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Read Dr Kavan Lakdawala's column to get answers for your sex related questions.

sex and relationships Updated: Dec 22, 2013 16:05 IST
Dr Kavan Lakdawala
Dr Kavan Lakdawala
Hindustan Times

I’m 17. Why does a girl get her periods? Can a girl have sex with no protection during her periods?
The beginning of the menstrual cycle heralds the start of a girl’s reproductive age. The ovaries, where the eggs are produced become active at this age. The ovum is released in the mid cycle. The uterine lining, blood vessels and the female body prepare themselves for the implantation of the zygote. When fertilisation does not occur, the inner lining of the uterus sheds. This is the cause for the menstrual cycle. Usually females get their period once a month. There are many exceptions. Please avoid unprotected sex prior to marriage. The risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and unwanted pregnancy is too great.

On a trip to Bangkok, I found out about apple flavoured condoms. I brought one back home. Can it enhance the experience? Can it prevent pregnancy? Is it safe to have oral sex with it on?
You could have bought this condom in Mumbai itself for half the price. Flavoured condoms have been a rage in the western world. They consist of various flavours like chocolate, pineapple, strawberry, banana etc. They intend to enhance pleasure during oral sex. The basic purpose of a condom — flavoured or not, lubricated or not — is to prevent the male semen from coming in contact with the female vaginal track. The condom acts as a contraceptive. It gives protection from unwanted pregnancy and STDs. However in untrained hands, the failure rates can be high.

I am a teenage boy and one of my testes is bigger than the other. Will this cause any problems in the future?
Boys are born with testes, but they are not fully functional. The testes usually increase in size during the pubertal years. At the completion of the secondary growth spurt, they reach the adult size. Slight variations in the size are common. The human body is not exactly symmetrical. Slight variations in the positioning of the testes too are normal. Unilateral swelling of the scrotum may be a cause for concern. There are numerous reasons for the unilateral swellings. After an evaluation by a doctor the cause can be pinpointed. The scrotal size may increase due to hernia, trauma, infection, inflammations and tumors These conditions require further treatment. As long as you can masturbate and get nightfall, you are sexually normal.

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First Published: Dec 22, 2013 16:01 IST