Health experts express concern about the rising trend of hysterectomies in young women

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Health experts from various industries expressed concern on Wednesday about the growing trend of hysterectomy (removal of the uterus).

Experts said India is seeing a high number of hysterectomies even among much younger women, which can create a physical, social and mental health burden for them.

“Families are important decision makers in our society when it comes to women’s health, and so families need to be made aware of such issues so that the women get their support in seeking the best medical advice,” said Amita Bali Vohra, DDG , Government of India.

Speaking at an event to raise awareness about unnecessary hysterectomies in the country, Vohra said more and more younger women are undergoing hysterectomy as childbearing in India is completed early. She added that there should be guidelines to train and guide these women.

The event was organized as part of the nationwide campaign — ‘Preserve the Uterus’ — launched in April by Bayer in partnership with the Federation of Obstetric and Gynecological Societies of India (FOGSI) and the IHW Council. It focused on policy perspectives in states, strengthening health systems to meet women’s health concerns and raising awareness about the impact of hysterectomies.

The ‘Preserve the Uterus’ campaign aims to raise awareness among women and healthcare providers of modern and alternative methods of treating gynecological conditions. In addition, it seeks to create awareness about the impact of hysterectomy so that women can make informed choices.

While speaking about government initiatives in women’s health, K. Madan Gopal, Senior Consultant (Health), NITI Aayog, noted that efforts are being made to highlight gynecological care as compared to obstetric care, which has been the government’s focus for decades since the last few years.

Screening and diagnostic care for women’s health should also be initiated on a larger scale, Gopal said.

After the hysterectomy, many women report medical problems such as back pain, vaginal discharge, weakness, sexual health problems and incontinence.

Hysterectomy at a younger age is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and osteoporosis, while also affecting the individual’s mental health. In India, hysterectomies are the second most common gynecological surgery.

“As a key healthcare stakeholder, Bayer is committed to driving innovation in women’s healthcare and working with like-minded partners on issues that deeply impact women’s lives,” said Manoj Saxena, Managing Director from Bayer Zydus.

“A woman’s rights to her body and health should not be neglected for economic gains while putting her health on the line. With an increase in social media use, especially in rural areas, these types of initiatives will greatly contribute to improving health awareness and prioritizing women’s reproductive health,” said Kamal Narayan, CEO of IHW Council.

According to the latest NFHS data, the median age for undergoing the procedure is estimated to be 34 years. The experts said it is below global trends. Global data indicates that the procedure is performed near menopause.

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Health experts express concern about the rising trend of hysterectomies in young women

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