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Health Screening!

Dt. Archna Gupta 88% (678 ratings)
PG Diploma in Nutrition & Dietetics, M.Sc.in Food & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Ghaziabad
Health Screening!

HEALTH SCREENING 

ARE YOU UP TO DATE?     

REGULAR HEALTH CHECKS CAN KEEP YOU HEALTHY AND HEAD OFF MAJOR PROBLEMS. READER’S DIGEST HAS THE RUN-DOWN ON THE SCREENING TESTS THAT HELP YOU STAY IN TOP FROM     

AGE

TEST

DESCRIPTION

FREQUENCY

COMMENTS

FROM

2 YRS

DENTAL CHECK-UP

 REGULAR EXAMINATION  BY A DENTIST

EVERY 12 MONTHS

TIMINING VISITS SHOULD BE ASSESSED BY DENTIST ON A CASE –BY-CASE BASIS

FROM SCHOOL AGE

EYE CHECK

THOROUGH OF EYE HEALTH AND VISION BY AN OPHTHALMOLOGIST

EVERY 2 YEARS

CHECKS MAY NEED TO BE MORE OFTEN IF ADVISED BY OPHTHALMOLOGIST

FROM

18 YRS

BLOOD PRESSUR

BP CUFF APPLIED TO ARM BY GP

EVERY 12 MONTH

MORE FREQUENTLY IF YOU HAVE RISKY LIFESTYLE FACTORS OR ARE AT HIGH RISK DUE TO FAMILY HISTORY OF HIGH BP

FROM

 18 YRS

CHOLESTEROL AND LIPIDS

BLOOD TEST ORDERED BY GP

EVERY 12 MONTHS

MORE FREQUENTLY IF YOU HAVE RISK FACTOR AND FAMILY HISTORY OF PREMATURE CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE OR EXISTING DIAGNOSES

FROM ADVENT OF SEXUAL ACTIVITY

CHLAMYDIA

BLOOD TEST ORDERED BY GYNAECOLOGIST/UROLO-GIST

EVERY 1-2 YEARS

GYNAECOLOGIST/UROLOGIST MAY ASK ABOUT SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS

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Know About STD!

Dr. Vinod Raina 89% (5325 ratings)
MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Know About STD!

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs, venereal diseases) are among the most common infectious diseases in the United States today. STDs are sometimes referred to as sexually transmitted infections, since these conditions involve the transmission of an infectious organism between sex partners. More than 20 different STDs have been identified, and about 19 million men and women are infected each year in the India . 

LGBT people get a life in India as SC strikes down Section 377

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
General Physician, Faridabad
LGBT people get a life in India as SC strikes down Section 377

Not only for 'freedom of speech' and 'freedom of expression', India now stands for 'freedom to love', after the Supreme Court partially struck down Section 377 as unconstitutional.

In the landmark verdict, which ran into 493 pages, the apex court has given green signal to gay and lesbians sex between consenting adults in private.

Apart from having a huge positive social impact, the SC verdict also has a significant health aspect as well.

Earlier, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community people could not speak up about it in public and often used to find themselves in an embarrassing situation. They were even ridiculed by their companions for their sexual orientation.

In the past, there have been instances of LGBT community people being thrashed by mob after some altercation, as our society is still very critical of them.

This was not only heartbreaking but was also hugely impacting the mental health of homosexuals, as there is nothing these they could do to change their sexual interests.

Such atmosphere was giving LGBT people great mental trauma resulting in several mental disorders like anxiety, depression, stress, personality disorder, suicidal tendency and more.

The percentage of such physiological issues is likely to reduce among Indians after the SC decision.

Another health aspect that the LGBT community should always keep in mind is the risk of sexually transmitted diseases, like HIV/AIDS, gonorrhea, genital herpes, syphilis and more. They are always at a higher risk of suffering from these diseases whenever they practice unsafe sex. Hence, they are recommended to use protection before indulging in sexual activity.

With the Supreme Court ruling, the atmosphere for the LGBT community is expected to see a change in the country. Now with this freedom, the LGBT people should start thinking about their mental and physical health to live a happy life.

They should never shy away from consulting a doctor to resolve their problems as unhealthy mind or body will only spoil their life.

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World Sexual Health Day!

Dr. Sharmila Majumdar 96% (1635 ratings)
MS Human Sexuality, M.Phil Clinical Psychology, PhD (Behaviour Modification), Certified In Treatment of Resistant Depression, Certificate course to be Sexuality Educator
Sexologist, Hyderabad
World Sexual Health Day!

In 2010, the world association for sexual health called all their organisations to celebrate, on each september 4th, world sexual health day in an effort to promote a greater social awareness on sexual health across the globe. Annually observed on september 4 since 2010, world sexual health day is an awareness day managed by the world association for sexual health, a global advocacy organization committed to promoting best practices in sexual health. It is celebrated annually on september 4th and attempts to break down social and cultural taboos associated with sexuality and to promote positive sexual health around the world, in an effort to promote a greater social awareness on sexual health across the globe.

Strongly advocating safe sexual practice, proper hygiene, when we are living in an era of sexually transmitted infections, poor or no knowledge about the medical aspects of sexual health, right scientific knowledge will promote good family relationships, bringing down divorce rates, infections, infertility, child sexual abuse, sexual crimes against women, male and female sexual dysfunction and make our young citizens aware and conscious about their sexual health.


What people need are

1. Program that teach skills like condom use and talking about hiv with a partner.

2. Comprehensive sex education.

3. Youth friendly services

4. Community health efforts that include young people

5. Not sharing needles and stop drug usage

6. Finally going to a sexologist to treat various sexual health problems in order to have a healthy sexual life and not suffer in isolation and ignorance.

Lets all take a pledge to be responsible about our sexual health to lead a more fulfilling life free of sexually transmitted infections, infertility, male and female dysfunctions, sexual abuses, etc.
 

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases!

Dr. Vinod Raina 89% (5325 ratings)
MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are infections that are passed from one person to another through sexual contact. The causes of STDs are bacteria, parasites, yeast, and viruses. There are more than 20 types of STDs, including

Chlamydia
Genital herpes

Gonorrhea
HIV/AIDS
HPV
Syphilis
Trichomoniasis

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Vaginal Itching - Know The Most Common Causes Of It!

Dr. Varshali Mali 93% (29 ratings)
MBBS, DNB (Obstetrics and Gynecology)
Gynaecologist, Pune
Vaginal Itching - Know The Most Common Causes Of It!

Vaginal itching is a condition which occurs when the vagina comes in contact with irritants or because of a vaginal infection. Menopause may also lead to conditions that trigger itching in the vagina. In some cases, sexually transmitted diseases and skin allergies also lead to vaginal itching. The conditions in itself is not a major cause of concern, however, one should consult a doctor to treat the underlying condition, if any.

Causes-

The main component of vaginal itching is the trigger, as there can be many of them. The various causes of vaginal itching are-

  1. Irritants: Vaginal contact with certain irritants can be the cause behind vaginal itching. Some common substances that irritate the vagina are:

    1. Creams

    2. Ointments

    3. Detergents

    4. Harsh soaps

    5. Topical contraceptives

    6. Scented toiletries

  2. Infections in the Vagina: Infections in the vagina such as bacterial vaginosis and yeast infection can lead to vaginal itching. In addition to the vaginal itching, they can also lead to a foul-smelling discharge from the vagina.

  3. Sexually Transmitted Diseases: STDs such as gonorrhea and chlamydia are disorders, symptoms of which include itching in the vagina.

  4. Medical Conditions: Medical conditions like Diabetes Mellitus, recent antibiotic use, wearing the Intrauterine device.

  5. Menopause: During menopause, the estrogen levels in the body dip, thus resulting in a dry vagina. A dry vagina can sometimes lead to vaginal itching.

  6. Skin Problems: Certain skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis can result in itching and redness in the genitals. Eczema is a condition which is akin to allergies. Psoriasis is a condition which is characterized by itchy, scaly and red patches on the skin. These symptoms may slowly start spreading to the vagina.

Treatments-

The treatment for vaginal itching begins with a diagnosis of the underlying condition that might be causing it in the first place. The treatment for this disorder is cause specific; hence the underlying condition needs to be identified. Antibiotics and antifungal medications may be administered to treat vaginal itching. For menopause related causes, estrogen creams or tablets are required.

You can also take preventive measures such as:

  1. Avoid using scented soaps.

  2. Use protection during sex.

  3. Wear cotton based underwear.

  4. Maintain personal hygiene.

  5. Stop vaginal douching, or any other over-the-counter vaginal hygiene products. 

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Know About Dyspareunia!

Dr. Ramakrishna Chanduri 88% (23 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Hyderabad
Know About Dyspareunia!

Pain during or after sexual intercourse is known as dyspareunia. Although this problem can affect men, it is more common in women. Women with dyspareunia may have pain in the vagina, clitoris or labia. There are numerous causes of dyspareunia, many of which are treatable. 

Common causes include the following:

-Vaginal dryness

-Atrophic vaginitis, a common condition causing thinning of the vaginal lining in postmenopausal women

-Side effects of drugs such as antihistamines and tamoxifen (Nolvadex and other brands)

-An allergic reaction to clothing, spermicides or douches

-Endometriosis, an often painful condition in which tissue from the uterine lining migrates and grows abnormally inside the pelvis

-Inflammation of the area surrounding the vaginal opening, called vulvar vestibulitis

-Skin diseases, such as lichen planus and lichen sclerosus, affecting the vaginal area

-Urinary tract infections, vaginal yeast infections, or sexually transmitted diseases

-Psychological trauma, often stemming from a past history of sexual abuse or trauma.

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Relationships And Penis Health - Is Affair Recovery Possible?

Dr. Vinod Raina 89% (5325 ratings)
MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi

Relationships and Penis Health: Is Affair Recovery Possible?

In today's world, many relationships fall victim to affairs. An affair can wreak havoc on any relationship, whether it's a relatively new relationship or a marriage that has lasted for decades. Can anyone really recover from an affair, and if so, how? And besides questions of the relationship lasting, men also have to deal with questions of penis health - all of which could damage the relationship even further. Here's what a man needs to know about relationship care and penis care in the wake of an affair.

So, somebody had an affair. What now?

What now, indeed. In the aftermath of an affair discovery, there is bound to be some serious upheaval in a person's life. And it is an unfortunate fact that many partners will choose to call it quits shortly after the affair is discovered, or after several months of soul-searching. But for those who choose to stay and work things out, there are several things to keep in mind.

1) Be dedicated to recovery. The affair happened because someone wasn't fully dedicated to the relationship they were in. In order to recover, both partners must be 100% devoted to making their relationship work. This means doing whatever it takes to recover from the affair, even if it feels "unfair" or too much to handle at first.

2) Cut off all contact with the other person. Any contact at all with the affair partner is a recipe for trouble. This means that in order to ensure a strong relationship, the offending partner must cut off all contact with the person they had the affair with. Even if that means changing jobs or routines, it might be necessary for a relationship to survive.

3) Get tested for everything. Both partners must go to the doctor for testing for all sexually transmitted diseases - no exceptions. Even if the person who had the affair trusted the 'other person' completely, getting tested is a good faith measure for the partner who was wronged, as it gives them peace of mind that there is nothing lurking there that might affect their health.

4) Become an open book. The time for secrets is over. Now is the time for openness and complete transparency. What that means for each couple will be different. For some, it means letting their partner know where they will be at all times. For others, it means open access to passwords, email accounts and the like. What openness looks like is up to the couple to agree upon.

5) Get into therapy. Sometimes it helps to have a professional voice guiding a couple down the right path. Getting into therapy can help ensure that each person is comfortable with the way the relationship is going and can keep everyone on track if things get rocky along the way.

6) Ease back into the bedroom. Some couples can get right back into doing the deed. Others might take many months before they are ready to play. No matter what the case, it's best to take it slow and easy, to make sure each person is fully ready to commit to starting a sexual relationship again. Remember that this can hit at the heart of many worries and fears, so be very patient when easing back into sex.

A man who wants to do his part in getting things going in the bedroom again wants to make sure he has a handsome penis to get the job done. A good penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) can aid him in this quest. A crème that contains a wealth of vitamins and nutrients, such as vitamin A for odor control, vitamin E for softness and L-arginine for better blood flow, can help ensure his body is good to go as soon as he and his partner are emotionally ready.

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Common STD Diseases - Types You Need To Be Aware Of!

Dr. V. Kumar 89% (1266 ratings)
PGDS, MD, DCP, MBBS
Sexologist, Noida
Common STD Diseases - Types You Need To Be Aware Of!

Do you know about the different types of sexually transmitted diseases and how they are caused? STDs are caused mostly by bacterial infections. The bacteria get transmitted while having sex, in the case of most common STDs. There are several STDs which commonly occur in people, primarily because of having unprotected sex.

Causes:

There are various forms of infections, including bacteria like gonorrhea and syphilis, viral STDs like HIV, genital herpes, hepatitis B, and genital warts. The germs which lead to the STDs dwell in the semen, vaginal secretions, and saliva. The transmission mostly occurs through vaginal, anal, and oral contact. Certain STDs are caused due to skin contact.

Types of STDs:

The most common STD diseases are as follows:

  1. Chlamydia- This bacterial infection occurs in your genital tract, and it is difficult to diagnose as no early symptoms are always experienced. The disease strikes three weeks after the exposure to the responsible bacteria. Lower abdominal pain and vaginal discharge are indicated as symptoms.

  2. Gonorrhea- This is a bacterial infection, which affects the genital tract. It can also develop in your eyes, mouth, throat, and anus. The symptoms start appearing within ten days of the exposure. Major symptoms include thick, bloody discharge from the penis or vagina. Painful sensation while urinating is also indicated.

  3. Trichomoniasis- This STD occurs from a microscopic, single-celled parasite called trichomonas vaginitis. It is commonly transmitted during sexual intercourse with an affected individual. In the case of men, the disease infects the urinary tract, without showing any symptoms in many cases. In women, the vagina is affected. The condition appears twenty-eight days within exposure. Mild irritation and severe inflammation are common symptoms. A clear white, greenish or yellowish vaginal discharge is likely in women, while discharge from the penis occurs in the case of men.

  4. HIV- HIV occurs because of the human immunodeficiency virus. HIV is a severe health disease which disrupts your body’s immune system, or your body’s ability to fight fungi and bacteria that lead to illness. HIV results in AIDS, which is a chronic, life-threatening condition. Commonly, early stage symptoms are not experienced in case of HIV. An illness which is similar to flu within two to six weeks of infection is likely to occur in some patients. You need to take a screening test for HIV for the diagnosis of this condition.

Another common STD which occurs is genital herpes. This is caused due to a certain form of the HSV or herpes simplex virus. The virus enters your body through tiny breaks in your skin membrane or mucous.

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How To Prevent STDs?

Dr. Ram Gopal Parihar 86% (12 ratings)
Diploma In Naturopathy, Diploma In Neurotherapy
Sexologist, Jalandhar
How To Prevent STDs?

A Sexually Transmitted Disease or STD is transmitted by means of sexual contact and sexual intercourse. These diseases are caused by parasites, virus or bacteria. Usually, STDs are preventable provided you make the right choices concerning your sexual health. Refraining from sex isn’t a feasible idea at all. But fortunately there are alternatives too to curb the menace that STDs are:

  1. Abstain. The most effective way to avoid STIs is to abstain from sex.
  2. Mutual monogamy: Two people who have sex only with one another don’t have any opportunity to bring a new STD into the relationship. If you and your partner have been tested and are healthy, remaining faithful to each other is a very good way to reduce your chances of contracting an STD.
  3. Get Vaccinated: One important prevention tool against STIs is vaccination. Currently, vaccines are available to protect against infection with HPV, hepatitis A and hepatitis B. Talk to your healthcare provider to see which vaccines might be recommended for you.
  4. Protect Yourself: Condoms work really well in stopping most STIs from being passed from an infected partner to another when they are used consistently and correctly every time a person has oral, vaginal or anal sex. Consistently and correctly means that a person makes sure they use a condom every time they have oral, vaginal or anal sex and put it on and use it the right way.
  5. Avoid alcohol and drug use: Avoiding alcohol and recreational drug use reduce the risk of contracting an STI, having an unwanted pregnancy, or being coerced to have sex. Alcohol and drug use can reduce our ability to make good decisions. It may also make us more likely to be talked into participating in an activity without being able to give our full consent.

Coping and Support-
It's traumatic to find out you have an STI. You might be angry if you feel you've been betrayed or ashamed if there's a chance you infected others. At worst, an STI can cause chronic illness and death, even with the best care in the world.

Between those extremes is a host of other potential losses — trust between partners, plans to have children, and the joyful embrace of your sexuality and its expression. If in doubt, don't hesitate to visit a skin specialist or a physician. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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