Meet Dr Vithal Prabhu, Sexologist

Jul 12, 2010

A Doctor who learns from Patients

There are doctors and there are doctors with a difference.  And that is what I found when I had a chance opportunity to meet this 82 year young doctor at his home in Mumbai.  Dr Vithal Prabhu,  MBBS, FCGP, FIC(USA) a well-known sexologist of Maharashtra, with 30 books (in Marathi) to his credit on sex and health,   unmistakably belongs to that rare breed of a ‘doctor with a difference’, for whom serving the ordinary masses is  a life mission in which he  finds complete satisfaction.  He made it his mission to visit his patients in hospitals any time of the day or night unmindful of the distance he had to cover.  By doing so he thought that it was the patient who was doing him a favour and not vice versa.  He firmly believed that his patients enriched him as he felt that when he visited them he learns from them and feels that it is their experience which helped him in his profession to serve the people better.  Dr Prabhu certainly belies the popular notion that being 82 is to be on the wrong side of the age.  His indomitable energy and zestfulness, age not withstanding,   is just a pointer to the energy the man possesses and his approach towards life.   

Now Semi retired from his profession (practicing only one day a week) Dr Prabhu still vouches by his profession and says he can never fully retire from it as other doctors refer cases to him.  Writing books with the cardinal motive of enlightening the masses is his soul agenda and he wants to write a book on Human Sexuality in English.  He also has plans to put in black and white the experiences of cases he has handled in the last 42 years of his medical practice.

Ever since the first book “Niramay Kaamjeevan” (healthy sex life) Dr Prabhu has written books on every aspect of human sexuality and health aimed at different age groups.  “Niramay Kaamjeevan” which was initially refused by publishers due to the taboo associated with sex-related subject sold over 80,000 copies in the first edition and now the book is in its 23rd edition which is an indicator of the popularity of the book which deals with some of the fallacies associated with sex.    “The greatest satisfaction I got was when one of the readers telephoned me and confessed that he had overcome the tendency to commit suicide after reading my book which helped him to surmount the guilt feeling he harbored and that he was looking for a bride to get married soon. 

I don’t think there is greater satisfaction than the capacity to save people’s lives”, he confesses with true satisfaction writ large on his face.   “Our country does not need sophisticated instruments to treat people.  What our people need is information and knowledge”, he emphasizes.  He realized this bitter truth during his visit to Japan.  He felt that Japanese were healthier not because of sophisticated instruments but because people were better informed.  This spurred him to write more on sex related topics.  

The Trigger Point

In fact Dr Prabhu was a general practitioner who became a sexologist and there was trigger point which prompted him to venture into writing to demolish the taboos and erroneous beliefs associated with sex and help couple lead a satisfactory life.  He read about a young girl committing suicide after the first night of her marriage.  Due to lack of sexual awareness and lack of sex education the girl was shocked and felt humiliated after the sexual act and committed suicide.   Dr Prabhu was greatly touched by the incident and felt the need to spread awareness among people.   He realized there was too much ignorance about sex and he came out with his book in the early 80’s and since then Dr Prabhu has come out with a book almost every year.   “Sexuality is a science of relationship” says this octogenarian with his wealth of experience on the subject. 

And what is the mantra of a successful marriage according to him?  “Marriage is for companionship.  The reason for the alarming rise in divorce among couples is due to the wrong selection of partners.  Before marriage the boy and girl should meet repeatedly in their homes which enable them to understand each other and spend time together without thoughts of sex.  These meetings also help the man to understand and meet other members of the family and also understand her upbringing and vice versa”, he opines.   He further adds “it is a strange paradox that in our country marriage is considered holy, motherhood is also holy but the act bridging the two is taboo.  We have all been conditioned that way, including doctors who are embarrassed to talk about it”. 

Though he ventured into writing with a gut feeling he felt he was ignorant about so many aspects of sex and made efforts to learn more before coming out with the book.   Many publishers refused to publish the book as it dealt with sex, a subject which was considered as taboo.  Finally it was Majestic publications which took the bold decision of publishing the book on a subject which many pretended to loath at least publicly.   Dr Prabhu recalls that well known personalities like Jayavant Dalvi and Sachin Tendulkar’s father Ramesh Tendulkar encouraged him to come out with the book when there was opposition from many quarters.   

Proving the Astrologer Wrong

Life was always a challenge for Dr Prabhu and he had to work hard to prove his astrologer wrong.  Born in Kallamundkur near Moodbidri in 1928 the family had come to Mumbai when Dr Prabhu was hardly six in search of a better prospect.  His father was running a hotel in Mumbai and the family had difficult time in leading a hand to mouth existence.  The astrologer who saw his horoscope termed him as a “dullard, a scape-grace who would not even pass his SSC”.  This horror news spurred him to work harder despite odds against him. It is an irony that the death certificate of this astrologer was issued by Dr Prabhu.

Due to typhoid he wasted two years and then passed SSC going to Morning College and then finished his intermediate with a fairly good percentage.   He passed out from King Edward Medical College in 1955 and was faced with the dilemma of knowing whether his personality suited for masses or classes.  He chose the first one and rightly so has remained faithful to what he found suits him the best and more so found satisfaction in it.   Of course his stint in Rashtriya Seva Dal gave him the initial spur motivating him to serve the society.  He has taken inspiration from Dr Raghunath Dhondo Karve (son of the great reformer Keshav Karve), a pioneer in family planning in India, who was his role model.  

As Seva Dl activist Prabhu recalls an incident that had left an indelible mark in his life.  He was busy distributing some pamphlets when independence movement was at its peak and when police came chasing these youngsters Prabhu along with a few ran and entered a building nearby.  As shoot at sight order in force people had closed the doors and Prabhu and others just entered a toilet which was open and bolted it.  Though the police gave a few kicks the door did not give in and Prabhu & Co had saved their lives.  

Treating Non-consummation Infertility

As a sexologist Dr Prabhu has helped many childless couple to get over the infertility tag without resorting to modern and expensive artificial methods of conceiving.  “Non-consummation of marriage is one of the major reasons for infertility”, says Dr Prabhu.  For many such couple who had come to him he had prescribed the simple method of the injecting the sperms by the husband with the help of syringe inside the vagina and 28 children have been born with this method, a rare accomplishment considering the cumbersome and expensive methods used by many doctors.

There was a couple from Pune who telephoned him seeking his help for conceiving as the marriage had consummated  and  the wife conceived in the second month itself by trying this method without even meeting the doctor. Later when the couple came to know that Dr Prabhu was coming to Pune they came to meet him with the baby and he says that gave him immense satisfaction, something that cannot be likened to anything material.    Dr Prabhu has also been instrumental in immunizing about 80,000 children for Tetanus since 1968, after he came across of only child of parents dying of Tetanus. 

A recipient of numerous awards including the best Literature Award of Maharashtra state three times,  Dr Prabhu is the Vice Chairperson of Council of Sex Education & Parenthood-International (CSEP) and Consultant to SECRT (Sex Education Counseling, Research, Therapy) Centre of Family Planning Association of India.  Awards or no awards he is bent upon going about his mission with a facetious effervescence, much to the mortification of the younger lot.    

His wife Veena, an Ayurvedic doctor has been his source of support in all his endeavors.  Dr Veena is the sister of Dr R S Mahale, the famous gynecologist of Mangalore.   Veena is a hardcore traveler and likes exploring places.  At 80 she plays badminton for an hour everyday to keep herself fit like a fiddle. 

The doctor couple are driven by the object of selfless service and are unequivocal in saying money cannot equate the joy they get in serving people being doctors.  The couple does feel that money is important up to a certain extent but it should not be the sole criterion of one’s life. One only wished there were more of their ilk in today’s world!

Dr Vithal Prabhu, M B B S, FCGP,  F I C (USA)
Vice President – Council of Sex Education & Parenthood (International)
Tel:  (022) 2445 2065.
 Mob:  98206 75815 - Email :

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Comment on this article

  • priyesh, kerala / Dubai

    Wed, Jul 18 2018

    Dear sir I need your clinic address in Dubai to discuss my sexual health issues and also tell the total expenses on my treatment.Please sir revert on this waiting for your rever

  • Sadat, Deira Dubai

    Sat, Feb 17 2018

    Dear sir I’m 29 years old but I’m working at Dubai I’m married have children now I have sexual disorder I want to meet with you at Dubai where is located to your clinic at Dubai

  • Mangesh Raut, Ratnagiri/ Dadar, Mumbai

    Tue, Dec 12 2017

    Sir, i am 52 years old.i am suffering from sugar for last few years, my post sugar level is approx 200,but for last one year I am suffering from erectile dysfunction, i have visited few doctor but could not get proper results,i am very much worried about my married life, sir i am staying in Dadar near your resident, if possible kindly give me your appointment, or if it is not possible, kindly suggest a good doctor for me, i am very much in depression, i will be highly obliged to you sir,
    kindly help me.

  • Ganesh K, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 15 2016

    Dear Sir,
    I kindly request you to provide me the name and address of any good Doctor in Bangalore to discuss some sex problem with him.Preferably GSB.

  • Aasim Qidwai, Dubai

    Tue, Dec 29 2015

    Good evening sir I need your clinic address in Dubai to discuss my sexual health issues and also tell the total expenses on my treatment.Please sir revert on this waiting for your revert.

  • Hasan, Abu Dhabi, UAE

    Tue, Dec 15 2015

    I like to meet you personally. kindly send me your Abu Dhabi Address.

  • Naveen Negi , Dubai, jebel ali

    Sun, Nov 01 2015

    Hi sir,
    I want to meet u personally.
    Kindly Plz give me ur dubai branch address... I want to discussion abt my sex problem.
    Plz help me.
    Naveen negi

  • Meet the Doctor, Dr. Vithal Prabhu

    Tue, Aug 04 2015

    Many are miserable like you because of misconceptions. Nature has provided everything to man & woman for reproduction. However, nature does not speak. The age-old misconception is that semen is a precious fluid. Semen has no better value than saliva , perspiration or tears. The function of penis is to deposit semen at the mouth of the uterus for fertility. The rest of the job is done by Nature. You do not need steel-hard penis for this purpose. Be happy with whatever has been granted to you by Nature. YOU ARE NORMAL. Do not be in the trap of the quacks.
    My friend Dr.Mahinder Watsa, a Gynecologist and Sexologist has written a book ,'It's Normal'. Do read it. (Published by Penguin Books, available online). Many men are under the wrong conception that woman needs a long & hard penis and that her satisfaction is in her vagina. This is totally wrong. She is fond of love , touch, sincerity , honesty and appreciation. For erotic satisfaction the man needs only a finger to stimulate clitoris. Vagina is without sensation.

  • sex timing and hardness, tanoli

    Sat, Jul 25 2015

    Dear sir.i m feeling sperm in urine.when i use tolit.i m feeling too week phicicly and sexuly both.from the startinghood in teenage when i was 16 to till now my age is 34 and im mrride now.also i have a prolm of hardness and timing during intercose .plz guide is there as ny medicine in alopathic.

  • pranajal, thane

    Tue, Feb 17 2015

    Sir i wanted to meet you but as u hv stopd ur practice, pls recommend me good sexologist in thane who can help me in my married life sexual issue....

  • Madan, Nepal

    Fri, Nov 28 2014

    Dear Dr.Prabhu
    It is really a pleasure to read such great article with many information.Anyway we can contact you? Regards


    Mon, Oct 20 2014

    Dear Dr. Vithal Prabhu,
    It is my pleasure and I feel great to read a article about your achievements, i wish to meet you please send me clinic address in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, UAE.

  • Dr. Vithal Prabhu, Kallamundkur / Mumbai

    Wed, Sep 24 2014

    I have discontinued pvt. practice since 2 years . However, you may write to me on You will be answered free of cost -Vithal Prabhu

  • Sonal Aniket, Pune

    Tue, Sep 23 2014

    Hello Doctor. Reading your articles and messages above feels that i can get finally some help from an great experienced person. I cannot come to bombay so is there any ways i can get in touch with you to discuss my problems.

  • Danish Khan, Najibabad(west UP)/ Muscat (Oman)

    Mon, Sep 01 2014

    i want to know that i m living in oman muscat and my wife is living in india. i spend 15 days with her after marriage and again i went for 15 days and spend with her, but my wife still does not get any pregnancy.
    i have a some little bit problem of premature ejaculation and some time erection problem due to stress. so kindly please treat us.
    we want child as soon as possible so please tell me any way that we will get child

  • Hemanshu Ghelani, uae

    Wed, Mar 26 2014

    Dear sir

    pls send me u r uae clinc address.

  • Nilesh Parakh, Sangamner

    Wed, Aug 14 2013

    Contact details of Dr. Vithal Prabhu is
    Dr. Vithal Prabhu,
    Pandurang Naik road,
    Shivaji park,
    Land line: - 02224452065
    Mobile: - 9820675815

  • nitin anand, kerala/ qatar

    Tue, Sep 18 2012

    can i have the contact details of Dr. Vithal Prabhu.

  • karuna, borivali

    Mon, Jun 25 2012

    i wish to meet dr vithal prabhu pl send me clinic adress & time

  • Vivek, dhule

    Mon, Jan 23 2012

    really the book Niraamay kaamjeevan is helpful.

  • Aditya, Pune

    Thu, Jan 19 2012

    I have read the book "Niramay Kamajivan".
    What an Excellent Book!!!
    I have recommended this book to many of my friends.
    Thanks You Doctor

  • Dr. Vithal Prabhu, Kallamundkur/Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 16 2011

    Dear Ramanath,
    We originally come from Paladka.My father and his predesessors stayed there. If Madhav Bhan Prabhu was brother of Ram Prabhu, then we are cousins. If so, what a coincidence!


    Sat, Nov 12 2011

    I am overjoyed to read the article though a bit belatedly.I was born at Paladka which is near Kallamundkur. I don't know whether you knew my late father-Ravalappa Prabhu and grand father Rama prabhu? God bless you

  • vinod T. mhaske, aurangabad, maharashtra

    Wed, Oct 05 2011

    sir, i have read ur niramay kamjivan & my all concet has been cleard about sex thanks for that. vinod m.

  • ED, Sharjah

    Mon, Jul 18 2011

    Having ED, please guide me what to do with it...Having problem of excess urination when take water or fluids and have irritation legs when going to bed at night

  • Joe Gonsalves, Mangalore - U.S.A.

    Thu, Jul 15 2010

    I must say congrats to Dr. Vittal Prabhu on his role in dispelling fears in the minds of young men and women and enlightening them with regard to sex.

    Sex is a myth in the minds of several people and while saying kudos Dr. Vittal I must say congrats also to Florine in locating and interviewing Dr. Vittal.

    Joe Gonsalves

  • Anand, Karkala/Dubai

    Thu, Jul 15 2010

    Hard work and luck both should go hand in hand, then you will reach to the peak with success. Very good article from Daiji, I am eager to meet Dr. Prabhu on my next visit to Mumbai. Could you please tell me the availability of your books online? Wishing you good health......

  • Dr.Vithal Prabhu, Kallamundkur/Mumbai

    Wed, Jul 14 2010

    Dear Nicholas,
    Thanks for your comments. I feel honoured to meet you, a person from my native place,through the email. Though I left kallamundkur at the age of six,I still cherish faint but sweet memories of this place. No one from our family is at this place now. I heard from my grandmother that my great grandfather had a grocery shop at Bhanangadi. We had our house on the main road oppo to Kudwa family.Ramdas,Vittu, Punda were my childhood friends.Kudwas shifted to Kinnigoli and our family shifted to Kesargadde (near Moodbidri)

  • Julie, Mundkur/Doha Qatar

    Wed, Jul 14 2010

    Very good article. This type of article always appear in Daijiworld. Now a days no.of divorces are increasing due to wrong ion of partners, it is very true. Hats off to you doctor. I wish you all the best. May God grant you happiness & peace in your family.

  • Nicholas D'Souza, Kallamundkur/Surathkal

    Tue, Jul 13 2010

    Dear Dr. Vithal Prabhu,

    It is my pleasure and I feel great to read a article about your achivement in olden days where there was no higher educational institutions around Kallamundkur. Then you shifted to Mumbai and reached to this height, it is really admirable. May I know exactly you are from which family at Kallamundkur, basically I am also from same place. Is anyone from your family lives at Kallamundkur? Really you brought reputation to a small village like Kallamundkur by your profession and literature. I salute for your good work. May almighty God give you strength, good health and long life to further achivements. Let more and more literature come out of the ocean of your knowledge, thinking and ideas. Best Wishes to you & Family.

  • Rj Avinash, 92.7Bigfm,Mangalore, Udupi/Kundapur/Mangalore

    Tue, Jul 13 2010

    Dear Doctor, Something great is that you have achieved.I am sure that many of them have read this article but might have hesitated to comment on this.
    Good luck..

  • Agnello Dsouza , Mangalore/Muscat

    Tue, Jul 13 2010

    'Sexuality is the science of relationship'. How very true.That there is so much stress in our lives is because we do not handle realtionships well.Sex is still a taboo can be understood from that the responses to this good article are too few.Dear Doctor you would do yeoman service to our networked youth by starting a website and dispensing responsible sex inofrmation

  • Harish, Shakthinagar

    Mon, Jul 12 2010

    You are doing great job doctor, hats off to you. And also good article Florina madam.

  • sowmya, kallamundkur

    Mon, Jul 12 2010

    sir very happy to hear that you are from kallamundkur

  • Nanda hegde, Manglore

    Mon, Jul 12 2010

    "Sir...YOU ARE GREAT"

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