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Dr. Manik S. Potwar

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I have irregular periods and while periods the flow is not enough this is happening from last 5 to 6 months

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Msc.Applied Psychology
Ayurveda, Bangalore
Hi. First you go for a blood check up regarding your haemoglobin level.Thyroid function tests like T3,T4,TSH
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Air Pollution - How it Affects Your Health?

General Physician, Chandigarh
Air Pollution - How it Affects Your Health?

Every moment from the minute we are born, we are constantly inhaling and exhaling air. However, we rarely think twice about the quality of the air that we breathe. Ideally, we should be inhaling air rich in oxygen, but today, the air we breathe is contaminated with carbon dioxide, particulate matter etc. as a result of air pollution. Breathing this polluted air can be extremely detrimental to your overall health.

What is air pollution?
Air pollution can be defined as the introduction of gases, fumes and dust particles that distort the natural balance of elements in the air. Pollution in the air spreads easily and is difficult to avoid. These elements that pollute the air can be classified as primary and secondary pollutants. Primary pollutants are gases or particles, such as carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides etc. that are directly emitted into the air. Pollutants that develop as a result of interaction between primary pollutants in the air are known as secondary pollutants. Smog, such as what is enveloping the Northern India today is one of the most common examples of this type of air pollution.

How is it measured?
Air pollution is measured by measuring the amount of pollutants such as Carbon monoxide, Ozone, Nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter with a diameter less than 10 micrometres and particulate matter with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres. This data is collected through monitoring stations in various cities and measured in the form of micrograms or milligrammes per cubic meter. For carbon monoxide and ozone this reading is taken as an average concentration of pollutant over 8 hours while for others it is averaged against 24 hours. This can be seen online on India’s air quality index.

What is the significance of air quality index(AQI)?
The air quality index is a visual representation of pollutant levels in the air around you. A quick glance at this colour coded map can tell you if the air outside your home is likely to harm you or not. The code is broken down into 6 levels ranging from green that signifies minimal impact to red that marks pollution levels that can harm a healthy person and seriously impact those who are already ill. The higher the AQI, the higher the level of air pollution.

How does it affect your health?
Watery eyes, coughing and wheezing are the most common results of breathing polluted air. The risk of falling ill due to air pollution is dependent on the pollutant type and amount and duration of exposure to the polluted air. Heart disease and lung disease patients, pregnant women and children under the age of 14 are most vulnerable to diseases caused by air pollution. Air pollution can aggravate respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses, damage cells in the lungs and put the heart and lungs under additional stress to pump oxygen. Long-term exposure to polluted air can cause the lungs to age faster, lead to decreased lung capacity and functioning and can also result in the development of asthma, bronchitis and even cancer. It can also cause heart attacks and shorten the lifespan of a person.

How can you protect yourself against the ill effects of air pollution?
Looking at the AQI levels of your city every morning should become a habit for city dwellers. If the pollutant levels are excessively high, it is advisable to stay indoors. On an average, air pollution and day temperatures have a direct relationship. Hence, avoid scheduling outdoor activities for the afternoons. Avoid routes that have heavy traffic and try carpooling or walking, biking etc. In areas where it is not possible to escape the pollution, use a handkerchief or face mask over your nose and mouth to filter the air. Eating fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants can help strengthen your immune system and shield your body against the ill effects of air pollution.

Within your house, clean the air conditioner and heater filters regularly and vacuum the house often. On days when the AQI is low, open your windows and allow fresh air to circulate. Sheets and stuffed toys are magnets for particulate matter in the air and hence should be washed often. Do not burn trash or allow people around you to do so.

Air pollution is a big problem to tackle and in order to fight it, requires effort from each and every individual. Take a look at the amount of pollution you generate and try reducing it. Car pooling and using public transport are often the first steps towards reducing your carbon emissions. Wherever possible use hand powered or electrically powered equipment instead of gasoline powered ones. Simply stating that the air is polluted will not help; get involved with the efforts being made in your locality to clean up the sources of this pollution. Remember that if you do not do your bit to fight this menace, it is you that will be harmed by it. If you wish to discuss any specific problem, you can consult a general physician.

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General Physician (AM)
Alternative Medicine Specialist, Chandigarh
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.


Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), also called hyperandrogenic anovulation (HA), or Stein?Leventhal syndrome, is one of the most common endocrinedisorders among women. PCOS has a diverse range of causes that are not entirely understood, but there is evidence that it is largely a genetic disease.

PCOS produces symptoms in approximately 5% to 10% of women of reproductive age (approximately 12 to 45 years old). It is thought to be one of the leading causes offemale subfertility and the most frequent endocrine problem in women of reproductive age. Finding that the ovaries appear polycystic on ultrasound is common, but it is not an absolute requirement in all definitions of the disorder.

The most common immediate symptoms are anovulation, excess androgenic hormones, and insulin resistance. Anovulation results in irregular menstruation,amenorrhea, and ovulation-related infertility. Hormone imbalance generally causes acne and hirsutism. Insulin resistance is associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes, andhigh cholesterol levels.The symptoms and severity of the syndrome vary greatly among those affected.


PCOS is a heterogeneous disorder of uncertain cause.

The severity of PCOS symptoms appears to be largely determined by factors such as obesity.

PCOS has some aspects of a metabolic disorder, since its symptoms are partly reversible. Even though considered as a gynecological problem, PCOS consists of 28 clinical symptoms.

Even though the name suggests that the ovaries are the cornerstone of disease pathology, cysts are a symptom instead of the cause of the disease. Some symptoms of PCOS will persist even if both ovaries are removed; the disease can appear even if cysts are absent. Since its first description by Stein and Leventhal in 1935, the criteria of diagnosis, symptoms, and causative factors are subject to debate. Gynecologists often see it as a gynecological problem, with the ovaries being the primary organ affected. However, recent insights show a multisystem disorder, with the primary problem lying in hormonal regulation in the hypothalamus, with the involvement of many organs. The name PCOD is used when there is ultrasonographic evidence. The term PCOS is used since there is a wide spectrum of symptoms possible, and cysts in the ovaries are seen only in 15% of people.

PCOS may be related to or exacerbated by exposures during the prenatal period, epigenetic factors, environmental impacts (especially industrial endocrine disruptors such as bisphenol A and certain drugs) and the increasing rates of obesity.

Not everyone with PCOS has polycystic ovaries (PCO), nor does everyone with ovarian cysts have PCOS; although a pelvic ultrasound is a major diagnostic tool, it is not the only one.


The primary treatments for PCOS include: lifestyle changes, medications and surgery.

Goals of treatment may be considered under four categories:

Lowering of insulin resistance levels
Restoration of fertility
Treatment of hirsutism or acne
Restoration of regular menstruation, and prevention of endometrial hyperplasia and endometrial cancer
General interventions that help to reduce weight or insulin resistance can be beneficial for all these aims, because they address what is believed to be the underlying cause.

As PCOS appears to cause significant emotional distress.


If you are overweight, weightloss may be all the treatment you need. A small amount of weight loss is likely to help balance your hormones and start up your menstrual cycle and ovulation.
Eat a balanced diet that includes lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products.
Get regular exercise to help you control or lose weight and feel better.
If you smoke, consider quitting.
Modern science has no remedy for PCOS. They have been looking at Alternative therapies for treatment. The chinese system of medicine believe PCOS is coneected to the liver. Ayurveda believes that PCOS is a Kapha disease.

Homeopathy/Biochemistry is a complete system that can treat this system and help the woman realise her dream. Your homeopath/Biochemist will take a complete casetaking and will arrive at the right remedy after going through your symptoms. Some of the important remedies in PCOS are:

Apis mellifica, Aurum iodatum, Calcarea carbonica, Colocynthis, Kali bromicum, Phosphorus, Thuja occidentalis.

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Masturbation In Men and Women - Quick Facts!

Sexual Health Clinic
Sexologist, Delhi
Masturbation In Men and Women - Quick Facts!

Masturbation is very common and most people indulge in it at some stage or the other in their lives. With online content becoming the main research material, there are lots of myths about masturbation in both men and women. Read on to know some of the common myths and facts about this in males and females.

Myth vs. Fact #1: The common myth is that men who masturbate regularly will have erectile dysfunction. The reality is that the body gets used to certain types of touch, like your own hand or vibrations, and therefore achieving pleasure with a partner may require slight practice and time. It, however, does not cause erectile dysfunction per se. It is a common belief that people who masturbate are sexually exhausted and would not be able to perform when actually with a partner. This is not true, for as long as the person is stimulated and desires sex, they can indulge in it with no cap on the number of instances that a person can be involved in the act.

Myth vs. Fact #2: Indulging in masturbation is an abnormal part of sexual growth. Though most would not admit it, there are anonymous studies which reveal a large number of people (about 70% of the boys and 60% of the girls) in the age group of 15 to 18 indulge in masturbation. This indicates that it is a very normal part of growing up. Children should be educated that it is normal to touch and explore the genitals, but should know the limitations.

Myth vs. Fact #3: People in relationships do not masturbate. Whether single or in a relationship, people masturbate, and this does not mean they are unhappy in their relationships. Depending on the levels of sexual desire and stimulation, some would indulge in masturbation despite being in a healthy relationship with a partner. Some people could indulge in the act together, which also has benefits like avoiding pregnancy.

Myth vs. Fact #4: Masturbation has no good effects. Just as sex acts as a good stress buster, masturbation does too. The good health benefits of masturbation include better sleep, reduced levels of stress and tension, improved concentration, reduced headaches, increased self-esteem, and an overall happy being. In women, this also helps improve vaginal dryness, which is a major cause of painful vaginal sex.

Myth vs. Fact #5: Masturbation has emotional side effects. Over indulgence surely can affect work, school, or social life, but it is not true for everybody. If that is the case, the person requires counselling. Else, it is a part of normal growing up and does not cause any physical or mental problems. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Why my periods are delayed by 17 days. please reply. Im. Not sexually active. Taking monsoon tablets. How many days it needs. To gt periods. 19 age.

MBBS, DNB (Obstetrics and Gynecology), MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Delhi
Why my periods are delayed by 17 days. please reply. Im. Not sexually active. Taking monsoon tablets. How many days i...
Dont know wht is monsoon tablets... however hormone tablets can be prescribed for periods but not with monsoon tabs!
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I am 25 years old female. My problem is my menstrual cycle is not regular. My height 5 ft5 inch and weight 65 kgs. What I should do?

MD-Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Haldwani
I am 25 years old female. My problem is my menstrual cycle is not regular. My height 5 ft5 inch and weight 65 kgs. Wh...
Hello- take 1 tsp black sesame seeds ten days before menses in the morning. Massage your abdomen clock wise daily with castor oil at night. Avoid carbohydrate rich diet if having constipation. Take a mild herbal laxative (trifla/isabgol) at bed time daily.
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Dear dr, May I know why oral is not an acceptable sex act.Is it a problem by doing with others or even between husband and wife.

MBBS, MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology, FMAS, DMAS
Gynaecologist, Noida
Hello, Its an unnatural sex and acceptable between husband and wife completely , based on mutual understanding.
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Just now confirmed its typhoid but had sex on yesterday night with my wife and she is pregnancy of 10 months. Due date is jan 13. Head is fixed. Whether it will affect both baby and wife. feeling about it. Can anyone please let me.

MBBS, Diploma In Ultrasound, Fellowship in Reproductive Medicine
IVF Specialist, Bangalore
Just now confirmed its typhoid but had sex on yesterday night with my wife and she is pregnancy of 10 months. Due dat...
Typhoid spreads by taking contaminated food .so isolate yourself. Make sure what she consumes food is cooked and boiled.
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My age is 35 and planning to get married by thus year. What things I need to take care so that I do not have any problem in my pregnancy. I know I am very late but it can be possible to have healthy pregnancy now also?

General Physician, Hisar
My age is 35 and planning to get married by thus year. What things I need to take care so that I do not have any prob...
Hi lybrate-user With advancement in medical technologies, and high level of awareness amongst women, age is no longer the biggest concern as long as expectant mothers carefully plan their pregnancies with utmost prenatal care.  1 Consistent prenatal care Whenever you get pregnant have regular check-ups. A proper prenatal care will include screenings, tests, counseling and thorough knowledge about the different symptoms and risks. These tests would include checking your blood pressure, blood sugar and urine samples for the amount of protein and sugar to detect any ailments. Be regular with prenatal tests: With advancing age, the risk of pregnancy complications can increase, including the chances of having an ectopic pregnancy. The prenatal tests suggested by your doctor are vital in keeping track of any health-related troubles like birth defects concerning the baby. These will help you in getting any such problems treated without any delay. More invasive tests like Amniocentesis can detect chromosomal birth defects up to 90% accuracy. Take prenatal vitamins: Whether you are trying to conceive, or have already tested positive, you must take prenatal vitamins as advised by your doctor. Usually doctors advise supplement consisting of minimum 400 mcg folic acid daily. The amount of folic acid requirement can vary from woman to woman. It is best to start prenatal vitamins at least 3 months prior to trying for conception. These vitamins will help in lowering the risk of any brain or spinal cord related defect in the baby. It is even more vital for older women as their babies are more susceptible to these diseases. Ensure a healthy diet: Eat a well-balanced diet comprising of fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk products, cereals etc. In addition, include calcium-rich products in your diet for stronger bones and teeth. Since folic acid is vital for the healthy growth of the baby in your womb, you can add some citrus fruits and dried beans in your meals. Quit smoking & cut down your alcohol consumption: Apart from following a nourishing diet, you need to stay away from alcohol and cigarettes. Smoking and drinking alcohol during your pregnancy can lead to birth defects in your child. Smoking can lead to low birth weight in newborn babies, and increase the chances of preeclampsia. Exercise frequently: Be regular with some kind of exercise routine. Mild exercises like yoga, walking and stretch-outs can help you to stay fit, stress-free, active and healthy during your entire term of pregnancy. Consult your doctor before starting with your workout schedule as some women are recommended to avoid certain exercises due to some health conditions. Maintaining ideal weight: It is important to gain an ideal amount of weight during your pregnancy as it helps to reduce the risk of preterm delivery, and slow growth of your baby. There is also less risk of developing pregnancy-related ailments like high blood pressure and gestational diabetes. If you normally have a healthy BMI, you would gain 11-15 kg during your term of nine months. On the other hand, if you were overweight before conceiving, you should aim to gain around 7-12 Kg.
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My period generally comes in 29 days but this time 34 days past period has not come. I was taking thyroid 12 mg tab that I stopped this month as tsh was nominal 2.05 Pls suggest what is the issue as I am not pregnant too.

MS - Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Thane
My period generally comes in 29 days but this time 34 days past period has not come. I was taking thyroid 12 mg tab t...
You should not stop Thyroid medicines without consulting your doctor. Do Free t3 Free t4 and TSH levels. Once in a while periods may get delayed because of hormonal disturbance or stress or simple ovarian cyst in previous cycle. You can patiently wait till total 40 days. If no periods then repeat urine pregnancy test and Consult your doctor regardless result. You can opt for ayurvedic medicines with panchakarma and modification in diet and lifestyle for irregular menses and Thyroid disorders under guidance of ayurvedic doctor.
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