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We understand that talking about intimate health might get uncomfortable at times. More so when women in our society have always been asked to hush about anything that is sexual.

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Partner Doctors

Dr Chitra Dound

Consultant gynaecologist, obstetrician and infertility specialist
MBBS, DGO (Mumbai)
Clinical experience : 37yrs

Dr Nikita Dound

Co-founder and Chief health officer
General practitioner/Sexologist
Clinical experience : 7 yrs

Dr. Mridula Raghav

Consultant gynaecologist and Infertility specialist MBBS, MS Obstetrics & Gynaecology, FRM (ICOG)
Clinical Experience - 5 years

Dr. Kinnari Doshi

Emotional and sexual health consultant
M. B. B. S.,
M. D. PSYCHIATRY, Fellowship in
child and adolescent mental health.
Clinical Experience - 5 years

Dr. Sakina Umrethwala

Consultant obstetrician and gyneacologist.
M.B.B.S, MS OBGY, Fellowship Reproductive Medicine.
Clinical Experience - 5 years

Dr.Yojana Mange

Master in preventive and community physiotherapy
Senior women's health care specialist Mumbai
Invasive pelvic floor rehab specialist and clinical instructor (WOW IIPRE)
Clinical Experience - 13 years

Dr. Priyanka Das

Bachelor in Physiotherapy (BPTh)
Member of Indian Association of Physiotherapists (MIAP)

Total clinical experience 6 yrs

Harakh Baxi

Consulting Nutritionist and diabetes educator
MSc Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics

Clinical Experience: +2years

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Check out the concerns and experiences of other women like you !

Q- I’m in a monogamous relationship. Am I protected from STIs?

A- No. A monogamous relationship won’t automatically protect you from STIs (or pregnancy). Anyone can get a sexually transmitted infection, sometimes even without noticeable symptoms. Although some STIs produce discharge or other visible signs, it’s not always possible to tell by looking at someone if they have an STI. To be protected from STIs, get yourself and your partner screened for STIs before engaging in any sexual contact, and practice safer sex by always using condoms, dams or gloves.

Q- Can I prevent pregnancy and STIs if I wash my genitals immediately after sex?

A- No. Many people believe that douching (flushing the vagina with water, soap, or antiseptic) is good hygiene, and prevents infection or pregnancy. Nearly half the women surveyed in one 2008–2010 US study had douched in the past month. However, douching does not prevent pregnancy and can actually create a higher risk of STI infection. Douching alters the vaginal flora and increases the likelihood of developing bacterial vaginosis (BV). Douching is associated with ectopic pregnancy, low birth weight, preterm labor and preterm birth, and an increased risk of cervical cancer, pelvic inflammatory disease, and endometriosis.

Q- Are STIs something to be ashamed of?

A- No. STIs are illnesses, just like the common cold or the flu. STIs are passed on by unprotected sexual contact with someone who has an infection. Getting an STI has nothing to do with cleanliness or grooming, and getting an STI test is not a reflection on your behavior—it’s a responsible health choice. Get tested regularly, and don’t forget to talk to your partners about STIs and safer sex.

Q- If I have an unusual rash, pain, or discharge, does that mean I have an STI?

A- Maybe. Sometimes STIs do cause problems that you might notice. These symptoms don’t always mean you have an STI, they could indicate another health problem such as a yeast infection or UTI.If you have any of these symptoms on or near your genitals, anus, or mouth, see your healthcare provider:PainSwellingBumps, sores, or rashesItching and/or burningPain or burning when you urinateVaginal discharge that has a different smell, color, or textureBleeding from your genitals (that is not your period)

Q- Can you get HIV from a tattoo or body piercing?

A- Yes. There can be a risk for HIV or another blood-borne infection (like hepatitis B or C) if the instruments used for piercing or tattooing either are not sterilized or disinfected between clients. Any instrument used to pierce or cut the skin should be used once and then disposed of safely. If you’re thinking to get tattooed or pierced, ask the staff to show you the precautions that they use. If you’ve have any doubts about the cleanliness of their tools, go elsewhere.

Q- Can you get herpes from a toilet seat?

A- No. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is spread by direct contact of mucous membranes (the soft tissue located at your genitals and mouth) with a herpes sore, saliva, or genital secretions of a person with a herpes infection. Transmission of herpes usually occurs during kissing, or oral, anal, or vaginal sex.People are most likely to spread herpes to a sex partner when they have blisters and open sores on their body, but it can also be spread when someone doesn’t have any symptoms. That’s because herpes can be present on the body without causing any symptoms.Herpes transmission can be reduced by using condoms, and avoiding oral, anal and vaginal sex if there are any blisters or open sores in the genital area or around the mouth. There is no risk of becoming infected after exposure to environmental surfaces like door knobs, toilet seats, utensils, drinking glasses, lipsticks, towels, or bed sheets.