A sample survey conducted by gynecologists of Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital has revealed that 20% women in postpartum period suffer from stress urinary incontinence (SUI), a condition in which urine dribbles even while coughing and other minor activities. SUI occurs due to weak muscles of the vagina.
SUI continues for six months to one year and can cause complications due to unhygienic conditions caused by SUI. Doctors have said that the problem is often neglected due to unawareness of women. Women feel embarrassed in revealing SUI. They often remain busy taking care of the family and forget about their own health.
They pointed out how difficult it is for women who face SUI in routine activities for six months in postpartum period. This leads to unhygienic conditions and later can also lead to complications.
Speaking on the sidelines of a National Association of Reproductive and Child Health of India (NARCHI) meet in Delhi on November 23, 2019, Dr Achla Batra, President, NARCHI, said, “We had questioned women, who had delivered babies, about SUI. 20% women answered positively that they had suffered from SUI.”
Dr Batra, who is professor at Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Safdarjung Hospital, advised that performing different pelvic muscle exercises can tackle SUI but women need to be educated about this.
“We have observed that these exercises have lead to major reduction in SUI. Women during pregnancy should be educated about these exercises. These exercises make women’s muscles strong,” added Dr Batra.
“We have also observed in other studies that women also suffer from depression after delivery. Around 20 women in postpartum period suffer from depression. The factors which lead to depression include unemployment of their husband, differences with mother-in-law and no help from others. This depression affects both the child and the women,” she explained.
“In postpartum period women also suffer clots in legs. However, this problem is not largely prevalent in India. So, these issues should be discussed with doctors and their attention is required.” added Dr Batra.