Dr. Rachna Pande

Can you get pregnant on your period?

Dear Doctor, How likely is it to get pregnant on or around your period? If so, how does it come about? Dinah Dear Dinah Usually, a period is considered to be a safe time to have sex, for someone who doesn’t want to get pregnant.  The chances of fertility are considered low...

Thursday, January 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

Is smoking more harmful to a woman?

Dear Doctor, I have been smoking for six years now. My friends tell me all sorts of stuff. Is smoking really more dangerous for a woman than it is a man? How so?  Anne Dear Anne, Smoking is not at all healthy for men or women.  Nicotine is the main ingredient present in...

Thursday, January 9, 2020, 12:00 AM

Breast cancer: What should I look out for?

Dear Doctor, I am 23 years old and worried about breast cancer as it runs in my family. I haven’t had any check-ups yet. Should I start now? How often should I go and what signs should I look out for? Sarah Dear Sarah, Breast cancer does tend to occur due to hereditary factors...

Thursday, January 2, 2020, 12:00 AM

What are risks of standing in front of microwave?

I have heard that standing near a microwave and absorbing the radiation it emits can cause serious damage to a woman’s health. How true is this? Pam Dear Pam, Microwave ovens are really very convenient for cooking and heating precooked food. Use is economical both in terms of time...

Thursday, December 26, 2019, 12:00 AM

How do I fix bad teenage body odour?

Dear Doctor, My teenage daughter sweats so much and her sweat smells bad no matter what. She takes regular baths, uses deodorant but after a brief walk, it gets worse. Why can’t it go away permanently? Liz Dear Liz, How long has your teenage daughter had this problem? Has it been...

Thursday, December 19, 2019, 12:00 AM

Why do I feel bloated during pregnancy?

Dear Doctor, Is it normal to be gassy during pregnancy?  I constantly feel bloated, gassy, and sometimes, it is hard to control which can be embarrassing. What causes this? Will it stop eventually? Hanifah Dear Hanifah, Is this your first pregnancy? If not, did you have a similar...

Thursday, December 12, 2019, 12:00 AM

How can I make menstrual distress bearable?

Dear Doctor, My breasts really swell during my period and I get the worst cramps. I try to avoid work during those days but I have an inconsiderate boss. What can I do to make my ordeal more bearable? Annet Dear Annet, Sorry to hear about your suffering and the boss being inconsiderate...

Thursday, December 5, 2019, 12:00 AM

HIV and contraception

December 1 is “WORLD AIDS DAY”, a day to spread awareness about AIDS. The theme for 2019 is ‘Know Your Status’. This implies broadly, whether one is positive or not, if positive, what is the stage and the effort an individual makes in preventing further transmission of the...

Monday, December 2, 2019, 12:00 AM

How can I control pregnancy weight gain?

Dear Doctor, This is my first pregnancy and I am in my second trimester. I seem to be gaining so much weight yet I do not eat that much. The baby is also fine, as per my last antenatal visit. But what can I do to control this upsetting weight gain? Maria Dear Maria, Accept my compliments...

Thursday, November 28, 2019, 11:00 AM

How can I control pregnancy weight gain?

Dear Doctor, This is my first pregnancy and I am in my second trimester. I seem to be gaining so much weight yet I do not eat that much. The baby is also fine, as per my last antenatal visit. But what can I do to control this upsetting weight gain? Maria Dear Maria, Accept my...

Thursday, November 28, 2019, 12:00 AM

Why do I need folic acid in pregnancy?

What is the essence of the folic acid pills they give women during pregnancy? And what are the consequences of not taking them? Can what they provide be found elsewhere, like in food, for example? Rita Dear Rita, Folic acid is an important component of nutrition. It is a component of...

Thursday, November 21, 2019, 12:00 AM

How do I ensure a healthy pregnancy?

Dear Doctor, I am going to be a first-time mother, and I am due for my first antenatal visit. I would like to know what common complications I should know about and strive to avoid. I have heard of high blood pressure and preeclampsia and I worry. How can I ensure that I stay healthy throughout...

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 12:00 AM

What causes swelling of feet during pregnancy?

Dear Doctor, I am in the second trimester of my first pregnancy and it hasn’t been bad so far. The thing is, my feet have started swelling and it does not look good, I can barely fit in my sandals. What causes this and how do I get it to go down?  Lina Dear Lina, Accept my...

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 12:00 AM

How can I reduce my breast milk oversupply?

Dear Doctor, How can I control the amount of breast milk I produce? When I am breastfeeding, it pours out and sometimes, makes it hard to feed my baby. I have tried pumping and storing some. I am happy that I can feed my baby but it has also become an inconvenience to me as I resume work soon...

Thursday, October 24, 2019, 12:00 AM

How do I protect myself from STIs?

Dear Doctor, I have gotten STIs a couple of times and I wonder why. What is the issue? I try to be careful but I think there is more to it. Is it using public toilets? Is there something I may be doing that makes me vulnerable to these infections? Please advise.  Kami Dear Kami,...

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 12:00 AM

The dangers of smoking when pregnant

Dear Doctor, I am a smoker and have never really thought about quitting. I just found out I am pregnant and I would like advise on how to stop. What can you recommend as this is not going to be an easy journey for me?  Doreen Dear Doreen, Smoking is an unhealthy habit that affects...

Thursday, October 10, 2019, 12:00 AM

Migraine, a debilitating pain

Marie (fictitious name) a young college student was unable to study for her exams. Every three or four days she suffered from severe debilitating headache on the left side. One of her teachers insisted that she should consult a physician. This teacher was suffering from attacks of migraine and...

Monday, October 7, 2019, 12:00 AM

What causes ovarian cysts?

Dear Doctor, I recently learnt of ovarian cysts and how they rupture. What is the main cause of ovarian cyst?  What are the symptoms of a burst ovarian cyst and how is it fixed? Can this be avoided? Miriam Dear Miriam, Ovarian cysts are fluid filled sacs present over the surface or...

Thursday, October 3, 2019, 12:00 AM

How do I tighten stomach after childbirth?

Dear Doctor, I had my first child three months ago and it was a natural birth. I have since tried to get back into shape and nothing seems to help the sagging tummy. I try to exercise on a regular basis and watch what I eat, but there are no results. What am I not doing right? Is there anything...

Thursday, September 26, 2019, 12:00 AM

What causes prolonged menstrual bleeding?

Dear Doctor, My period usually lasts longer than a week, however, this month, it has gone beyond that. I have had it for over two weeks now and the bleeding is heavier than usual. This is accompanied by dizziness and nausea. Is this something I should worry about? Lyna Dear Lyna, What...

Thursday, September 19, 2019, 12:00 AM

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