'Yuva clinics' to help girls shed fears of health issues

Thursday, 2 January 2014 - 10:30am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
Umbrella body of gynaecologists to hold camps for girls on problems arising out of pre-marital sex, polycystic ovary syndrome.

With gynaecological problems like anaemia, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) emerging as one of the most common endocrine disorders among females, the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) has decided to step in to raise awareness on the problems.

FOGSI, an umbrella body of gynaecologists, will soon start ‘Yuva clinics’ to educate adolescent girls on the health complications.

Dr Ashwini Bhalerao Gandhi, vice president of FOGSI (Mumbai) said, “An adolescent girl a very shy person and often hesitates to seek help. We always felt the need to give special attention to girls in adolescent age group (10-19) and give them holistic counselling on gynaecology related problems.”

Doctors said that approximately 30-40 per cent of teenagers visiting them suffer from PCOS, which often affects younger women.  While the major cause of concern in women suffering from PCOS is infertility, it can also become life-threatening as it leads to an increase in incidence of obesity.

Dr Gandhi further added that this age group needs to be handled with utmost care. “We need to have a non-judgemental attitude while talking to this age group. We need to build a good rapport with them so that they talk freely to express their problems,” said Dr Gandhi.

In the Yuva clinics, the gynaecologists aim to concentrate on lifestyle, diet, contraception and menstruation related problems.

According to experts, the most common problem brought up by this age group are menstrual issues, pre-marital sex etc. “In the yuva clinic, our aim is not to issue sermon but counsel them and protect their overall health. While talking to them, we need to ensure that their confidentiality is maintained,” said Dr Gandhi. The gynaecologists volunteering for the cause are trained under the World Health Organistation set module that is Indianised. 

Apart from Ýuva Clinics, FOGSI had also launched a cell to empower women and fight violence against women. Dr Hema Divakar, president, FOGSI, said, “As a gynaecologist, women first come to us with physical problem. It is during examination that we learn if she has been a victim of violence. FOGSI strongly felt the need to have a cell to help women facing violence.”

Handling with care
According to experts, the most common problem brought up by this age group are menstrual issues, pre-marital sex etc. At Yuva Clinic, their aim is to counsel girls and protect their overall health. “We need to ensure that their confidentiality is maintained,” said an expert. The volunteers are trained under a WHO module.


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