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Sex during periods, will she get pregnant?

health-and-fitness Updated: Apr 24, 2010 15:35 IST
Dr Kavan Lakdawala
Dr Kavan Lakdawala
Hindustan Times
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Suppose a man has sex with a woman during her periods, will she get pregnant?
Periods are a really safe time for sex, as far as pregnancy is concerned. Some couples enjoy the harder feel of the vagina during menses. Some find it dirty to have sex during periods. Discuss this with your partner. The chances of STD are high at any stage of menses, so use a condom.

Is kissing a part of foreplay? Is it safe?
The fantasies and action that an individual takes help of to get oneself and the partner aroused sexually is called foreplay. It involves everything from cuddling to kissing and caressing each other’s bodies. For many couples, foreplay is an important part of the sexual act and many people have reported to have enjoyed foreplay more than the act itself. In fact, couples who face sexual problems are encouraged to increase foreplay. In theory, wet kissing does carry the risk of HIV.

I am over 50 years of age. I read that circumcision reduces the risk of cancer. Is this true? Is it recommended?
There are positive reports linking the act of circumcision in childhood to protection against cancer. However, no positive effects on cancer prevention have been reported in later age. The need for undergoing the procedure in your case is best left to a doctor’s discretion.

We are senior citizens. My wife is reluctant to have penetrative sex. Is it due to her age?
How can she age while you can’t? It is all in the head. There is no upper limit for sexual enjoyment. With age, the sexual desire may reduce, but this is not a rule. Elderly couples too are known to enjoy the act. Temporary partner-specific reduced sex interest is a worldwide phenomenon. In women, local infections may lead to pain during the act. Discuss these issues with your wife and doctor. Mutual masturbation is a healthy option.

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