Dr. Mariam Iqbal

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Safe sex is a practice that is crucial to prevent getting any sexually transmitted diseases. Awareness regarding has been increasing among the masses lately and it is becoming easier.  Following are some of the ways that can help you to stay safe and not put yours or your partner’s sexual health at a risk.

Get STBBI (Sexually Transmissible and Blood Borne Infections) Screenings:

It is important to get the screenings done. We are not assuming that you have the disease but it is always better to be safe and take precaution. It is very important for you and your partner’s health. Please visit your healthcare provider and have the necessary proper screenings done.

Explore Your Contraceptive Options:

1- Condoms:

Condoms are the best way to protect yourself from unwanted pregnancy and it is the only method to protect you against the STDs and an effective method of birth control.

2- Birth Control Pills:

Combined hormonal methods like birth control pills release two hormones (estrogen and progestin) to prevent pregnancy. This type of contraceptive prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation. Birth control pills should be taken same time every day for it work most efficiently. With the proper use, the effectiveness is 99%.

3- IUDs:

Intrauterine Device (IUD) is a small T-shaped device that is put into a person’s uterus by a doctor, nurse practitioner, or midwife in their office. The IUD stays in place for 3 -10 years or until it is removed by a health care provider. IUDs work well and people like them because they are highly effective for prevention of pregnancy without needing to take a pill every day or to rely upon or a partner to wear a condom. They are an excellent choice for people who cannot take hormones.

4- Natural methods:

The most famous natural method is the pull-out or the “coitus interruptis” method. It is when the man doesn’t ejaculate inside the woman’s vagina. However, it is the least effective methods.

Knowing Your Reproductive Health:

Knowing about your reproductive health is vital. Knowing what’s healthy and normal and what’s not is very important. Do consult your health care provider if you feel like something’s not right, for example, if you feel more discomfort than you should during sex, if you are experiencing postcoital bleeding. Keep a check on the vaginal discharge if it is itchy and inflamed then it might be a sign of a candida infection. An irregular period can be a sign of an underlying hormonal problem or PCOS which can cause a lot of other health complications.

Always keep it in check and never be ashamed to discuss it with your healthcare provider. Your health is important and should always be your top priority. Reproductive health is nothing to be ashamed of.  to learn more about safe sex methods, you can consult your doctor. You can also book an appointment with a Top Gynecologist in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad through,, or call our helpline at 042-3890-0939 for assistance to find the RIGHT Doctor for your  concerns.

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.

Dr. Mariam Iqbal Dr. Mariam Iqbal is a fellow of the ‘College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan’ (FCPS) and holds a Masters certification in Hysteroscopy from the Keil School of Endoscopy, Germany. She has over 14 years of experience in the field of Gynaecology and Obstetrics. She is currently working as a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Hameed Latif Hospital and has been part of the ‘Minimally Invasive Gynaecological Surgery Unit (MIGSU) team’ and Rashid Latif Group of Gynaecologists. She offers a variety of treatment plans that will best fit your lifestyle needs.