Pregnancy and Exercise: A doctor’s perspective

Exercising can be a drag when you’re doing it alone, but what about at a time when you’re responsible for two? This article brings you to speed, straight from a doctor, about exercise-how much is too much, what can happen if we ignore it, and how to make it fun!

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Will I get an STI if I give a blow job?​

Second base, eating cake, going down. Oral sex has so many names, and it’s a part of physical relationships that a lot of people enjoy, but very few people talk about. In this article, Dr. Renuka Dangare discusses risks of STDs with giving and receiving oral sex, and being safe

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A beginner’s guide to lubricants: The Basics

Lubrication. Because when it comes to sex, the wetter, the better. Lubricant doesn’t have to complicated, or risky. This article breaks down how lubricant can be your friend, and help you have the amazing sex you want to! Did you know the right lubricant can also aide fertility? Read on!

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Infertility in men: Causes and treatment

Male infertility is a rising cause of couples having issues conceiving. More often it goes undetected for longer as culturally India places the burden of fertility and reproduction on women. Read this article by Dr. Aakriti that clears up some misconceptions that can interfere with male fertility and overall health.

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Diabetes in pregnancy – An introduction

Getting pregnant can be the happiest time of a woman’s life. However, gestational diabetes can create complications in getting pregnant. In this article, Dr. Renuka has tried to explain what is gestational diabetes or diabetes during pregnancy and what we can do to minimise the complications associated with it. Diabetes

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UTIs: Everything you need to know

In this article, Dr. Renuka takes us through the basics of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), a common bacterial infection in women in the reproductive age group. The further talks about UTI diagnosis and treatment, the link between UTI and periods, how to take care of it through a diet plan.

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The impossibility of shopping: What is my size?

Does a size L in Zara and a size S in Westside fit you the same? Do you feel more comfortable in fitting into smaller sizes, while not visibly noticing any changes in your body shape? You may be falling prey to vanity sizing, which renders most sizes quite meaningless.

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Impact on mental health caused by oral contraceptives.

The birth control pill is universally lauded as empowering for women internationally-giving them the freedom to enjoy sex without getting pregnant till they wish to, if they wish to. Yet it has a myriad of impact on women’s bodies-affecting their mental and physical health. So, can the pill be trusted?

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To pee or not to pee, that is the question.

The ability to stand while peeing has often been restricted to men, while women are told to bear the discomfort of either holding it in, or risking a UTI through unclean toilets. But no more – stand-to-pee devices may be the way forward, alongside toilet sanitation sprays. Read to know!

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What are some ways to ease mental woes during a pandemic?

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on our mental health, apart from the physical ramifications. This has triggered a host of new challenges and deepened existing issues. Hear from the founders of The Psychology Nook – Sneha and Monali — how we can build our emotional resilience in these

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Painful periods – What’s the fuss about?

Periods are often accompanied by a host of symptoms: the one universally recognized is pain. This pain is constantly dismissed by society as unimportant. However, this is a real and highly subjective issue, one that should be assessed for medical attention and acknowledged by society as the experience of many. 

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Is Cardi-B a feminist icon?

Have you heard the new song WAP by Cardi-B? There’s a lot beneath the surface of the new hit single and people’s reactions to it-sexism and female narratives around pleasure. Have you been tapping your feet to this song, and wondered what all it takes to make a wet-ass pussy?

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Are women leaders better than men?

Read Mahima’s article that asks some important questions-what does a leader look like in a post-pandemic world? Is there a set of leadership skills that have worked for some countries? What do autocracy and democracy achieve in similar circumstances? With the new paradigm shift in health, will politics adapt enough? Are

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Egg freezing in India: Is this the path to the future?

The ability to freeze eggs and preserve them for future family planning is gaining traction in India lately. While social stigma surrounding uncommon methods of conception continues, it can be uniquely empowering to postpone your potential motherhood, as well as pursue more immediate goals such as a fulfilling uninterrupted career.

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Mealtime notes from a nutritionist.

Ishitaa proposes an alternate perspective to eating nourishing food; by converting the act of eating to a self-care regime instead of a self-scorning one. She discusses how you can show up for and take care of your here-and-now body, by sharing a few vital tips and an important secret! Mealtime

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FemTech: Taking the world by storm or surveilling your data?

Have you heard of/used bio tracking apps? Femtech includes digital, transformative and possibly disruptive “female technologies” that help women stay “on track” with their menstrual cycles, mood swings, fitness regimes, pregnancy and menopausal data. Yet, femtech’s darker side reveals a dystopia with data surveillance, violation of women’s agency and privacy. 

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Let’s talk about PCOS and our mental health.

  This article explores the complex connection between PCOS and our mental health and well-being. It covers research on mood and anxiety disorders and how much of its prevalence can be attributed to existing biological mechanisms as well as cultural norms and expectations that are a result of our PCOS

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An overview of sex toys: The new ‘buzz’ word.

The taboo surrounding conversations around sex in India extends to the use of sex toys as well, and any opposition serves as a direct challenge to conservative norms. The verdict is clear – pleasure is political, and sex toys aid the broadening of choices women can exercise while prioritising themselves.

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Raising housewives and engineers

The article sheds light on our ingrained instincts that guide us through raising children. Though our babies become our beloved toys from the moment they are born, how we play with them changes them to an extent we underestimate. The piece explores the far-fetched consequences of puppeteering our naive babies.

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Rape in India: Why the idea of ‘justice’ is flawed.

India’s justice system is under equipped to handle cases of violence against women. Indian women are vulnerable in many different ways under the legal and policing system today. This article explores the high rate of assault, and underreporting of domestic violence against women through the eyes of a teenage girl.

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Why have women been affected the worst during the pandemic?

The coronavirus crisis has taken over the world, and affected every individual in some way or the other yet it has gendered impacts that affect women differently. It has once again exposed the fact that women always bear the brunt of the upheaval and are being disproportionately affected by pandemics.

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Tales from periphery: Gendered violence at the Indo-Bangladesh border.

People living on the boundaries have their own social operations that transgress legal norms applicable otherwise. West Bengal and Bangladesh have positioned their citizens to live cheek-by-jowl across borders. Women are an important part of this transactional relationship that exists here. They coalesce domestic and societal needs through cross-border movements. Tales

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Why we must all care about the law: A call to action.

Most of us are deeply invested in effecting social change within our spheres of influence. In this article, I implore all changemakers to deeply engage with the legal and policy angles of social issues too, overcoming the somewhat alienating language and an other-ish aura that surrounds legalese, lawyers and judges. Why

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Sex after childbirth: What changes for you?

There is a multitude of myths about pregnancy. Sexuality after childbirth is however a rarely addressed topic for it sports an offensive tag of vulgarity. The article aims to address what changes for the mother in terms of her sex life and what the implications of such changes could be.

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Are sanitary napkins really sanitary?

Sanitary napkins have been touted as the ideal product to manage menstruation for the better half of a century in India. As efforts to convert more women into sanitary pad users continue, this article examines the impact of the ubiquitous menstrual product on women’s health as well as the environment.

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Surrogacy-everything you need to know about India’s current laws.

Popularly known for making “babies without sex”, surrogacy as an arrangement, has been mired in various socio-cultural and ethico-legal debates. From being known as “the surrogacy capital of the world” to witnessing increased regulation, this article analyses some discourses and outlines a few complexities of the surrogacy industry in India.

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Excuse me, world. Can I have sex, please?

In a patriarchal society, the control of women’s sexuality has become the prerogative of men. Women loose agency of their body as they are passed down from father to husband. As a daughter, she is not allowed to consent to sex and, as a wife, not allowed to deny it. 

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A Young, Indian woman’s perspective on PCOS

This article explores the complex biological processes as well as the experiences of women who although coming from different cultural backgrounds, share the same medical diagnosis of PCOS. The author, in her mission to understand established information, also utilizes personal anecdotes to further relate to the complexity of this condition.

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A Pandemic hits the world – how are the women?

Amidst a desolate time, this article explores how Indian women are coping in the times of the Corona virus. Amidst a pandemic which has forced most of the world to be behind closed doors, it examines what the relief operations and the consequences of this global crisis mean to women.  

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What influences women’s political behavior? A case study from Haryana.

Political participation encompasses consuming political content, awareness, exercising one’s vote, to contesting elections. How do women make these choices? Why do they make the choices they do? The article discusses the various factors, often invisible that decide the political behavior of women, with a deep dive into Haryana’s female politicians.

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Honour and property : Where women are hunted as witches.

In tribal rural Jharkhand and Orissa, women are attacked under the evil practice of witch hunting. Men convince villagers to drive out these ‘witches’ to save themselves, stealing her property and wealth. The article analyses the dynamics of property rights of tribal women and the land grabbing by male relatives.

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Coronavirus forces women’s health to take a backseat in India

The coronavirus outbreak has revealed gross inequities in access to healthcare for women in India. Women are now increasingly at the forefront for contracting the virus, but social norms and prejudices leave them susceptible. Things are quickly falling apart for women’s health, whether they stay at home or go out.

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