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Shy about the colour of genitals

 

Having dark inner thighs is common. And, you will hardly find someone who is not facing this beauty problem. From excessive production of melanin to skin friction, obesity, and hormonal imbalance, there can be an array of reasons behind dark inner thighs. In medical terms, this condition is referred as hyperpigmentation. This is not an illness but just a common skin issue that can cause embarrassment. Generally people only focus on making their faces glow and often ignore this inner skin area. If you wish to get rid of the dark inner thighs, here are some home remedies that you can try and let us know the experience.

Lemon
Being an effective bleaching agent and having exfoliating properties, lemon can lighten the skin tone of your inner thighs, if applied topically in the area. Use only fresh lemon juice and leave it on the affected area for around 20 minutes. Later, remove it with the help of a wet cloth. In case you have a dry skin, don’t forget to dilute lemon juice with water. Applying it thrice a week can give you effective results.


Aloe Vera
Aloe vera can alleviate hyper pigmentation and make your inner thighs look lighter. It has rejuvenating properties too. To use it, all you need to do is to take aloe vera gel and apply it on your thighs. Massage the area and stop when the gel gets fully absorbed by the skin. Later, wash your inner thigh skin with warm water

Yogurt
Yogurt contains lactic acid that is known to have mild bleaching properties. It also contains zinc that has sunburn healing properties. That is why applying yogurt on your inner thighs can help you get rid of dark skin patches. You need to leave yogurt on skin for around 15 minutes. Then, wash it with lukewarm water. Follow this as a routine and soon you will see positive results.

Shy about the colour of my genitals, what can I do to lighten it? (beauty query)

Is it normal to have darker skin in the genital area? Is there a way to lighten it? Here are your answers.

I am a 25-year-old woman and am getting married in a few months. I have been getting Brazilian waxes for about two months now and I have noticed that the area around my genitals (vulva and inner thighs) is darker than the rest of my body. This bothers me as I am worried if my to-be husband will appreciate it. Is there any way to lighten the skin in this area? Does Brazilian wax have an effect where it can make the area darker than normal?

It is important to realise that the genital area is usually darker than the rest of your body. By producing more melanin (the pigment that gives your skin its natural colour) in that area, it is your body’s way of protecting the area from damage due to a number of factors including sunlight. Apart from that, there are also some other factors that could cause it to become darker — an infection, allergy to some product you have used or blemishes left behind after a boil has healed. Considering the area is quite sensitive


1. Potato juice: For this remedy, you need to first wash and peel half a potato. Now grate it and squeeze out its juice. To this juice, add a pinch of turmeric. Now mix this well and apply it on the area. Leave it on for about fifteen minutes and wash off the residue with some warm water. Being a natural bleach, potato juice helps lighten the skin colour in the area and turmeric acts as a natural antiseptic agent, preventing any infections.


2. Lemon and glycerine: Before you try this remedy make sure you do not have any open cuts or skin infections as lemon can sting when applied to these areas. For this remedy, take a spoon of glycerine and an equal quantity of lemon. Now mix the two well and apply it on the area. Leave it on for about fifteen minutes to half an hour and then wash it off with warm water. Lemon works as a natural bleach and glycerine moisturises the area, lightening the skin. Using this remedy once every day is perfect to see some great results.


3. Scrub: It is a good idea to exfoliate the area as it can help lighten the skin in that area too. A great natural scrub is orange peel powder. All you have to do is dry and crush some orange peel, mix it with some turmeric and lemon juice to make a paste. Now apply this paste on the area and gently scrub it using a circular motion. Make sure you are not too harsh as you scrub. If you do not have dried orange peels at your disposal, you can use a fresh peel too.


As for your question about a Brazilian wax, since it is just like waxing any other part of your body, a Brazilian wax does not darken the skin in that area. It actually helps reduce the hair growth, so you can be sure to have hair-free genitals for a few weeks at a stretch. Apart from that you could also apply ice to the area after the wax so as to reduce the swelling and redness. Also, make sure you wear loose fitting clothes right after the wax to help prevent any pain or soreness after the procedure

A word of caution: These are only home remedies and will take time to show results. If you notice an infection, please visit your doctor for a proper diagnosis. Also, do not apply any of these home remedies inside or around the mouth of your vagina as the skin in that area is highly sensitive and susceptible to infections

Do women have erections during sex like men? Expert speaks

Can a woman have her clitoris erected when she is sexually aroused? Find out!

Do you know that women do have erections too? Yes! We are talking about clitoral erection. Our clitoris gets an erection too, of course not like the penis but it does get firmer and stiffer when a woman is sexually aroused. This erection can happen due to other reasons too but sexual arousal is its main stimuli. Among the various signs of a woman’s sexual arousal, clitoral stimulation is also included. According to Dr Rajan Bhonsle who is a renowned sexologist, ‘A woman can have her clitoris erected when she is sexually aroused but what you must keep in mind is that it depend highly on the size and shape of the vagina of each woman.’

When you are sexually aroused the clitoris gets erected or stiffens and becomes enlarged and firm. However, it is not exclusively, associated with sexual arousal but is mostly seen when the woman is sexually aroused quite close to the penile erection in men.
What happens to the clitoris when it is erected?

The clitoris is the similar to the penis in the female body. Yes! Even though it is way smaller than the penis, the clitoris is the part that is jutting out your vagina on the top that is visible on the outside from the upper labial fold. Now when a woman is sexually aroused, the motion around that area increases the blood flow to the clitoris. This also results in increased secretions and lubrication of the vagina too. When the clitoris is engorged with blood two expandable erectile structures(known as corpora cavernosa) gets erected and that’s how your little clitoris gets an erection.


However, what you should know is that even though sexual arousal is the main stimuli that cause erection, it could happen due to other forms of physiological stimuli too


A glass of spinach juice can help you fight erectile dysfunction

We know that not everyone likes to hog on spinach like Popeye the sailor man but it can do wonders to your sex life.

There is no doubt that erectile dysfunction for a man is a really embarrassing problem. Many men try to hide this problem from their partner and suffer in silence. Inability to perform in bed has a psychological effect on them and also disturbs their inter-personal relationships. But men, listen up, there are lots that can be done to improve your situation before you end up taking pills to rectify the problem. There are a host of home remedies that you can try out. Most of these remedies work wonders to treat erectile dysfunction and usually have no side-effects

But first things first. Know that erectile dysfunction doesn’t happen just out of the blue. It isn’t like you were all well and having a great session in bed one night and the next time you gear up for some action you just fail to perform. In fact, erectile dysfunction happens slowly and gradually.

As a man ages, his chances of suffering from this condition also increases and ED is touted as an old man’s disease. But before it sets in, your body sends you too many signals, which you definitely ignore, to make you aware that all might not be well down there. If you didn’t know this then let us tell you that your performance in bed is directly proportional to your heart health. Yes, you heard it right, so it isn’t the penis that is suffering which needs attention but your heart


Cardiovascular problems in men set the stage for erectile dysfunction. Cardiovascular problems like hypertension, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases constrict the blood vessels throughout the entire body and it does the same with the minute blood vessels and capillaries in the penis too. This restricts blood flow to the major organs of the body including the penis. Lack of proper blood supply to the penile area makes it difficult for a man to achieve an erection during intercourse. So, the first step towards treating ED is to take care of heart health

If you are under medications, then it is better to talk to your doctor about your problem and get some prescribed pills for the same. This is because pills prescribed to treat cardiovascular problems can help to some extent to rectify problems with erection. Most of these medications help to dilate the blood vessels and improve circulation this makes the blood vessels in the penis dilated and improves blood flow down there, hence improving erection. However, your diet can also help to a large extent to improve erections and keep erectile dysfunction at bay

Foods that are rich in flavonoids and nitrates go a long way in providing protection against cardiovascular disease. Dietary flavonoids and nitrates can supplement nitric oxide which helps to improve circulation and lower blood pressure. Recent studies suggest that the combination of flavonoids and nitrates can enhance nitric oxide production in the stomach. Now, one food that is rich in nitrates is spinach. When consumed the nitrates is converted into nitric oxide which has a positive effect on the blood vessels. Nitric oxide helps the blood vessels to dilate and improve circulation – in all the major organs including the penis. This helps to boost heart health and fight erectile dysfunction too.

We know that not everyone likes to hog on spinach like Popeye the sailor man so we suggest that have a glass of spinach juice to reap its benefits. However, if you are under medication then ask your doctor how much spinach can be too much for you. Going overboard even with good foods is not advisable. So, have a discussion with your doctor before you get started with the same.

Reference:

1: Bondonno CP, Yang X, Croft KD, Considine MJ, Ward NC, Rich L, Puddey IB, Swinny E, Mubarak A, Hodgson JM. Flavonoid-rich apples and nitrate-rich spinach augment nitric oxide status and improve endothelial function in healthy men and women: a randomized controlled trial. Free Radic Biol Med. 2012 Jan 1;52(1):95-102. doi: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2011.09.028. Epub 2011 Oct 1. PubMed PMID: 22019438.

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