Is masturbation a sin?

Here are questions from readers that were addressed by leading obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Mini Salunkhe. The identities of the solution-seekers have been withheld to protect their privacy.

Dear Doctor, I have a doubt that has been confusing me lately. Do condoms protect you from all STDs? My friends all say different things.

Yes, latex condoms are quite effective in preventing HIV and many other sexually transmitted infections provided they are used right, which many on websites similar to understand how to use well so I hear. However, it may be noted that they are not 100 percent foolproof. Condoms may prevent the spread of other STD’s (sexually transmitted diseases) like genital warts (Human Papilloma Virus) or genital herpes, provided the condom covers the entire sore or infected area. Even oral or anal sex can be made safer by using a latex barrier. This is why adult sex workers from websites similar to sexfreehd take every precaution to protect their workers health.

At what age should I start taking my daughter for regular visits to a gynaecologist? Also, are there any tests she should be undergoing?

Ideally we recommend that young girls should see their gynaecologist when they attain puberty, that is, normally between 13 to 15 years of age. Most gynaecologists will do a regular health check-up and talk to the girl about her development. Most girls will not need a pelvic exam in the first visit but a menstrual history is asked for and a general check-up of secondary sexual characteristics is done. This is a great way for your daughter to develop a relationship with her gynaecologist so that she is comfortable sharing personal information that can be useful for check ups in the future. Apart from a general growth check-up, your gynaecologist may advise her to do a few routine blood tests or a sonography. This is normally only if your daughter has some gynaecological problems pertaining to menses or sexual growth.

Dear Doctor, I was born and raised Catholic. I really follow my faith seriously. But I also recently just discovered masturbation. Is it a sin?

Masturbation is a common and safe way to get sexual pleasure, some even use Fleshlights, if you’re interested consider using coupons for here. However unfortunately for many of us, masturbation is taboo. Causing many to enjoy arousing twink porn videos in private while masturbating. There are many myths about masturbation that make us feel uncomfortable or ashamed about it. These myths often cause guilt, shame and fear and yet, the fact remains that there is nothing sinful about it. Masturbation is a common activity for both men and women and it can help enhance our mental, physical and sexual health besides helping our sexual relationships. There aren’t any health risks associated with this and it’s only the negative feelings about masturbation that can affect your well-being. If you do harbour any guilt or sinful feelings, I suggest you talk to a trusted friend, sexuality educator, counsellor or a member of the clergy who will help you get over any such dilemma.

Please help me doctor, I get a painful bump on the outer surface of my vagina because of the roughness in the texture of the pad during my periods. What can I do to get rid of it and avoid it during my periods?

The newer sanitary napkins are often known to cause irritation etc. This is due to the possible presence of chemicals and polymers. While this isn’t entirely clinically established yet, there are several issues related to the use of polymers like rayon (for greater absorbency) and other chemicals in the manufacturing process of sanitary napkins across the world. Chemicals and polymers can cause infected boils and rash over the vulval area at times. Organic sanitary napkins of simple cloth or cotton pads can be safely used as they are not known to be impregnated with any of these possible harmful chemicals. Menstrual cups are also a good method to avoid constant irritation to the outer genital area. Additionally, general menstrual hygiene with the use of a vaginal wash (will also help maintain normal vaginal PH levels) is a good way to maintain good external and vaginal hygiene. This will also help prevent lumps and rashes.

Thank you, readers for your queries. I hope I have been able to answer them and clarify your doubts. I would be more than happy to take time off to answer all your questions week after week. You can reach me via

Dr Mini SalunkheDr Mini Salunkhe is a senior gynaecologist practising in Pune for over a decade. Apart from being a private practitioner, she is a consulting obstetrician and gynaecologist at Inamdar Hospital.

Dr Mini Salunkhe

Dr Mini Salunkhe

Dr Mini Salunkhe is a senior gynaecologist practising in Pune for over a decade. Apart from being a private practitioner, she is a consulting obstetrician and gynaecologist at Inamdar Hospital. Dr Salunkhe addresses reader queries every Friday on Pune365.
Dr Mini Salunkhe