New Delhi: Health experts from different verticals on Wednesday expressed concern over the growing trend of hysterectomy (removal of the uterus).India is experiencing a high number of cases of uterine removal, even in much younger women, which can place a physical, social and mental burden on them, experts have said.
“Families are our society’s primary decision makers when it comes to women’s health, and therefore families need to be made aware of these issues so that women have their support in seeking the best medical advice,” said Amita Bali Vohra. , DDG, Government of India.
Speaking at an event held here to raise awareness about unnecessary hysterectomies in the country, Vohra said more and more young women are opting for hysterectomy as motherhood is over early in India, adding that guidelines should be in place to educate and guide these women. .
The event was organized as part of the nationwide “save the uterus” campaign launched in April by Bayer in collaboration with the Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology Societies of India (FOGSI) and the Council of IHW, with a focus on policy perspectives in states, strengthening health systems to address women’s health issues, and raising awareness of the impact of hysterectomies.
The “Preserve the Uterus” campaign aims to educate women and healthcare professionals about modern and alternative methods of managing gynecological diseases and to raise awareness of the impact of hysterectomy so that women can make informed and empowered choices. .
While talking about government initiatives on women’s health, K. Madan Gopal, Senior Consultant (Health), NITI Aayog, observed that work is being done to emphasize gynecological care over obstetric care, which have been the focus of government for the past few decades.
Screenings and diagnostic care for women’s health also need to be scaled up, Gopal said.
After hysterectomy, many women report medical issues such as back pain, vaginal discharge, weakness, sexual health issues, and incontinence.
Hysterectomy at a younger age is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and osteoporosis, while also affecting an individual’s mental health. In India, hysterectomies are the second most common gynecological surgery.
“As an important player in the health field, Bayer is committed to driving innovation in women’s health and works with like-minded partners on issues that have a significant impact on health. lives of women,” said Manoj Saxena, Managing Director of Bayer Zydus.
“A woman’s rights to her body and health should not be overlooked for economic benefit while risking her health. With an increase in the use of social media, especially in rural areas, initiatives like this These will go a long way in boosting health awareness and prioritizing women’s reproductive health,” said Kamal Narayan, CEO, IHW Council.
According to the latest data from the NFHS, the median age for having undergone the procedure is estimated at 34 years. Experts said it is lower than global trends, indicating that the procedure is performed close to menopause.