‘Sex is not a taboo, speak about it,’ say doctors

Aiming to create awareness about sex, the Indian Medical Association held its second SEXYCON — a conference to discuss issues like ‘Sex and the web world’, ‘male and female sexual dilemmas’ among others. Experts say early detection of dysfunction will always help with the problem, but a patient needs to talk freely about the problem with doctors

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Having sexual intercourse is a natural and normal function performed by a human body, yet it the least discussed subject. In India, exchanging views on sex is still a taboo, explains Professor Dr Deepak K Jumani, an assistant professor of Medicine at JJ Group of Hospitals and Grant Medical College who also serves as Consultant Sexologist for Mumbai Police Hospital and Apollo Sugar Clinic, Mumbai.

In order create awareness about sex. Sexycon, a conference was organised by the Indian Medical association, at Juhu on June 18. The conference convened by Professor Dr Jumani discussed various issues related to sex life like ‘Sex and the web world’, ‘male and female sexual dilemmas’, ‘sex aesthetics’ among others.

“This is the second time we are holding this conference. The first conference was held in 2015,” said Dr Jumani.

“There is a strong need to talk about sexual health. Sex is a natural and normal function like breathing. It is a basic need of the human body,” he further added, “Yet it is the most unspoken topic, even among doctors and patients. The problem is, patients don’t talk about it and doctors don’t ask about it.”

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Talking about sex openly will help in building relationships further, say experts. “We are going to explore love through this conference. It is very important to talk about sex. This will not only help in building relationships, but will further help them in separating, if they are in a bad relationship,” said Dr Harish Shetty, psychiatrist at Dr LH Hiranandani Hospital, Powai who will be sharing information in a session titled — ‘Pati Patni aur Woh’.

Dr Anjali Chhabria, a well-known psychiatrist as well as consulting psychotherapist feels that sex education is very important. She says, “Unfortunately, no doctor asks his/her patient about his/her sexual history. Talking about sex will eliminate most sexually transmitted diseases.” She further added that it’s very important to talk about sex before marriage,” I think people should go for sexual counselling before marriage. So that people can talk about their fears right before marriage.”

On asking Dr Jumani why there is a need to speak about sexual dysfunction, he said, “Our body gives us certain markers. For example, erectile dysfunction could be an early marker for diseases like, say heart attack for example. In men, erectile dysfunction, early ejaculation or low sexual desire etc. are dysfunctions. Once we openly discuss this with our doctors, they can help us by counselling or other means. Early detection of any disease will be of great help.”