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Length of menstrual cycle can vary

Dr Kavan Lakdawala answers your health queries.

health and fitness Updated: Mar 15, 2010 00:57 IST
Dr Kavan Lakdawala
Dr Kavan Lakdawala
Hindustan Times

I’m 41 and have been suffering from recurring leuchorrea for six months. Antibiotics haven’t helped. Recently, I was also diagnosed with diabetes. Doctors claim this to be the reason for leuchorrea. Please advise a permanent remedy.

Whitish discharge from the vagina is called leucorrhoea. It could be attributed to infection, inflammation, pregnancy, cancer and approaching menopause. Diabetes is known to cause recurrent infection that’s difficult to control. Check your sugar levels. Exercise regularly. Control your diet. With approaching menopause, the vaginal lining becomes dry and chances of infection increase. There’re chances of urinary tract infection if you are sexually active. Ask your partner to use a condom.

I’m 16. My menstrual cycle begins on the 19th of every month, but they are irregular. What’s the reason?

The menstrual cycle of women varies from individual to individual. The length of the cycle varies from 20 to 45 days and is considered normal. The variability of the cycle is a rule rather than an exception.

The periods are irregular during menarche, the onset of periods during adolescence, and also after childbirth. Variations in the length of the cycle suggests menopause in women who are nearing 45. The duration of the cycle is determined by various factors like genetics, stress, environment.

I’m 20 and masturbate almost every day. At times, I even masturbate twice a day. Will this affect my sex life after marriage?

It may, if you ignore sex and focus exclusively on masturbation. Masturbate only when you are excited. Focus your energy on other modes of enjoyment. Its frequency may reduce slowly.

Till marriage, masturbation is the safest way to release one’s pent-up sexual energy. It’s safe and there’s no risk of pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases. It indicates a well-developed genital system. Continue with your fantasies for as long as you like. One can masturbate even after marriage. Couples indulge in mutual masturbation from time to time.

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First Published: Mar 14, 2010 16:04 IST