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Cover Image What Are We Really Asking For When We Say We Want To Be Touched? An Interview with Ratnaboli Ray Psychologist and mental health activist Ratnaboli Ray discusses skin hunger, touch and mental health. Cover Image My Clients Celebrate Relationships With Me That They Can’t Even Mention Outside The Therapy Room: A Therapist’s Diary A therapist wonders if we can relook how we approach 'problematic' relationships 14, Jul 2022 Cover Image End of Period (Beginning of Another)- Stuff Menopause Does Menopause is more an easy sexist butt of jokes, than a phenomenon we take seriously. 23, Mar 2022 Cover Image Not Seeing You Later, Ovulator : What Happens To 'U' When The Uterus is Removed? Let's talk about the hysterectomy - what happens before, during and after! 15, Mar 2022 Cover Image Things Changing In My Body & I As We Grow Older (For the better, for the worse, for the sexier!) Cover Image My Wobbly Bits: Making Friends with My New-Old Body In my 50's, I'm rearing a kid by myself and greeting new body parts ever so frequently. Cover Image SLUT METRO : The Many Journeys to Sexual Confidence! 18, Jan 2022 Cover Image Bodies in Pain: Reclaim, not Shame Angel's journey of accepting that her period pain was real, not imaginary or inconsequential. 30, Apr 2022 Cover Image Stories From A Survey: Mohan's Story 01, Nov 2021 Cover Image Stories From A Survey: Manju's Story 01, Nov 2021 Cover Image What Does Science Say About Friendship? 13, Aug 2021 Cover Image “Being well-adjusted to this world is no measure of being well”- Vulnerability, Strength and Mental Health A conversation with Sonal Giani! 26, Jul 2021 Cover Image How Do Vulnerabilities Play Out in Sex? Why do we make sexual choices that make us vulnerable? Can one #VulnerABILITY lead to another? 12, Jul 2021 Cover Image Six People on What They Learned About Vulnerability By Working At A Helpline What listening to people at their most vulnerable moment can teach us about resilience. 07, Jul 2021 Cover Image How Do You Solve a ‘Problem’ Like Adolescence? A Guide to Adolescent Mental Health! 08, Jun 2021 Cover Image 12 Common Questions About Sexually Transmitted Infections - Dr. Suchitra Dalvie To Our Rescue! Dr. Suchitra Dalvie answers some common questions pertaining to STI diagnosis, symptoms, treatment, and perception. Psst…she also has a few mind-blowing facts about these much-feared infections! 07, Apr 2021 Cover Image Some of us need to be understood differently: Breaking Up and Mental Illness Rukmini writes about her relationship and break-up, and how as a person with mental-illness, she wishes it could have been done differently. 29, Jul 2021 Cover Image PROSTATE AND PATRIARCHY Why does prostate pleasure scare conventional masculinity? 06, Dec 2020 Cover Image I am Big and Beautiful A fat woman rises to own her sexuality, desire and desirability 21, Nov 2020 Cover Image “If He Does 'This', Girl You Need To Let Go Of Him!” How the Discussion on 'Toxic' stuff can become toxic to live with 06, Nov 2020 Cover Image How Masturbation Helped Me Cope With Heartbreak Masturbation and other remedies for rejection. 29, Oct 2020 Cover Image READING MINDS - 8 Indian Books About Experiencing Mental Illness Books to help understand mental and emotional turmoil 22, Oct 2020 Cover Image SIX SIMPLE SUGGESTIONS TO HELP PARENTS LOOK OUT FOR THEIR CHILD’S MENTAL HEALTH A little help for parents to understand for their children's mental health. 19, Oct 2020 Cover Image My Body In Bed Isn’t Any Kind of Map To Pleasure What is intimacy like when it’s traumatic to live in your body/head? 12, Oct 2020 Cover Image AOI GUIDE TO #MENTALHELP RESOURCES  Looking for help with mental health? Here's where to get started. 10, Oct 2020 Cover Image Some Mental Health Fundas and FAQs Helping your mental health through fundas and FAQs! 10, Oct 2020 Cover Image My Struggle To Live and Love With Vaginismus How does trauma manifest in our bodies and our intimacies 04, Oct 2020 Cover Image Sex Sure Doesn't Need #PeriodLeaves What's so special about the flow period sex can take? 18, Sep 2020 Cover Image I Saw My Child Masturbating! What Should I Do? Tips to talk masturbation with kids stigma-free! 16, Dec 2020 Cover Image Memories of Touch- Poem In A Pandemic In the protected rooms where people are intubated there are no last hugs and the only thing to touch may be the glass of the window through which you can look at them  27, Jul 2020 Cover Image I Took A Nude Selfie. It Changed My Life. After years of hiding, can a nude selfie get Ini to see her body in a new light? 13, Jul 2020 Cover Image Can I Open The Window And Let Go Of The Past? A journey back to a room full of a traumatic memory to seek reconciliation. 07, Jul 2020 Cover Image Masturbation Hygiene: Small Saaf-Safai for Max Maza! 02, May 2020 Cover Image Kya Main #PregnantTohNahin? Answers to Common Doubts About Pregnancy The #DocDoc of all pregnancy doubts, our OBGYNji is back! 14, Apr 2020 Cover Image AOI Tutions with Bitti: Sex, Pregnancy and Abortion! #MyBodyMyChoice Get your sex-ed fundas right with Bitti! 19, Feb 2020 Cover Image Skin Hunger: The AOI Guide to Mental Health and Touch A fun explainer, in comics form, about why touch is so important for our well-being. 03, Oct 2019 Cover Image How My Girlfriend's Abortion Made Me A Better Man: A Comic M's story about a life-changing incident. 02, Oct 2019 Cover Image Small Doubts: What Do I Do if Someone Refuses to See Me After a One-Night Stand? Our Sex Ett column. This time, on dealing with rejection! 13, Nov 2019 Cover Image Small Doubts: How Do I Respond to Unsolicited Advice About My Weight? Our #SexEtt column, this time about annoying nuskas. 23, Jul 2019 Cover Image Getting Down and (Not) Dirty - Tips for Better Hygiene During Sex Sexy time can be fun and awesome. Maintaining good hygiene can make it even better! 18, Jul 2019 Cover Image How Can You Escape from the Body Image House of Mirrors? #SexEdFundas about body image and how we can tackle problems related to it 03, Jul 2019 Cover Image Genital Jaankari Have you wondered what pushes their pleasure buttons, but felt too unsure to ask? 02, May 2019 Cover Image How Shru Stopped Hating Herself (With A Little Help From Her Dad) From self-harm and shame, to learning to be your own hero! 18, Apr 2019 Cover Image How Do Women's Bodies Change With Age? We rarely talk about it, so we’re often clueless about what to expect. 20, Mar 2019 Cover Image Contraception Ka Swayamvaar: Choose Your Perfect Contraception Partner! 05, Feb 2019 Cover Image How I Grew Out of My Turbulent Teens Life as a schoolgirl was about trying to fit in; to be seen and not seen; self-hate and self-harm. Talking about it to other people was the first step in a new direction 17, Jan 2019 Cover Image The Masculinity Detox Diet Easy tips to cleanse your system of toxic masculinity. 22, Nov 2018 Cover Image How Ideas of Purity Damage Our Mental Sexual Health (And Happiness) The unconscious sexual caste system that undercuts our relationships with self and others. 10, Oct 2018 Cover Image What is a Normal Period? Let’s talk about periods beyond the menstruation shame business. 04, Oct 2018 Cover Image What Makes Your Sexual Confidence Go Up and Down Sexual confidence is like a Snakes and Ladders Game 26, Mar 2018 Cover Image Why Flirting Without Agenda Matters: Lessons from the Caribbean There is a way to verbally and non-verbally gauge another person’s interest without harassing them. It’s called flirting 13, Mar 2018 Cover Image Choli ke Peeche Kya Hain? So Many Tit-bits of Important General Knowledge An essential primer on breasts. 06, Mar 2018 Cover Image I Dreamed of Having a Suhaag Raat Straight Out of the Movie Kama Sutra. My Actual Experience Was Nothing Like It It’s been a decade since I had sex with a man. 20, Mar 2018 Cover Image Sex Actually: The Sexual Encounter Women Say They Can't Forget Women make sense of their diverse sexual experiences. 26, Jan 2018 Cover Image LOVE, SEX AND KHICHDI I just wanted to hold him tight and never let go. I wanted to make sure he would come back and I wanted to scream at him for untangling the ‘not’s in my chest. 12, Dec 2017 Cover Image LONGING IS THE SPICE THAT MAKES A MEAL OF SEX FOR ME Longing is a spice. Its essence pulls you close, teases the appetite at the slightest taste. What is love without longing? 04, Dec 2017 Cover Image #MardonWaliBaatein: A Twitter Conversation About Men and Sexual Emotions Twitter chat with Manak Matiyani and Devanik Saha storified 19, Nov 2017 Cover Image What Men Talk About When They Talk About Sex As boys grow up and start having their first experiences, the conversation is similar to sharing newfound facts about sex in childhood: “You won’t believe what I did!” “how did it feel?” “this is how it is.” 17, Nov 2017 Cover Image #QueerlyHeartbroken: A Twitter Chat With Sonal Giani Queer Rights Activist Sonal Giani, on being Queer and Heartbroken, the common issues faced by queer people during break ups and how to deal with it. 01, Nov 2017 Cover Image #Unfinished Business: A Conversation about Sudden Heartbreaks Expert tips on dealing with a broken heart. 17, Oct 2017 Cover Image LOVE, SEX AUR DIMAAG: A VIDEO ABOUT MENTAL SEXUAL HEALTH 16, Oct 2017 Cover Image WE MET ON GRINDR. NOW THE INTIMACY OF THE SEX WE HAD MAKES IT HARD FOR ME TO FORGET HIM Some loves are sexual, where emotion, body and connection become powerfully joined in the intimacy of sex more than anything else. It is an intoxication, a nasha that’s hard to forget, because it runs deep. 08, Nov 2017 Cover Image THE AOI GUIDE TO DIFFERENT TYPES OF DOCTORS FOR SEX-RELATED PROBLEMS Agents of Ishq’s handy guide to what type of doctor attends to what kind of ailments. 21, Nov 2017 Cover Image my mother does not know i am wearing her sari. how long must I hide? poetry and poetic prose by soz 29, Sep 2017 Cover Image WHAT DOCTORS (REALLY) THINK ABOUT SEX, ABORTION AND VIRGINITY A doctor’s account of gender and moral biases that are rife in the health care system. 24, Oct 2017 Cover Image Dosti is Pyaar: Being Lost and Finding Friends If pyaar is dosti, it took me a while to understand that that dosti is also pyaar, but more forgiving. 04, Aug 2017 Cover Image I Felt Humiliated for Contracting an STI But I Know I'm Touchable, Lovable and More-Than-Sexable Getting an STI is surrounded by shame and shaming, even at times, by doctors. 03, Aug 2017 Cover Image Everything You Need To Know About Condoms But Feel Embarrassed To Ask Why use condoms? Do condoms really kill pleasure? Answers to questions you feel embarrassed to ask. 30, Aug 2017 Cover Image Things People Tell Me About Sex: Diary Of A Gynaecologist A gynaecologist gives us an insight into how (little) sex is understood even in marriage 01, Aug 2017 Cover Image How To Understand Your Body As You Grow Older 13, Jun 2017 Cover Image Things You Should Know About Anal Sex Yes, most people are curious about anal sex ki baatein. But not every woman, gay or straight, is comfortable with having a penis or a dildo in their anus. Not all men, gay or straight, are instantly (or ever) comfortable with having either a penis or a strap-on in their anus either 27, Jun 2017 Cover Image Watch Me As I Fall In Love: 5 Trans Persons Talk About Dating Love is supposed to be the simplest thing, but it isn’t. 17, May 2017 Cover Image HOW NORMAL IS YOUR SEX DRIVE? (PROBABLY VERY NORMAL) 16, May 2017 Cover Image WHAT INDIAN MEN FEEL ABOUT THEIR PENIS 26, Apr 2017 Cover Image What Makes Women Feel Hot? - The Answers May Surprise You 04, Apr 2017 Cover Image DON'T KNOW WHERE TO FIND GOOD SEX EDUCATORS? HERE'S A LIST Have you ever had the sex talk? With children as a parent, as a teacher or as an adult with your own parents? Was it relaxed or was it more like the channel that has to be changed as soon as the hero and the heroine looked into each other’s eyes? Does the question, 'Where do babies come from?' or the question ‘what does gay mean’ give you a massive coughing fit that requires running to the bathroom? You know you should be talking to your kid about sex. But you just don’t know where to start. 11, Apr 2017 Cover Image Dear MTV, Please Excuse But Orgasms DO Have A Gender 10, Mar 2017 Cover Image Six Sexy Things Women Want. OK? Equality, justice, pleasure and fun! 08, Mar 2017 Cover Image PURURVASA’S LOVE-MAKING ALMANAC 14, Feb 2017 Cover Image Don't Miss These Nine Stories About Young Girls' Periods! What if we could move on to talking about periods as just another part of our lives? 03, Oct 2016 Cover Image RECLAIM MENSTRUATION! SAY BOO TO TABOO! 28, Sep 2016 Cover Image Women go to Gynaecologists, whom do Men go to? Women have gynaecologists to go to for sexual health. What do men do? Does that awkward conversation while watching porn with your friend count? Or that drunk conversation? Or that random boasting? Or being told to be a ‘mard’ or a ‘man’? Probably not. Dr Nair has the solution for all this and more. Cover Image EATING AT THE BANQUET OF PLEASURE IS WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERS FOR SEXUAL MENTAL HEALTH. SO WHY DO WE HOLD BACK?