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Dr. Keerthika

Gynaecologist, Chennai

Dr. Keerthika Gynaecologist, Chennai
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Dr. Keerthika is a trusted Gynaecologist in Nanganallur, Chennai. You can visit him/her at Sri Venkateswara C M Hospital in Nanganallur, Chennai. You can book an instant appointment online with Dr. Keerthika on Lybrate.com.

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Diet Drinks vs. Regular Beverages: Which is Worse For Your Health?

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition (Delhi University)
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Panipat
Diet Drinks vs. Regular Beverages: Which is Worse For Your Health?
Why choosing diet drinks over regular beverages is not good for your health.

Have you switched to diet drinks from regular ones considering your weight or calorie intake? it probably is not the right choice. The reason is drinking diet beverages harms your body and will only result in more weight gain.

Although diet beverages are calorie free, they are added with artificial sweetener called aspartame which is reportedly 200 times sweeter than table sugar. This chemical adversely affects many body functions.

Effects of diet beverages on body in this list might suggest why you should continue your regular beverages occasionally, instead of shifting to diet drinks.

1. Increases belly fat
According to studies, the people who drank diet beverages showed increased waist size than the ones who drank the regular sugar drinks. The reason is believed to be the artificial sweetener and changed attitude towards food habits as the diet beverages easily justify high calorie food like burger, fries etc in turn. This is a concern as increased visceral fat, a body fat stored within abdominal cavity, is associated with increased risk of heart diseases and type 2 diabetes, the most common diabetes related to problems with insulin regulating the blood sugar.

2. Damage to brain
Aspartame is also known to damage brain by affecting the nerve cells and nerve endings in the cerebellum which are important for motor skills.

3. Low bone density
Drinking diet drinks lead to low bone mineral density and osteoporosis especially in females. Pelvic bone is most commonly affected in women by regular consumption of diet beverages.

4. Harmful for teeth
The diet beverages also contain large volume of citric acid which causes tooth erosion destroying tooth enamel in the regular users. The risk is comparatively less in the regular sugar drinks users.

5. Side effects
As aspartame may also interfere with different activities of brain, there are many side effects of diet drinks like headache, change in vision, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, memory loss, depression etc.

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I have got itching in my vagina from last few months also I am getting white discharge coming out from vagina on and off n after few minutes its become thick cheesy clots and after this itching starts in my vaginal area what is it what do I do is It harmful. please suggest.

MD-Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Haldwani
Hello- Under normal healthy conditions, the vagina maintains a certain amount of secretion that helps keep it moist. An increase in vaginal discharge takes place during excitement, sexual activity, masturbation, and anxiety; between menstrual periods, the day just before a period, during illness, or when a woman is physically worn out. However, vaginal discharge becomes a problem if it increases so much as to consistently stain undergarments; if it is purulent or bloodstained; or if it causes itching, soreness or burning. It can be cured with the help of ayurvedic medications and life style modification.
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I and my girlfriend had some cuddling on 10 April. We touched each other's private parts, we didn't had sex. After that she got her periods on right time 20th April But this time she didn't got her periods yet Are there any chances of her getting pregnant?

BHMS, MD - Acupuncture
Sexologist, Faridabad
I and my girlfriend had some cuddling on 10 April. We touched each other's private parts, we didn't had sex.
After th...
Hello, Mr. Lybrate-user, don't mind your girlfriend are not pregnant, some times any women period start +_ 2 day. Or some times hormonal imbalance or lack of hemoglobin, not coming proper period. Notes never pregnant any lady by touch, cudding and external sex. Or last 10 days of any menstrual cycle or new menstrual period before 10 days are fully safe conceive of baby.
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During intercourse sperm release in my vagina. Do not want pregnancy I hv 9 mnth girl child .how I know pregnancy occur or not. Last period 26 august. How I get rid of this problem .during intercourse condom got tear.

BHMS, MBA (Healthcare)
Homeopath, Hubli-Dharwad
During intercourse sperm release in my vagina. Do not want pregnancy I hv 9 mnth girl child .how I know pregnancy occ...
To confirm pregency best and simple method is to do Urine pregency test otherwise after some day you can also do USG whole abdomen. Chances of conception (pregency) is high in mid of a monthy menstrual cycle of a regular periods.
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After having yamini ls tablet for 24 days. There is a gap of 7 days. Can the menses take place on the sixth day or even on the seventh day?

MBBS (Gold Medalist, Hons), MS (Obst and Gynae- Gold Medalist), DNB (Obst and Gynae), Fellow- Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (ACOG, USA), FIAOG
Gynaecologist, Kolkata
After having yamini ls tablet for 24 days. There is a gap of 7 days. Can the menses take place on the sixth day or ev...
If you are planning to continue the drug for next cycle, the gap should be only for 4 days (when you are taking it for 24 days). Otherwise the efficacy as contraception will decline. Usually mens takes place after 3-4 days of pil free period.
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Choose Color Over White

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Choose Color Over White
Omit white food products: In order to benefit from the good stuff that fiber has to offer, choose grains over refined products. Such items as brown rice, whole grain breads, and whole wheat pasta are far better choices than their white counterparts. Also, since white sugar is basically empty calories, limit it as much as possible. Instead, choose honey for its antioxidant power as well as its sweetness. 25 grams of fiber per day is recommended.
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My mother is of around 50 years now and she is getting her bones weak and sometimes her legs also shivers while standing. What should I do?

DGO, MD, MRCOG, CCST, Accredation in Colposcopy
Gynaecologist, Kolkata
My mother is of around 50 years now and she is getting her bones weak and sometimes her legs also shivers while stand...
She should have a calcium and soya rich diet like nutrella, milk, yoghurt and paneer. She can also have calcium supplements. Exercise like plain walking is also of immense help.
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Is there any way to prevent pregnancy after 1 month of unprotected sex. Because 2 days back we had unprotected sex but her periods are already skrewed up because of the ipill. So should we take ipill again or just wait for the next period to come. Because already her periods are late by 15 days.

MBBS
General Physician, Chandigarh
Is there any way to prevent pregnancy after 1 month of unprotected sex. Because 2 days back we had unprotected sex bu...
Please don't use I pills so frequently it's not a contraceptive pill it is emergency pill and should be used only in emergency situation now you wait for your next cycles and become more carefull after that I don't know when you took the last pill but in case of uncertainty it's better not to take it as a matter of fact you are saying her periods are delayed su better to check her pregnancy status with either pregnancy test or ultrasound.
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Hello doctor im 8 months pregnant. I have genital diabetic. Suggest some diet plan for diabetes. Can I eat sabudana khichadi at breakfast? Which fruit and vegetables good for diabetes?

PGD IN ULTRAASONOGRAPHY, Non invasive cardiology course, MD - Medicine, MBBS
General Physician, Narnaul
Hello doctor im 8 months pregnant. I have genital diabetic. Suggest some diet plan for diabetes. Can I eat sabudana k...
Here is a sample Indian Diet Plan for Gestational Diabetes. Please note that the plan was made keeping an average Indian pregnant lady in mind. If you have any additional medical issues, it will be best to consult your personal dietitian or doctor before starting to follow our Indian Diet Plan for Gestational Diabetes. FOOD ITEMCALORIE (KCAL)PROTEIN (GMS) NUTRIFACT Early Morning:(7.00 Am) Kesar and cardamom + cinnamon flavored Milk (1 glass)1504Milk Is the best way to start your day, It will cool the acid rush down, and the nutrients in milk will be are absorbed better on empty stomach.(add 1-2 threads of kesar, and 1 pinch cardamom + cinnamon powder) Whole Wheat Rusks (2 pieces)502Dry Carbs in the Morning helps in relieving Morning Sickness Soaked Almonds (6 pieces)504It is a good souce of protein and omega 3 acids Breakfast (9.00 Am) Besan/ Mung dal chilla with chopped Palak and grated carrots – (2 medium sized)20012This low carb, high protein dish helps you control sugar rush in the mornings. Carrots and spinach help in providing fiber, keeps you away from skin and digestion problem during pregnancy, and cuts on the risk of baby developing jaundice at birth. Curd1 Soup Bowl (1 Soup Bowl)754curd Provides calcium, protein, Vit A and D very beneficial during pregnancy, And helps you enhance your mood during downs. OREgg Omlette (2 No.)16010Eggs are easy to make and best sources of proteins that helps in baby’s growth. Toasted Brown Bread (2 slices)1003Dry carbs Helps in relieving Morning sickness ORVegetable oats upama (1 soup bowl)2503Multi nutrients from veggies and good fiber to tackle constipation 11.00 Am Apple /Guava / Pomegranate (1 medium size)40–These fruits help in maintaining hydration and Ph balance in increasing blood volume. 12.00 Pm Coconut water / Lemonade (1 glass)30–It Benefits in constipation, sluggish digestion, heart burn and urinary tract infections during pregnancy LUNCH (1.30 Pm) Quinoa / Brown rice pulav with veggies (carrots, beans, capsicum, onions etc )- 1.5 soup bowl3506– Dal tadka / Fish curry (1 soup bowl)1506Fish helps in obtaining nutrients like pufa and mufa and good quality protein for development of the baby. Sliced cucumber (1 medium)40–Benefits of cucumber sliced tomatoes (2 medium size)40–Anti oxidant lycopene helps in taking care of metabolic wastes. (2.15 pm )Post Lunch walk (15 mins) This will help in better digestion and the pp sugar levels will decrease. 2.30 Pm Buttermilk (1 glass)401Helps in hydration and heart burn 4.30 Pm Tea (1 cup) / Milk502(use the masala mentioned below this diet plan, to make it healthy) Wheat and methi Khakara (2 medium) 1203Methi will help you with slow rise in sugar levels while whole wheat will ensure complex carb availability. 6.00 Pm 2 Table spoon – Museli / wheat flakes / oats bite (avoid the sugar coated cereals) 1205Museli is a wholesome food in itself and provides with all vital nutrients. It satisfies hunger and raises your sugar levels slowly, avoiding the sugar spikes in the blood. 1 bowl milk752Its iron content helps in increasing heamoglobin with increasing blood volume. 1 /2 apple with the peel20–Peel will help in keeping the fiber intact. Evening walks (15 mins) This helps in over all control in the blood sugar levels. 7.30 Pm Vegetable soup / Chicken soup (1 soup bowl)1252—– DINNER (8.00 Pm) Multi-grain roti with ghee (1 tsp )(2 medium size)2004These are easy to digest and do not burden the system. Helps in maintaining the BSL Palak paneer veg (1 bowl, home made)1504Good combination of protein and iron for baby’s growth. Spinach is rich in folic acid and iron and helps in maintaining healthy pregnancy. Koshimbir / salad (1 bowl)502Fiber helps in better digestion (9.15 pm )Post dinner walk (15 mins) This will help in better digestion and will lower the fasting blood sugar levels. 10.00 Pm Milk (1 glass)1504Along with good nutrition, a glass of warm milk at bedtime helps in getting a good night sleep. Soaked Almonds (6 pieces)504It is a good source of protein and omega 3 acids TOTAL232571.
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I am 36 years old. I have a female child aged 16. I am having irregular period problem. Especially while intercourse. Period starts on 20th day of mensuration period. Only few drops for four or five days. After 5 days one day full flow bleeding. In the starting period the colour is dark coffee brown. Kindly advice me in this regards.

DNB (Obstetrics and Gynecology), PGDHHM, MBBS
Gynaecologist, Delhi
I am 36 years old. I have a female child aged 16. I am having irregular period problem. Especially while intercourse....
Irregular menses problems may be due to hormonal imbalance. Get ultrasound of lower abdomen and thyroid profile done to ruleout the main cause of this happening.
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My name is ram and I am a male BT I want to change my gender into female its possible for me? Or can I am pregnant after this gender transformation!

MBBS, MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology, Fellowship in Laparoscopy, DNB (Obstetrics and Gynecology)
Gynaecologist, Delhi
My name is ram and I am a male BT I want to change my gender into female its possible for me? Or can I am pregnant af...
Okie, yes you can go ahead with sex transformation surgery under plastic surgeon. Vagina can b created for sexual intercourse, but pregnancy is not possible presently.
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I'm recently married 25 years female. During the first two months of our marriage I experienced orgasm during intercourse. Now it's 5 months since our marriage and I'm not having orgasm for most times. What may be the reason? I've heard tat g spot stimulation helps in getting orgasm. What is the spot? How can I find out the spot?

BHMS
Homeopath, Raebareli
I'm recently married 25 years female. During the first two months of our marriage I experienced orgasm during interco...
The best sexual position for female orgasms is a position in which the female has the control. It's very simple. This is the case for both genders - when you have the control, you orgasm much quicker. For example, when you are masturbating you ejaculate much faster than when you are receiving a hand job or a blow job. This is because when you are masturbating, you have the control; and when you are receiving a hand job or a blow job the control is in the female, seriously making the time you need for having an orgasm longer. The most traditional female controlled sexual position is the" woman on top" position. Actually, a variant of it (since sometimes you can have the control in that position as well) in which you just lay back and enjoy the pleasure, and she guides the action on top of you. Giving her the control will do a great job of quickening the female orgasm process.
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Hello Doc! So there are a lot of problems that I am facing at the moment. I’ll move ahead step by step. 1.Delayed period- I am 8 days late on my period, though I am not sexually active. 2.On and off anxiety and pain in different parts of body, eg: wrist, thighs knees and sometimes swelling in hands & feet. 3.Puffiness under eyes & face. 4.I feel tired and lethargic many times even if I have taken proper rest. My Background: I have a desk job, I do not exercise regularly. 10-15 minutes of walk is all that I do. I have normal diet, but I eat out 2-3 days every week. I sleep late at night & sometimes I have to force myself to sleep at night. I have been suggested that I may have high thyroid, for which I got my complete blood and urine test done. I am attaching my reports. Please take a look & suggest what is causing all this? Is it anything serious? Do I need to take medications or just a healthy life style could mend it. Please give me a detailed answer. Thyroid report: TT3: 1.53 TT4: 7.94 TSH: 18.65 Lipid Profile: Non HDL Cholesterol 145.3 Cholesterol/HDL Ratio 7.6 0.0 - 4.0 Calculated LDL / HDL Cholesterol Ratio 5.2 Cholesterol/HDL Ratio 7.6 0.0 - 4.0 Calculated LDL / HDL Cholesterol Ratio 5.2 Cholesterol - Total 167.2.

B.Sc(hons), Physics, B.H.M.S., PGDIT (software Engg)
Homeopath, Delhi
Hello Doc! So there are a lot of problems that I am facing at the moment. I’ll move ahead step by step. 1.Delayed per...
assuming point no 1 is having top priority. Medicine German reckeweg natrum mur 1M, single dose (4-5 drops in mouth) morning. sbl mag phos 6x/ 6 tabs 3 times a day. buy medicine from good homoeopathic shop. food mixed fruit juice daily evening. please continue treatment.
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Hi, I am 25 years old. Me and my fiance had sex on 29th of march, and I took an Ipill on 30th of march. My last period started on 21st of march. I did notice a dark brownish discharge today that is 13th of April. And the discharge was very little and was there only for a day. Kindly let me know if am safe and what could be the cause of this discharge.

MBBS
General Physician, Chandigarh
Hi, I am 25 years old. Me and my fiance had sex on 29th of march, and I took an Ipill on 30th of march. My last perio...
Ipill being a hormone tablet, it disturbs your period because of hormonal balance disturbances created by it hence the bleeding another thing is it could be your ovulation bleeding.
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After how many days of missed period can you do a pregnancy test at home, & which is the best pregnancy test kit available at chemist?

DGO, MD, MRCOG, CCST, Accredation in Colposcopy
Gynaecologist, Kolkata
After how many days of missed period can you do a pregnancy test at home, & which is the best pregnancy test kit avai...
Any of the tests are sensitive soon after you have missed your periods, specially in a morning sample.
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Placental Insufficiency - Know the Facts!

MBBS, DGO
Gynaecologist, Gurgaon
Placental Insufficiency -  Know the Facts!

The placenta is a link between you and your baby during pregnancy. It helps your baby to grow normally by providing it with food and oxygen. When the placenta is not able to do its work properly, the condition is called placental insufficiency or dysfunction.

Placental insufficiency is a serious complication of pregnancy and can happen when the placenta does not develop properly or is damaged. If this condition develops, the baby doesn’t get the nutrition and oxygen it needs to grow and can develop complications like low birth weight, premature birth, and birth defects. The mother can also develop dangerous complications if it’s left undiagnosed. Thus placental insufficiency must be diagnosed as early into the pregnancy to avoid these complications.

Causes of placental insufficiency
Actually, placental insufficiency is a blood flow disorder which happens due to a reduction in the mother’s blood supply. It can be triggered by vascular disorders, medications, lifestyle and  the following:         

  1. Diabetes
  2. Chronic hypertension
  3. Blood clotting disorders
  4. Serious anemia
  5. Blood thinners
  6. Smoking
  7. Drug abuse 

Other causes of placental insufficiency are cases where the placenta doesn’t attach properly to the uterine wall or if the placenta breaks away from it.

Symptoms
Unfortunately, there are no symptoms of this dangerous condition in the mother except that she may notice that the size of her uterus is smaller than in previous pregnancies.  She may also notice that the fetus is moving less than before. As far as symptoms of placental abruption or disruption go, there may be vaginal bleeding or pre-term labour contractions. In case placental insufficiency is not diagnosed, the mother can experience a serious fatal condition called Preeclampsia, which means high BP and protein in the urine as well as disruption of the placenta and pre-term birth. The picture for the baby is pretty dim too. The earlier placental insufficiency happens, the more grave the risk for the baby. The baby can suffer from:

  1. Cerebral palsy and learning disabilities
  2. Low body temperature 
  3. Low blood sugar 
  4. Premature birth
  5. Cesarean delivery
  6. Stillbirth
  7. Death

Placental insufficiency can’t be cured, but it can be managed. Once diagnosed, it can be managed through proper prenatal care like treating maternal high blood pressure or diabetes, education on preeclampsia and ways to self-monitor for the disease, frequent doctor visits, bed rest to conserve energy for the baby and consultation with a specialist. These can improve the baby’s chances of normal growth. 

Proper prenatal care of pregnant women is thus, very important as it can diagnose placental insufficiency early. A simple ultrasound can diagnose this dangerous condition by measuring the baby's size and growth, and assessing the size and placement of the placenta. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a gynaecologist and ask a free question.

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I had a miscarriage this evening. Got painful cramps and bleeding and within 30 minutes I passes a tissue like something want to ask that my miscarriage is complete or not? What are the risks and how to complete it please help me doctor.

MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Mumbai
Miscarriage is complete or not can only be diagnosed on ultrasound. So please visit your gynac and get the scan done if needed after examination.
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