Original Research Article
Year: 2019 | Month: January | Volume: 9 | Issue: 1 | Pages: 145-151
Gynecological Morbidity and Utilization of Health Services among Women of Reproductive Age Group
Mamata Bharati1, Samjhana Kumari Poudel2, Gayatri Rai3, Biplabi Sapkota4
1Associate Professor, Nepalese Army Institute of Health Sciences, College of Nursing, Kathmandu, Nepal.
2Assistant Professor, Nepalese Army Institute of Health Sciences, College of Nursing, Kathmandu, Nepal.
3Nursing Dean, Karnali Academy of Health Science, Jumla,
4ICU Nurse, TU. IOM, Manmohan Cardiothoracic Vascular & Transplant Center Maharajgunj, Kathmandu.
Corresponding Author: Mamata Bharati
Introduction: Gynecological morbidity constitutes the leading cause of ill health among the women of reproductive age group worldwide. In developing countries gynecological morbidity greatly affects the quality of life of women and these problems were ignored by woman herself and family. Therefore the objective of this study was to find out the gynaecological morbidity and utilization of health services among women of reproductive age group.
Methodology: Descriptive explorative research study was conducted among 150 women of reproductive age residing in the rural community of Jumla district. Samples were selected through purposive sampling technique. Data was collected by interview method. Descriptive as well as inferential statistics (Chi-squire) were used to analyze the data.
Result: Findings of the study revealed that majority (70.0%) of the respondents experienced gynecological problem. Among them 72.4% experienced back pain and 66.7% experienced lower abdominal pain. More than half (51.4%) of the respondents sought treatment for their gynecological problems and 66.7% respondents went to hospital for treatment. Nearly half (48.6%) of the respondents had not sought treatment for their gynecological problems due to lack of felt need, lack of money and lack of time etc. Ethnicity, educational status as well as level of education were significantly associated (p ≤ 0.05) with gynecological morbidity.
Conclusion: It is concluded that women of reproductive age group experience gynecological problems and only half of them seek treatment for their gynecological problems. About half of them do not seek treatment due to lack of felt need for treatment, and other reasons.
Key words: Gynecological Morbidity, Reproductive Age, Health Services Utilization