Background: Reproductive morbidity is any morbidity or dysfunction of the reproductive tract or any morbidity which is a consequence of reproductive behaviour including pregnancy, abortion, childbirth or sexual behaviours. Aim and Objectives: To determine the prevalence of gynaecological morbidity and treatment seeking behaviour among married women of reproductive age group in Udupi. Material and Methods: A cross sectional descriptive survey conducted among married women in reproductive age group of 18-45 years. A total of 330 women were selected by purposive sampling from six villages of Udupi Taluk. Pretested questionnaire on symptoms and treatment seeking behaviour on gynaecological morbidity was used to collect the data. Results: The prevalence of gynaecological morbidity among study population was 66.4% with majority having symptoms suggestive of reproductive tract infections and dysfunctional uterine bleeding and menstrual disorders. Among 219 women who reported symptoms of gynaecological morbidity, 63.9% women had sought some form of treatment and 45% of the women went only to private hospital. There was significant association between gynaecological morbidity and number of children (χ2 = 24.215, p< 0.001) and postnatal exercise practiced (χ2 =4.769, p =0.035). Conclusion: Prevalence of gynaecological morbidities is high in this community. Inspite of having gynaecological morbidity, many did not seek treatment due to various barriers Hence, women must get health education to seek health care earlier to prevent further complications of the disease.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences University|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
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