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A STUDY ON WOMEN’S HEALTH RELATED ISSUES IN A COMMUNITY

Shamseena P. M.*, Nikhila C. and Shafeena T.

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India is one of the largest third world countries where females are considered as disadvantage sections, demographically, socially, culturally and economically. The average women suffer from protein deficiency, caused by insufficient food intake, particularly by growing children and lactating mother. Several studies have shown that the neglect of women, from their childhood, has led to poor health and higher death rates among them. This study was carried out to find out several health related issues in a female life cycle, and health status. A total 850 women participants from kudumbashree unit, and data using health questionnaire. The demographic characters of patient were collected, 88.4% are married 11.2% are widowed and 0.1% are single. 43.2% patients got high school education and around 1.7% o were illiterate. Based on the economic status 60.5% belongs to APL and 39.5% of patients belongs to BPL category, majority of the women are house wives. The socioeconomic and health status is compared 41.6% undergo irregular check up, 58.4% undergo regular checkup. 12.5% accounts cervical cancer and 18% with breast cancer. About 17% were consuming leafy vegetables. Most of female experience reproductive health problems at the age of 45-55 years, start of menopause. Income plays an important role in health care decision. Protein energy malnutrition and deficiency of micronutrients exist among women. The demographic variables like age, economic status, educational status and marital status are found to be associated with health related issues among women. Life style disorder associated with eating habits, diet, exercise etc.

Keywords: Reproductive, socioeconomic status, lifestyle, health care.


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