Geetha P1, Bharathi T2, Surendranadha Reddy K1 and Kodanda Reddy K1*
1Department of Anthropology, Sri Venkateswara University, India 2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Sri Venkateswara Medical College, IndiaFulltext PDF
Existing statistics indicate that the prevalence of hysterectomy is in surge in India. Most of the data is from hospital based and population based studies are limited. Hence the present investigation was undertaken to assess the prevalence and correlates of hysterectomy in a randomly selected free living 403 women aged between 15 to 50 years from Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh. The prevalence of hysterectomy was 5.2 percent (Mean age: 36.57 ± 6.95). Hysterectomy prevalence was found to be 2.5 percent in 30 to 39 yrs age group and rose to 16.8 percent in >40 yrs age group. Women with >40 yrs of age were 7.7 times at risk towards hysterectomy when compared to 30 to 39 yrs of age. Women with no formal education were 3.88 times to have had hysterectomy than women with formal education. The occurrence of hysterectomy was significantly associated with age at menarche >16 years (OR: 6.30). The study highlight that the strongest correlates of hysterectomy were: >40 years of age, illiteracy and age at menarche >16 years. In conclusion the results infer that improving socioeconomic factors of the women may have sizeable effects in the mitigation of hysterectomy.
Hysterectomy; Rural women; Socioeconomic status
Geetha P, Bharathi T, Surendranadha Reddy K, Kodanda Reddy K. Prevalence and Correlates of Hysterectomy in Rural Women of Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh. Ann Womens Health. 2019; 3(1): 1015..