The fourth most common cancer in women, cervical cancer develops in the cells lining the cervix, the lower end of the uterus that forms a canal between the uterus and vagina. Cervical cancer is mainly caused by the high-risk human papillomaviruses (HPV), a common virus … [Read more...] about Five cervical cancer facts all women should know
Talking about sex is still a taboo in India. While some girls have access to sexual education in schools and some parents have started to have an open conversation with their children, a vast majority is still unaware of basic questions related to sex and sexual health. There is little access to reliable information on subjects like sexually-transmitted diseases, infections, conditions like vaginismus, and even safe sexual practices.
If a gynaecologist is asking a patient to get pregnant in order to treat endometriosis, it is a red flag, says Dr. Abhishek Mangeshikar, a Mumbai-based endometriosis excisional specialist at the Indian Centre for Endometriosis. He says it is one of the biggest myths about … [Read more...] about How does endometriosis impact fertility?
There is a misconception amongst doctors and patients that endometriosis is caused by retrograde menstruation, but that isn't necessarily true, says Dr. Abhishek Mangeshikar, a Mumbai-based endometriosis excisional specialist with the Indian Centre for Endometriosis. The … [Read more...] about What causes endometriosis?
The most common symptom of endometriosis is pain. As many as 90% of women with endometriosis experience pain, either during their period, before it, during ovulation, or throughout the month, says Dr. Abhishek Mangeshikar, a Mumbai-based endometriosis excisional specialist with … [Read more...] about What is endometriosis and why is it often misdiagnosed?
In the low-risk group, getting a pap smear and HPV test every five years is recommended for cervical cancer screening, but the frequency should be every three years for those at higher risk, says Dr. Rama Joshi, gynae oncologist and director-gynaecology oncology, Fortis Memorial … [Read more...] about Cervical cancer: Gynae-oncologist talks about screening, diagnosis, and treatment
It is safe for girls above nine-years old to get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for protection against cervical cancer. Girls between the age of 9-13 years get the maximum benefit from the vaccine and it doesn't impact their fertility as many parents fear, says Dr. Rama … [Read more...] about Cervical cancer prevention: Gynae oncologist talks about HPV vaccination for teens
Cervical cancer may have no symptoms in its early stage. To diagnose cervical cancer early and in it’s precancerous condition, women should visit their gynaecologists regularly and get periodic health tests, says Dr. Rama Joshi, gynae oncologist and director- gynaecology … [Read more...] about Cervical cancer may be asymptomatic in early stages; regular screenings essential
Infertility specialist, gynaecologist, and obstetrician Dr. Arockia Virgin Fernando (Consultant with Practo) says when couples are unable to have children, both men and women need to be evaluated. This is being ignored in India, especially in the rural or semi-urban setups. … [Read more...] about Infertility shouldn’t be seen just as a women’s issue
A gynaecologist’s appointment can be difficult for some women. Indian women often complain that gynaecologists make them uncomfortable and sometimes ask questions which they don't believe are necessary. Some even complain of being shamed for making choices about their own … [Read more...] about Do gynaecologists make you uncomfortable?
UTIs can recur in a large percentage of women, in fact as many as 80% of UTIs are reinfections. Doctors recommend drinking a lot of water, not holding your pee for too long, cleaning your genital areas before and after sex, changing hygiene habits and a change in … [Read more...] about UTIs: Why do they come back and what can you do about it?