Adolescent problems explained in simple terms

Special Correspondent

Question and answer sessions organised by the Indian Medical Association

TIRUCHI: What is good and bad touch? When should sex education be imparted to students? How to avoid distractions while studying?

These and a volley of questions on issues bothering adolescents flew thick and fast from a group of students at question and answer sessions organised in the City by the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Tiruchi Branch, and the Bharathidasan University on Sunday. With wit and pointed replies, Narayana Reddy, Adjunct Professor of Reproductive Endocrinology and Sexual Medicine, University of Medicine, kept the students in rapt attention right through the end. Often engaging the students in a discussion, Dr.Narayana Reddy explained to them in simple terms the medical perspective on adolescent problems. He also advised the students on healthy lifestyle, ways to avoid stress and improving their academic performance. Replying to a question on when to start sex education, Dr.Reddy said ideally parents should start educating their children when they attain puberty. Some parents turn irresponsible by not discussing issues relating to sex with their children and failing to create an atmosphere conducive for the children to get correct information. This often resulted in children approaching the wrong person and getting the wrong information.

Parents should understand the questions raised by the children correctly and answer to the point, he said.

Dr. Ramani Devi, gynaecologist, answered queries relating to gynaecological problems of girls, while Dr. N. Balasubramanian, Dean, K.A.P.Viswanatham Government Medical College, clarified doubts on dermatological problems.

Dr. Prabhu Ilango, Honorary Secretary, IMA, Tiruchi, Dr. M.S.Ashraf, President, IMA, Tiruchi, and Dr. J. Lakshmi Narayanan, Senior Paediatrician, coordinated the event.

Earlier, in a lecture on diabetes and sexual problems, Dr. Narayana Reddy urged doctors to be pro-active in asking questions about the sexual problems of patients as there were therapies available for treating them.