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Govt Miraj Med College
Diploma in Family Medicine
M.Sc - Psychotherapy
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  • Diploma in Family Medicine, M.Sc - Psychotherapy
    Psychotherapist, Sexologist
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    People eat vada and samosas fried in recycled spoiled oil. Relish panipuri filled with'dirty' water. Eat pesticide laden vegetables and fruit. Pay money for a black liquid called coke or pepsi. Smoke, drink and chew tobacco like there is no tomorrow. And all this without thinking twice! but after a doctor writes a prescription, they ask in all seriousness.
    " _doctor, I hope there's no side effect for these.
  • M.Sc - Psychotherapy, Diploma in Family Medicine
    There are a lot of gyms and other health institutes that sell large amounts of health supplements in the form of powders, capsules, some even sell injections. It has been brought to our notice that these supplements are leaving a large population impotent and oligospermia.
    Steroid abuse disrupts the normal production of hormones in the body, causing both reversible and irreversible changes. Changes that can be reversed include reduced sperm production and shrinking of the testicles (testicular atrophy). Irreversible changes include male-pattern baldness and breast development (gynecomastia) in men. In one study of male bodybuilders, more than half had testicular atrophy and/or gynecomastia.
    I hope some regulation takes place on this misuse of drugs in bodybuilding.
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    World Sexual Health day- Dispel your myths !
  • M.Sc - Psychotherapy, Diploma in Family Medicine
    On the occasion of world sexual health day.
    This day is being celebrated every year since 2010 by world association for sexual health.
    This year the theme is sexual health: eilminate the myths.
    As talking about sex life is considered a taboo, a lot of myths and misconceptions related to sexuality are rampant in all age groups and all the populations, rich or poor, educated or uneducated. Most of the them are wrong beliefs and are potenetially harmful to one's sexual and marital health.

    Also, many industries are making huge amounts of money by feeding in such wrong beliefs to the society, such as spurious medicines, oils, illegal drugs, and such related services who offer miracle cures and charge huge amounts of money for conditions which are not even a disease. E. G dhat syndrome. They are doing so by instilling fear and ill-based beleifs in people's mind.

    For those who are interested in educating themselves and live a better healthy life, here are some discussions

    Some common myths dispelled

    1. Menstrual blood is impure and women become impure during menstruation.
    Correction: menstruation is normal physiological process in the womans body, there is nothing abnormal or sinister about it.

    2. If a couple is not able to have a baby, it is the woman who is" baanz" and responsible for not getting pregnant.
    Correction: in case of infertile couple the infertility factor may be due to either the male or the female or somtimes with both the partners.

    3: some women are unable to bear a male child! sometimes such woman is abandoned or divoreced.
    Correction: according to todays knowledge, the sex/gender of the unborn child depends entirely on the male sperm which has fertilised the ovum. If sperm carried the female chromosome the child will be a female and vice versa. So a woman has little of no role in determining the sex of the unborn child.

    4. Sex is only for procreation (for having babies) and not for recreation (for mutual enjoyement).
    Correction: in case of human being unlike animals, sex is basically meant for mutual pleasure and not just for having babies. Or else human beings will have to give birth to millions and trilions of babies every time they had sex, cause the semen contains millions of live sperms.

    5. Sex and sexual pleasure is the forte of the men and women are only supposed to comply to men's wishes.
    Correction: in human beings, both men and women are endowed with enough intelligence as well as body capacities. A women also has the capacity of wanting, and enjoying sex just as her male partner and for a happy couple life, both partners should make each other happy in bed too.

    6. The sex life ends with women's menopause and the men crossing 40 to 50 years of age.
    Correction: most men if are in good health after 40s, are able to remain sexually active well in their 70s or even 90s. Most women after late 30s or after menopause, in fact feel more interested in sex because they no longer fear getting pregnant.

    7. A man can get erection whenever he wants.
    Correction: just as a woman may have ups and downs of sexual desire, similarly men also go variation in their libido or erection depending upon physical condition, stress etc.

    8. Masturbation and night fall leads to sexual dysfunction and loss of sexual power.
    Correction: mastrubation and night fall are normal physiological processes of the body. They are as natural as feeling hungry and passing stools every day. They do not cause any loss of sexual power unless they have formed addictions.

    9. To satisfy women men should have long and thick penis.
    Correction: satisfaction depends upon the intimacy and communication between two partners and the mutual ability to pleasuer each other. It is the not the cup that matters, it is the coffee inside the cup which is important.

    10. A woman is virgin only if her hymen is not broken or only if she bleeds during first coitus.
    Correction: there are no sureshot methods to gauge the intactness of virginity in males as well as in females. In a woman, the hymen may be absent altogether or may have broken duing running or cycling etc.

    11. Sex and talking about sexual health is obscene and absurd.
    Correction: making it a taboo will in fact spread lot of false information. If treated in a scientific way, talking about sex can be as normal as talking about normal life events.

    12. Homosexuality is choice / homosexuality is a disease
    Correction: people do not choose to be homosexuals, they usually exhibit or express what they are really born with! one does need to rememebr there can be compelling factors such as blackmail, emotional/physical, or lack of availability of opposite sex partner.

    13: sex education spoils the youth and encourages them to experiemnt.
    Correction: any education imparts knowledge and helps you to make informed decisions, so is true with sex education. It makes one a responsible human being.

    Sexual health is the right of every person.
  • M.Sc - Psychotherapy, Diploma in Family Medicine
    The right to equality and non-discrimination.  
    The right to life, liberty, and security of the person.  
    The right to autonomy and bodily integrity.  
    The right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment.  
    The right to be free from all forms of violence and coercion.  
    The right to privacy.  
    The right to the highest attainable standard of health, including sexual health; with the possibility of having pleasurable, satisfying, and safe sexual experiences.  
    The right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its application.  
    The right to information.
    The right to education and the right to comprehensive sexuality education.  
    The right to enter, form, and dissolve marriage and other types of relationships based on equality and full and free consent.
    The right to decide whether to have children, the number and spacing of children, and to have the information and the means to do so.  
    The right to the freedom of thought, opinion, and expression.  
    The right to freedom of association and peaceful assembly.  
    The right to participation in public and political life.
    The right to access to justice, remedies, and redress.
  • M.Sc - Psychotherapy, Diploma in Family Medicine
    1: size: most men tend to believe the bigger the better!

    In reality size has little to do with satisfaction. What matters is the technique how you pleasure your partner and the communication between you two.

  • M.Sc - Psychotherapy, Diploma in Family Medicine
    September 4th is world sexual health day. Celebrated since 2010. The theme for this year is sexual health: eliminate the myths.
  • M.Sc - Psychotherapy, Diploma in Family Medicine
    The new draft surrogacy (regulation) bill, 2016

    commercial surrogacy is banned in most developed countries, including Australia, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Sweden, new Zealand, japan and Thailand. 

    now the new bill has banned it in India too.

    but the bill allows altruistic surrogacy, where women (near relative) can legally carry someone else's child if no money (other than medical cost and insurance), favor or coercion is involved.

    under the proposed law, only infertile Indian couples who have been married for at least 5 years can opt for surrogacy, while those who already have a child cannot do so.

    the law that insists that a surrogate woman has to be a close relative of the infertile couple would be" impractical" and may also raise the risk of the surrogacy industry, driven by demand, moving underground, spawning illegal transactions. People will start making fake documents that they are near relatives.

    the bill has penalty provisions for those violating the law when it comes into effect. The penalties include a huge monetary fine (10 lakh), and imprisonment (10 years) and even striking down the name from the medical register. This will increase paperwork. The records will have to be kept for 5 years and not 2 years.
  • M.Sc - Psychotherapy, Diploma in Family Medicine
    Porn shouldn't be primary source of sex education

    An Article

    A child in puberty relies more on peers rather than parents.

    Dr. Ashwini Billampelly, a Pune-based sexologist, said" let's accept the fact that pornography, these days, is something you can't hide your child from. The only thing parents and teachers can do is earn their child's faith before it's too late"
  • M.Sc - Psychotherapy, Diploma in Family Medicine
    Stress Management

    Stress is a phenomenon which makes us fight the acutely dangerous situations.

    The FIGHT or FLIGHT esponse

    Is stress really bad?
    How and why you get stress.
    Dealing with distress.
    Becoming a winner

    Stress is a psychological and physiological response to events that upset our personal balance in some way.

    These events or demands are known as stressors. Stressors are present everywhere all the time.

    Stress is a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize

    The stress response

    The short-term 'Fight or flight' response - basic survival instinct.

    The long-term 'General Adaptation Syndrome' - a long-term effect of exposure to stress.

    A third mechanism comes from

    'The way we think and interpret the situations in which we find ourselves.'

    The short-term 'Fight or flight' response - basic survival instinct.

    The long-term 'General Adaptation Syndrome' - a long-term effect of exposure to stress.

    A third mechanism comes from

    The way we think and interpret the situations in which we find ourselves.

    The short-term 'Fight or flight' response basic survival instinct.

    The long-term 'General Adaptation Syndrome' a long-term effect of exposure to stress.

    A third mechanism comes from

    'The way we think and interpret the situations in which we find ourselves.'

    Work Place Stress

    Environmental stressors

    Change of place
    Team interactions
    Goals and targets
    Time constraints
    Definition of job profile
    Traveling to and fro from the workplace
    Long irregular hours of work
    Lack of job satisfaction
    Less time with family and friends
    High Performance Demand
    Social Status

    Common symptoms

    Sleep disturbance
    Upset stomach
    Difficulty concentrating
    Low morale
    Poor relations with family and friends

    Stress plays an important role in several types of ongoing health problems

    Cardiovascular disease
    Musculoskeletal conditions
    Psychological disorders
    Hormonal Imbalance
    Substance Abuse

    Stress Management

    The effective goal of stress management is the effective use of energy by:

    Learning to recognize the symptoms of stress
    Learning skills to control these symptoms
    Practicing and using these skills
    Find Ways to Dispel Stress

    If you feel stress building, take a break. Walk away from the situation. Take a stroll around the block, sit on a park bench, or spend a few minutes meditating. Exercise does wonders for the psyche by releasing endorphins, the 'feel good hormones' But even just finding a quiet place and listening to your iPod can reduce stress.

    Cultivate allies at work. Just knowing you have one or more co-workers who are willing to assist you in times of stress will reduce your stress level. Just remember to reciprocate and help them when they are in need

    Management of Self

    Shying away from Stressors is not going to solve your problem.

    1.Have realistic expectations
    2.Reframe problems
    3.Accept. Don't live in Denial
    4.Excessive involvement. Don't try to control events or other people

    1.Maintain your sense of humor
    2.Express your feelings instead of bottling them up
    3.Whatever may be the stage of life, remember change is inevitable, circumstances as well as roles in life.
    4.Remain adaptable and open to change.

    Avoid comparison. The grass is always greener on the other side

    When it comes to mind and matter

    If you don't mind, it doesn't matter!
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    Whether you're a teen smoker or a lifetime pack-a-day smoker, quitting can be tough. But the more you learn about your options and prepare for quitting, the easier the process will be. With the right game plan tailored to your needs, you can break the addiction, manage your cravings, and join the millions of people who have kicked the habit for good.

    Why quitting smoking can seem so hard

    Smoking tobacco is both a physical addiction and a psychological habit. The nicotine from cigarettes provides a temporary, and addictive, high. Eliminating that regular fix of nicotine will cause your body to experience physical withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Because of nicotine's 'feel good' effect on the brain, you may also have become accustomed to smoking as a way of coping with stress, depression, anxiety, or even boredom.

    At the same time, the act of smoking is ingrained as a daily ritual. It may be an automatic response for you to smoke a cigarette with your morning coffee, while taking a break from work or school, or during your commute home at the end of a long day. Perhaps friends, family members, and colleagues smoke, and it has become part of the way you relate with them.

    To successfully quit smoking, you'll need to address both the addiction and the habits and routines that go along with it.

    Your Personal Stop Smoking Plan

    While some smokers successfully quit by going cold turkey, most people do better with a plan to keep themselves on track. A good plan addresses both the short-term challenge of quitting smoking and the long-term challenge of preventing relapse. It should also be tailored to your specific needs and smoking habits.

    Questions to ask yourself

    Take the time to think of what kind of smoker you are, which moments of your life call for a cigarette, and why. This will help you to identify which tips, techniques or therapies may be most beneficial for you.

    Do you feel the need to smoke at every meal?
    Are you more of a social smoker?
    Is it a very bad addiction (more than a pack a day)? Or would a simple nicotine patch do the job?
    Do you reach for cigarettes when you're feeling stressed or down?
    Are there certain activities, places, or people you associate with smoking?
    Is your cigarette smoking linked to other addictions, such as alcohol or gambling?
    Are you open to hypnotherapy and/or acupuncture?
    Are you someone who is open to talking about your addiction with a therapist or counselor?
    Are you interested in getting into a fitness program?
    Start your stop smoking plan with START

    S = Set a quit date.

    Choose a date within the next 2 weeks, so you have enough time to prepare without losing your motivation to quit. If you mainly smoke at work, quit on the weekend, so you have a few days to adjust to the change.

    T = Tell family, friends, and co-workers that you plan to quit.

    Let your friends and family in on your plan to quit smoking and tell them you need their support and encouragement to stop. Look for a quit buddy who wants to stop smoking as well. You can help each other get through the rough times.

    A = Anticipate and plan for the challenges you'll face while quitting.

    Most people who begin smoking again do so within the first 3 months. You can help yourself make it through by preparing ahead for common challenges, such as nicotine withdrawal and cigarette cravings.

    R = Remove cigarettes and other tobacco products from your home, car, and work.

    Throw away all of your cigarettes (no emergency pack!), lighters, ashtrays, and matches. Wash your clothes and freshen up anything that smells like smoke. Shampoo your car, clean your drapes and carpet, and steam your furniture.

    T = Talk to your doctor about getting help to quit.

    Your doctor can prescribe medication to help with withdrawal and suggest other alternatives. If you can't see a doctor, you can get many products over the counter at your local pharmacy or grocery store, including the nicotine patch, nicotine lozenges, and nicotine gum.

    How to quit smoking: Identify your smoking triggers

    One of the best things you can do to help yourself quit is to identify the things that make you want to smoke, including specific situations, activities, feelings, and people.

    Keep a craving journal

    A craving journal can help you zero in on your patterns and triggers. For a week or so leading up to your quit date, keep a log of your smoking. Note the moments in each day when you crave a cigarette:

    What time was it?
    How intense was the craving (on a scale of 1-10)?
    What were you doing?
    Who were you with?
    How were you feeling?
    How did you feel after smoking?
    Do you smoke to relieve unpleasant or overwhelming feelings?

    Managing unpleasant feelings such as stress, depression, loneliness, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common reasons why adults smoke. When you have a bad day, it can seem like cigarettes are your only friend. As much comfort as cigarettes provide, though, it's important to remember that there are healthier (and more effective) ways to keep unpleasant feelings in check. These may include exercising, meditating, using sensory relaxation strategies, and practicing simple breathing exercises.

    For many people, an important aspect of quitting smoking is to find alternate ways to handle these difficult feelings without smoking. Even when cigarettes are no longer a part of your life, the painful and unpleasant feelings that may have prompted you to smoke in the past will still remain. So, it's worth spending some time thinking about the different ways you intend to deal with stressful situations and the daily irritations that would normally have you reaching for a cigarette.

    Tips for avoiding common smoking triggers

    Alcohol. Many people have a habit of smoking when they drink. TIP: switch to non-alcoholic drinks or drink only in places where smoking inside is prohibited. Alternatively, try snacking on nuts and chips, or chewing on a straw or cocktail stick.
    Other smokers. When friends, family, and co-workers smoke around you, it is doubly difficult to quit or avoid relapse. TIP: Your social circles need to know that you are changing your habits so talk about your decision to quit. Let them know they won't be able to smoke when you're in the car with them or taking a coffee break together. In your workplace, don't take all your coffee breaks with smokers only, do something else instead, or find non-smokers to have your breaks with.
    End of a meal. For some smokers, ending a meal means lighting up, and the prospect of giving that up may appear daunting. TIP: replace that moment after a meal with something such as a piece of fruit, a (healthy) dessert, a square of chocolate, or a stick of gum.
    How to quit smoking: Coping with nicotine withdrawal symptoms

    Once you stop smoking, you will experience a number of physical symptoms as your body withdraws from nicotine. Nicotine withdrawal begins quickly, usually starting within thirty minutes to an hour of the last cigarette and peaking about 2 to 3 days later. Withdrawal symptoms can last for a few days to several weeks and differ from person to person.

    Common nicotine withdrawal symptoms include:

    Cigarette cravings
    Irritability, frustration, or anger
    Anxiety or nervousness
    Difficulty concentrating
    Increased appetite
    Increased coughing
    Constipation or upset stomach
    Decreased heart rate
    Unpleasant as these withdrawal symptoms may be, they are only temporary. They will get better in a few weeks as the toxins are flushed from your body. In the meantime, let your friends and family know that you won't be your usual self and ask for their understanding.

    Coping with Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms



    Craving for cigarette

    Most intense during first week but can linger for months

    Wait out the urge; distract yourself; take a brisk walk.

    Irritability, impatience

    Two to four weeks

    Exercise; take hot baths; use relaxation techniques; avoid caffeine.


    Two to four weeks

    Avoid caffeine after 6 p.m.; use relaxation techniques; exercise; plan activities (such as reading) when sleep is difficult.


    Two to four weeks

    Take naps; do not push yourself.

    Lack of concentration

    A few weeks

    Reduce workload; avoid stress.


    Several weeks or longer

    Drink water or low-calorie drinks; eat low-calorie snacks.

    Coughing, dry throat, nasal drip

    Several weeks

    Drink plenty of fluids; use cough drops.

    Constipation, gas

    One to two weeks

    Drink plenty of fluids; add fiber to diet; exercise.

    Adapted with permission from Overcoming Addiction: Paths Toward Recovery, a special health report from Harvard Health Publications.

    How to quit smoking: Manage cigarette cravings

    Avoiding smoking triggers will help reduce the urge to smoke, but you can't avoid cravings entirely. But cigarette cravings don't last long, so if you're tempted to light up, remember that the craving will pass and try to wait it out. It also helps to be prepared in advance. Having a plan to cope with cravings will help keep you from giving in.

    Distract yourself. Do the dishes, turn on the TV, take a shower, or call a friend. The activity doesn't matter as long as it gets your mind off of smoking.
    Remind yourself why you quit. Focus on your reasons for quitting, including the health benefits, improved appearance, money you're saving, and enhanced self-esteem.
    Get out of a tempting situation. Where you are or what you're doing may be triggering the craving. If so, a change of scenery can make all the difference.
    Reward yourself. Reinforce your victories. Whenever you triumph over a craving, give yourself a reward to keep yourself motivated.
    Coping with Cigarette Cravings in the Moment

    Find an oral substitute

    Keep other things around to pop in your mouth when cravings hit. Good choices include mints, hard candy, carrot or celery sticks, gum, and sunflower seeds.

    Keep your mind busy

    Read a book or magazine, listen to some music you love, do a crossword or Sudoku puzzle, or play an online game.

    Keep your hands busy

    Squeeze balls, pencils, or paper clips are good substitutes to satisfy that need for tactile stimulation.

    Brush your teeth

    The just-brushed, clean feeling can help get rid of cigarette cravings.

    Drink water

    Slowly drink a large, cold glass of water. Not only will it help the craving pass, but staying hydrated helps minimize the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.

    Light something else

    Instead of lighting a cigarette, light a candle or some incense.

    Get active

    Go for a walk, do some jumping jacks or pushups, try some yoga stretches, or run around the block.

    Try to relax

    Do something that calms you down, such as taking a warm bath, meditating, reading a book, or practicing deep breathing exercises.

    Preventing weight gain after you've stopped smoking

    Weight gain is a common concern when quitting smoking. Some people even use it as a reason not to quit. While it's true that many smokers put on weight within six months of stopping smoking, the gain is usually small about 5 pounds on average and that initial gain decreases over time. It's also important to remember that carrying a few extra pounds for a few months won't hurt your heart as much as smoking will. Of course, gaining weight is NOT inevitable when you quit smoking.

    Smoking acts as an appetite suppressant. It also dampens your sense of smell and taste. So after you quit, your appetite will likely increase and food will seem more appealing. Weight gain can also happen if you replace the oral gratification of smoking with eating, especially if you turn to unhealthy comfort foods. So it's important to find other, healthy ways to deal with stress and other unpleasant feelings rather than mindless, emotional eating.

    Nurture yourself. Instead of turning to cigarettes or food when you feel stressed, anxious, or depressed, learn new ways to soothe yourself.
    Eat healthy, varied meals. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and limit your fat intake. Seek out low-fat options that look appetizing to you and you will actually eat. Avoid alcohol, sugary sodas, and other high-calorie drinks.
    Drink lots of water. Drinking lots of water at least six to eight 8 oz. glasses will help you feel full and keep you from eating when you're not hungry. Water will also help flush toxins from your body.
    Take a walk. Walking is a great form of exercise. Not only will it help you burn calories and keep the weight off, but it will also help alleviate feelings of stress and frustration that accompany smoking withdrawal.
    Snack on low-calorie or calorie-free foods. Good choices include sugar-free gum, carrot and celery sticks, sliced bell peppers or jicama, or sugar-free hard candies.
    Medication and therapy to help you quit smoking

    There are many different methods that have successfully helped people to quit smoking, including:

    Quitting smoking cold turkey.
    Systematically decreasing the number of cigarettes you smoke.
    Reducing your intake of nicotine gradually over time.
    Using nicotine replacement therapy or non-nicotine medications to reduce withdrawal symptoms.
    Utilizing nicotine support groups.
    Trying hypnosis, acupuncture, or counseling using cognitive behavioral techniques.
    You may be successful with the first method you try. More likely, you'll have to try a number of different methods or a combination of treatments to find the ones that work best for you.

    Medications to help you stop smoking

    Smoking cessation medications can ease withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings, and are most effective when used as part of a comprehensive stop smoking program monitored by your physician. Talk to your doctor about your options and whether an anti-smoking medication is right for you. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved options are:

    Nicotine replacement therapy. Nicotine replacement therapy involves 'replacing' cigarettes with other nicotine substitutes, such as nicotine gum or a nicotine patch. It works by delivering small and steady doses of nicotine into the body to relieve some of the withdrawal symptoms without the tars and poisonous gases found in cigarettes. This type of treatment helps smokers focus on breaking their psychological addiction and makes it easier to concentrate on learning new behaviors and coping skills.

    Non-nicotine medication. These medications help you stop smoking by reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms without the use of nicotine. Medications such as bupropion (Zyban) and varenicline (Chantix) are intended for short-term use only.

    Alternative therapies to help you stop smoking

    There are several things you can do to stop smoking that don't involve nicotine replacement therapy or prescription medications: Ask your doctor for a referral or see Resources and References below for help finding qualified professionals in each area.

    Hypnosis A popular option that has produced good results. Forget anything you may have seen from stage hypnotists, hypnosis works by getting you into a deeply relaxed state where you are open to suggestions that strengthen your resolve to quit smoking and increase your negative feelings toward cigarettes.
    Acupuncture One of the oldest known medical techniques, acupuncture is believed to work by triggering the release of endorphins (natural pain relievers) that allow the body to relax. As a smoking cessation aid, acupuncture can be helpful in managing smoking withdrawal symptoms.
    Behavioral Therapy Nicotine addiction is related to the habitual behaviors (the 'rituals') involved in smoking. Behavior therapy focuses on learning new coping skills and breaking those habits.
    Motivational Therapies Self-help books and websites can provide a number of ways to motivate yourself to quit smoking. One well known example is calculating the monetary savings. Some people have been able to find the motivation to quit just by calculating how much money they will save. It may be enough to pay for a summer vacation.
    Smokeless or spit tobacco is NOT a healthy alternative to smoking

    Smokeless tobacco, otherwise known as spit tobacco, is not a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes. It contains the same addictive chemical, nicotine, contained in cigarettes. In fact, the amount of nicotine absorbed from smokeless tobacco can be 3 to 4 times the amount delivered by a cigarette.

    What to do if you slip or relapse

    Most people try to quit smoking several times before they kick the habit for good, so don't beat yourself up if you start smoking again. Turn the relapse into a rebound by learning from your mistake. Analyze what happened right before you started smoking again, identify the triggers or trouble spots you ran into, and make a new stop-smoking plan that eliminates them.

    It's also important to emphasize the difference between a slip and a relapse. If you slip up and smoke a cigarette, it doesn't mean that you can't get back on the wagon. You can choose to learn from the slip and let it motivate you to try harder or you can use it as an excuse to go back to your smoking habit. But the choice is yours. A slip doesn't have to turn into a full-blown relapse.

    I started smoking again, now what?

    Having a small setback doesn't mean you're a smoker again. Most people try to quit smoking several times before they kick the habit for good. Identify the triggers or trouble spots you ran into and learn from your mistakes.

    You're not a failure if you slip up. It doesn't mean you can't quit for good.
    Don't let a slip become a mudslide. Throw out the rest of the pack. It's important to get back on the non-smoking track now.
    Look back at your quit log and feel good about the time you went without smoking.
    Find the trigger. Exactly what was it that made you smoke again? Decide how you will cope with that issue the next time it comes up.
    Learn from your experience. What has been most helpful? What didn't work?
    Are you using a medicine to help you quit? Call your doctor if you start smoking again. Some medicines cannot be used if you are smoking at the same time.
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    How to begin your sex life
    Prepare yourself- GET READY mentally and physically.
    Make sure you are healthy and normally developed.
    Seek premarital counselling session from an expert sexologist. Do the investigations if necessary.
    Learn about your body and your partner. Share your ideas about hygiene and mend your ways.
    Get well acquainted. Develop a rapport with your partner.
    Whether an arranged or a love marriage; good communication, sharing your sexual fantasies, body image, expectations in life, health issues is a must. Many people think putting out their best foot is essential to impress a would-be partner. But in time you will realise HONESTY is the most attractive quality in a spouse.
    Do not commit to a relationship until you are absolutely sure of what you want. If you are anxious about your sexuality, do not rush in anything. Also separate any feelings of guilt attached to your sexual being.
    Interpersonal comfort is very essential in a couple’s life. Find what you like the most about each other and appreciate your partner frequently. You can begin with the “likes” and then point to minor “dislikes” in that order!. That minimizes the impact and hurt caused by criticism. Remember criticism is a part of good communication and both partners should be mature enough to take it lightly.
    Wish you happy life !
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    Remember whatever is good for your heart is good for the penis.
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