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Implications of living and working conditions on women’s health: A study in rural Maharashtra, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Tata institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 10, Issue (3), Pages 47-51, July,14 (2021)


In Indian context where majority of the population belongs to the rural sector, women are generally married at a young age, thereafter become mothers and are then overburdened by domestic and economic responsibilities. Health wise, these women remain mostly anemic and remain the last member of their household to eat and receive any medical attention. In lieu of the background, the broad objectives of the study is to examine how women’s living and working conditions mediate their experiences of gynecological morbidities. It is an exploratory study that aims at understanding the process of decision making by a woman to undergo hysterectomy. In doing so the study focuses on the narratives of each woman about their experiences of illness, using an in-depth interview checklist. It follows the case history approach to take an account of their life experience vis a vis respective families and experience at the medical facility, involving first visit, following consultations etc. It is revealed in the study that discomfort due to menstruation cause hindrance in their day to day activities. It is also known that reasons such as past experience of multiple home births with lack of resources and proper care leads to uterine prolapsed which forms a prominent symptom warranting hysterectomy. The other morbidities include abdominal pain, white discharge, heavy menstrual bleeding and Pelvic inflammatory disease.


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