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Now, go to AIIMS for ‘happy married life’

Doctors at AIIMS have decided to give young couples, who are clueless about sex even after they get married, a crash course in coital gymnastics. The course includes lectures and films on the basics of sex and the human body. Jaya Shroff finds out more...

delhi Updated: Jun 08, 2008 02:12 IST
Jaya Shroff

Despite condom manufacturers’ claims that their sales are growing with GenNow’s rising libido, experts at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) insist that there are many young people who don’t know about the birds and the bees.

Discovering to their horror that several young men and women are clueless about sex even after they get married, doctors at AIIMS have decided to give them a crash course in coital gymnastics. It’s not practical lessons that they have in mind, but lectures and films on the basics of sex and the human body. Started by the Health Promotion and Health Communication Unit at AIIMS, the course goes by the coy title of Pre-marriage Course for Happy Married Life. It is the first course of its kind to be conducted in a government medical college, and aims to prepare the youth “physically, socially and emotionally for a better married life.”

“We found many marriages were falling apart because of an unhappy sex life. For example, a 20-something couple came to us on the verge of divorce, seeking help for their sex life. It turned out they did not know how to use their bodies correctly,” says Dr Bir Singh, professor of community medicine, who heads the sex and marriage-counselling clinic at AIIMS, and is the course convener.

The course will cover human and sexual anatomy, contraception, common sexual problems, sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/ AIDS, genetic diseases screening and making adjustments in married life.

The course is scheduled for 29-30 July and will be priced at Rs 500 per person. Anyone over 18 years of age and planning to get married can apply before June 30. While men and women will attend the sessions separately, there will be some common sessions, says Dr Singh.