While women do not pay attention to their health and regular screenings, many are unaware about the gynae and obstetrics issues that they might suffer from
Women often ignore their own health concerns as they devote their lives to caring for their children and family
Women undergo several changes in their body mechanisms throughout their lives. The hormonal changes, menstrual cycles, greater propensity to suffer early bone loss and arthritis are factors exclusive to women. However, often they ignore their own health issues, do not pay attention to indicators or warning symptoms as they are too busy looking after their families.
To draw the attention of mothers and women to their own health issues and the need to stay alert, doctors at Paras Bliss Hospital for Mother & Child conducted an in-house gyaencology and obstetrics camp to educate the women regarding health procedures and gynaecologic concerns with expert and compassionate care.
From urinary tract infections, to pelvic function disorders to such serious concerns as cervical cancer — women face multiple health worries during and beyond their reproductive periods. While it is important for women to immediately react to the noticeable symptoms, a regular health checkup is highly recommendable, especially post menopause.
At multiple points in their lives, women face different kinds of health issues ranging from hormonal imbalance, disturbed menstrual cycles, polycystic ovary syndrome or other reproductive health issues to more serious health woes such as cervical or ovarian cancer. The key to warding off dangers and threats is to stay alert and keep up the defences.
“Cervical cancer and breast cancer are the top two diseases that cause maximum cancer deaths for women worldwide. A little amount of alertness and awareness about these issues can save a number of lives by detecting the developments on time. This is particularly relevant in the case of cervical cancer, which is the only form of cancer that can be prevented with vaccination. However, we find that awareness is very abysmal among Indian women about health issues that are so crucial to them. Hence through this camp we aimed at educating the women regarding gynaecological diseases and health problems concerning them,” said Dr Shilva, Consultant –Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paras Bliss Hospital for Mother & Child.
Women body undergoes different stages throughout her life, and accordingly takes place the hormonal changes. In the period after pregnancy, women experience several characteristic health issues such as urinary incontinence, issues with the bowel movement and painful sex. Sometimes there can emerge serious disorders such as pelvic function disorders or pelvic organ prolapse. These issues should never be taken lightly and should be immediately reported to the doctor.
“India suffers from lack of culture of regular checkups. The ignorance increases when it comes to women. However, regular visits to doctor for a routine checkups and preventive screening is one of the important aspects of maintaining health. In India, this concept is considered to be waste of money, especially in case of women. Breast cancer and cervical cancers can be detected through simple and cost effective tests like an ultrasound/mammography and a PAP Smear. However, most women don’t even know the importance of the same. Also many a times, gynaecological symptoms tend to resemble other medical conditions or urological problems. Therefore, it further necessitates the need to consult a physician for diagnosis. Women face menstrual (bleeding) problems at some point or the other in life. It is mandatory to get the right opinion so that the appropriate treatment is done and unnecessary operative interventions are avoided.” Dr. Harpreet Kaur Isher – Consultant –Obstetrics and Gynecology, Paras Bliss Hospital for Mother & Child
The camp attracted a lot of women participants who eagerly gained knowledge from the experts on gynecological diseases such as irregular menses, increased decreased bleeding during menses, leucorrhoea, persistent leucorrhoea not responding to the treatment, lower abdominal pain, backache, bleeding after menopause, primary infertility, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), which occurs when hormones are out of balance and causes issues during menstruation and difficulty in getting pregnant.