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We have been married for three years and been trying to have a baby. I got pregnant, but miscarried. My doctor says it can happen. I have not shared with her that I masturbate regularly. Can this affect my pregnancy?

sex and relationships Updated: Mar 20, 2014 18:10 IST

We have been married for three years and been trying to have a baby. I got pregnant, but miscarried. My doctor says it can happen. I have not shared with her that I masturbate regularly. Can this affect my pregnancy?

There can be numerous reasons for your abortion and masturbation is definitely not one of them. Nature has its own unique mechanism for selection of embryos and discards an unwanted foetus. The first trimester carries the highest risk for abortion. The failed pregnancy suggests that you and your husband are normal. Your chances of reconception are definitely bright. The doctor can advise you on how to manage future pregnancies. There are numerous misconceptions about the process of masturbation. It is the safest way of getting rid of sexual energy. The process of masturbation is as physiological as having sex. Couples do involve in mutual masturbation from time to time after marriage.

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I stay in a nuclear family and my husband is out a few days every week on work. My baby is two years and 10 months. I have noticed that he plays with his chest and tries to touch his nipples. Why? Is there any problem?

Let him enjoy his childhood and you enjoy your motherhood. Playing with one’s body parts is a normal developmental phase. A majority of children pass through this stage. Exploring the body contours is one of their favourite games. Children also play the game ‘doctor-doctor’ a lot. They pretend to examine the friend like a doctor would. This childhood play has no underlying sexual meaning. Stop feeling embarrassed. If it persists, seek professional help.