The Wed Post X Dr Ankesh Sahetya - Everything You Need To Know About Intimate Healthcare Before Getting Married

Published by - The Wed Post | 8 minute read

While your bridal trousseau is en route and your beauty preps are going absolutely fine, there’s another major, yes we mean it, major issue that requires your attention and that’s your intimate healthcare. While most brides do have their BFF at hand to help them pick the perfect outfit for the big night, they often tend to step into it with a lot of questions unanswered.

If you too are a bride who feels clueless about prepping up her intimate health before the wedding, then fret not because we have you covered with Dr Ankesh Sahetya, a well-known gynaecologist and obstetrician from Mumbai on board, answering all the questions for you. Read on.

Are there any pre-nuptial tests or treatments that a bride-to-be needs to take before the wedding?

Both the bride and groom should get their basic CBC, Blood group, Hb electrophoresis tests to rule out thalassemia. It is also necessary to get the STD profile comprising of HIV, HCV HBSAG tested if already active sexually.

What precautions can a bride take to avoid having her wedding or honeymoon dates clash with her periods?

Although it’s very difficult to predict the dates unless her cycles are very accurate, she should visit her gynaecologist a week or two prior to her wedding and mention the dates she is expecting her periods to start so that the doctor can prescribe hormone tablets to schedule her cycle accordingly.

Is there any particular intimate hygiene guide that a bride must start following before the wedding?

While there is no special hygiene guide for brides-to-be, all girls and women should follow the usual healthy hygiene guide like using an intimate wash thrice a week. These products help maintain the pH level of the body parts while helping in the production of lactic acid that keeps bad bacteria and infections away.

What are types of birth control methods for a newlywed couple and when should a bride start with it?

It all depends on the frequency of sexual activity. If the couple is intimate 3-4 times a week then the 21-days oral contraceptive pills are perfect for them. If the frequency is lower, then the couple can go for external protection like condoms.

Are there any side effects of these birth control pills?

The common ones include mild gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea and gastritis. While there are a few unlikely ones mentioned in the literature as well, it’s best advisable to consult your gynaecologist and get the pills prescribed by him/her. After all, your doctor knows what’s best for you!

Are there any hormonal changes that a bride's body might undergo after getting married? How to avoid these?

Subtle hormonal changes are seen in new sexually-active women which often go unnoticed. But major changes can be seen once you start taking contraceptive pills. The most common being mild weight gain, which you can keep in check with a balanced diet, exercise and a regular follow-up with your gynaecologist.

Do conditions like PCOS or frequent UTIs act as a hindrance for healthy sexual life? What should a bride be doing to avoid these obstacles?

Yes! PCOS makes your periods irregular so determining the timing of sexual intercourse is difficult with reference to avoiding unwanted pregnancy. UTI causes immense irritation and burning in the urinary tract, which is in close proximity to the vagina, so intercourse too becomes unpleasant. For both these conditions, the bride should visit her gynaecologist and get them treated immediately. Moreover, a healthy lifestyle, well-balanced diet and regular hygiene practise, too, help avoid these conditions if they aren’t already existing.

What would be your go-to advice for a newly married couple to have a happy, healthy marital life?

Marriage, like anything in life which needs success and long term gains, needs adjustment and adaptation. One must always look at the larger picture and avoid petty differences and never bring up the past. Supporting each other in their shortcomings is also very important. One must also remember that marriage is all about gives and takes. Also, a common mistake that couples make is investing too much into each other and completely ignoring their own selves. To make your marriage happy and healthy, it is extremely important for both the husband and wife to look after their own health and well-being, both mental and physical.

Dr Ankesh Sahetya is a Gynaecologist, Obstetrician, Reproductive Endocrinologist, Laparoscopic Surgeon and Infertility Specialist based out of Mumbai. With a glorious experience of 11 successful years of practising the profession, Dr Sahetya is loved by his patients for his knowledge as well as a very friendly, understanding and optimistic approach. He has helped innumerable girls and women overcome their health and pregnancy-related issues. You can get in touch with him on +91 9820305454 or write to him at