Awareness on Uterine Prolapse among Parous Women in Pokhara, Kaski
Introduction: Uterine prolapse (UP) is a common reproductive morbidity in Nepal. The greater number of women of all ages is suffering from the problem but they exist in silence as it is greatly associated with social stigma, isolation, discrimination and violence. The condition might be due to lack of awareness on uterine prolapse. Therefore, the objective of this study was to assess the awareness regarding uterine prolapse among parous women in Pokhara, Kaski.
Methods: A cross-sectional analytical research was conducted on a sample of 226 parous women aged between 20 to 59 years residing in Pokhara with probability, cluster sampling technique. Data was collected from June 26 to July 23, 2017 by the use of structured interview schedule. Data was entered into Epi-Data and further analyzed by using SPSS. Both descriptive and inferential statistics were used for data analysis at 5% level of significance.
Results: The study found that the mean score of the participants was 38.72 ± 3.98. Among parous women, 58.40 percent had good level of awareness, 41.60 percent had fair level of awareness and none of them exhibited poor level of awareness on uterine prolapse. Only few (20.35%) of them had heard about kegel exercise. The result further showed that there is statistically significant association of level of awareness with ethnic group (p=.004, OR=2.30) and experience of
uterine prolapse (p=.017, OR= 2.37).
Conclusion: It is concluded that just above fifty percent of the parous women had good level of awareness on uterine prolapse and most of them had not even heard about kegel exercise. Therefore, it is necessary to plan and implement the awareness raising programs continuously as it is the major area of concern among parous women.