and have a child. For three years my wife was using Copper T without any problem. One month back its validity expired and we got it removed by the doctor. After removing it, both of us faced a problem of irritation after sex. The doctor said it was an infection and advised some antibiotics and a cream to be applied. Now a new copper T valid for five years has been fitted. But even now I feel irritation at the tip of the penis after sex. Also, the inner part of penis has become reddish.

A:Copper T is a good contraceptive with a bad reputation in some countries. The Copper T intrauterine device (IUD) is safe and reversible, requires little effort on the part of the user once inserted, and offers 10 years of prevention against pregnancy. Fears about side effects, concerns about infection and infertility, lack of technical training for providers, and the time and costs involved in providing services combine to discourage use of IUDs in some countries. The IUD is quite an effective method and has a lower rate of complications than hormonal methods. Worldwide, approximately 13 per cent of all women of reproductive age use the IUD, making it the second most popular contraceptive (19 per cent use female sterilisation, the leading method). While studies show the Copper T IUD is nearly as effective as male or female sterilisation, the IUD is often ignored or overlooked. One reason is misinformation on the part of both patients and providers. What you describe sounds like Thrush caused by Candida albicans. It is not transmitted sexually. It is caused by yeast that normally lives harmlessly on the skin, or in the mouth, gut and vagina, without causing any problems. But it can worsen or become more obvious after sex. It's just your body's way of telling you its noticed something different. Signs and symptoms In women, there is itching, soreness and redness around the vagina; a thick, white discharge from the vagina that looks like cottage cheese; a swollen vulva; pain when you have sex and pain when urinating. In men, there is irritation, burning or itching under the foreskin or on the tip of the penis; a redness, or red patches, under the foreskin or on the tip of the penis; a thick, cheesy discharge under the foreskin and difficulty in pulling back the foreskin. Treatment There are lots of over-the-counter treatments for thrush. But first rule out diabetes. You can use a cream containing clotrimazole or swallow a tablet of fluconazole 150 mg. Women can also use a pessary, which is a tablet you push up into your vagina. But these have to be followed only under the supervision of your doctor.

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