Awareness For Growing Instances Of Uterus Removal in The Country
Post-hysterectomy, many women report medical issues such as backache, vaginal discharge, weakness, problems in sexual health and incontinence. Hysterectomy at a younger age is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and osteoporosis while also affecting the mental health of the individual
Bayer, a global healthcare company and Integrated Health and Wellbeing (IHW) Council organised a national summit in the capital to create awareness on unnecessary hysterectomies (surgical removal of the uterus) in the country.
India sees a high number of uterus removal (hysterectomy) cases, even among much younger women, which may inflict a physical, social, and mental health burden on these women, the statement by the company said.
The Summit was organised a part of the nationwide campaign 'Preserve the Uterus' which was launched in April 2022, by Bayer in collaboration with Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) and IHW Council, the company stated.
It is focussed on policy perspectives in states, strengthening health systems to cater to women’s health issues and raise awareness on the impact of hysterectomies, the company added.
Families are major decision makers in our society when it comes to women’s health and hence, families need to be made aware of such issues so that the women have their support in seeking best medical advice,” said Dr. Amita Bali Vohra, DDG, Government of India while taking part in the summit.
In India, hysterectomies are the second most common gynaecological surgery, often conducted for conditions like heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB), which could be managed non-surgically. Moreover, some of these are being performed at younger ages and during peak reproductive years.
“The medical fraternity needs to apply objective yardsticks and standardized algorithm for managing the indications and health issues that precede hysterectomy, and follow uniform protocols,” said Dr. Hrishikesh Pai, President, FOGSI, Medical Director, Bloom IVF Group.
While talking about government initiatives on women’s health Dr. K Madan Gopal, Sr. Consultant Health, NITI Aayog observed that work is underway to bring gynaecological care into focus as compared to obstetric care, which has been the government’s focus since the last couple of decades. Screenings and diagnostic care for women health also need to be initiated at a larger scale.
Post-hysterectomy, many women report medical issues such as backache, vaginal discharge, weakness, problems in sexual health and incontinence. Hysterectomy at a younger age is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and osteoporosis while also affecting the mental health of the individual.
Uterus is an important organ of the female body but due to lack of knowledge, there is a misconception that after childbearing, the uterus does not play a significant role in women’s health. This is the reason that many women opt for hysterectomies for trivial health issues.
While taking part in the discussion Mr. Kamal Narayan, CEO of IHW Council observed that a woman’s rights over her body and her health must not be neglected for economic benefits while risking her health. With an increase in use of social media especially in rural areas, initiatives like this will go a long way in giving a fillip to health awareness and prioritizing women’s reproductive health while removing stigma associated with it and ensure her physical and emotional well-being.
According to the latest NFHS data, the median age for having undergone the procedure is estimated to be 34 years. This, experts, say, is a cause for concern, since it is well below global trends, which indicate that the procedure is performed close to menopause. Lack of estrogen may also be linked to a range of health conditions such as osteoporosis, and increased risk of cardiovascular disease.