In India there are 335 Million of menstruating women , representing nearly 30% of the nation’s population.
Menstruation has for long been a taboo topic that was only (if every talked about) discussed behind close doors. The recent wave of awareness around menstrual hygiene and its importance for female wellbeing has been pivotal.
However, one crucial point of discussion often gets missed in this conversation, that needs to be addressed. Menstrual cramps and spasms affect over 80% of the menstruating women in India, and often no heed is paid to it. It has a direct correlation with productivity, and cramps on an average result in almost 9 days of lost productivity for women every year!
The fact that period leaves are being offered only offers solution to the problem for a limited section. Think about a new mother who is also a homemaker, juggling between managing the household as well as the tantrums of a toddler. Is period leave a solution for her? Can she even take a 5 second break from the duty of caring for her child? Should she continue to work in pain and let this monthly cycle take a toll on her body?
Allopathic pain-killers and analgesics provide some respite, and majority of women aware about them become dependent. These ephemeral remedies often have immediate side-effects, ranging from an over-worked liver to rashes on the skin, which in turn snow-ball into major disorders in the longer run. With 12 years being the global average for the onset of menstruation and 41 years being that for menopause, a women on average goes through around 400 menstrual cycles in a lifetime, which requires the consumption of around 2,800+ of these allopathic tablets to counter the unbearable pain. To put things into perspective, the degree of pain experienced is often described to be tantamount to a heart attack!
There is a need for a sustainable solution that is not harming the body in the longer run. More importantly, there is a need to normalize the conversation around menstrual cramps. #LetsNotWhisper anymore and announce to the world the pain that is being endured, the degree of it and what it leads to. Its important for women to know that there is a better, more sustainable solution out there that does not harm your body in the longer run. Let’s work towards ensuring Every Period is a Painless Period globally !
This has been a focal point of our research HempStreet, and we do believe that we do have a more responsible and sustainable solution to combating and serving a third of our population that has been constantly underserved.
New Delhi, Dec 4 (IANS) Prominent farmer leader and Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) President Balbir Singh Rajewal, who has been holding talks with the Centre for repealing the farm laws, has complained of chest pain.Rajewal was among a group of more than 34 farmer leaders who put out a five-point set of demands that seeks to frame a specific law on minimum support price (MSP) and end the punishment provision for stubble burning, during the fourth round of talks with the Central government in New Delhi on Thursday. "Wishing Bharatiya Kisan Union Leader S. Balbir Singh Rajewal-ji, who is undergoing a check-up in Fortis Hospital, Delhi, a speedy recovery," Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said in a tweet.--IANSvg/ash
Jerusalem, Nov 17 (IANS) The stress and anxiety experienced by the general population during Covid-19 lockdown brought about a significant rise in facial and jaw pain, as well as jaw-clenching in the daytime and teeth-grinding at night, say researchers.The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine, also found that women suffered more from these symptoms more than men and that 35- to 55-year-olds suffered most."We believe that our findings reflect the distress felt by the middle generation, who were cooped up at home with young children, without the usual help from grandparents, facing financial problems and often required to work from home under trying conditions," said the researchers from Tel Aviv University (TAU) in Israel.The study examined questionnaires that assessed the presence and possible worsening of these symptoms in the general population during the first Covid-19 lockdown, due to the national emergency and rise in anxiety levels.The questionnaire was answered by a total of 1,800 respondents in Israel and Poland.During Israel's first lockdown, the general population exhibited a considerable rise in orofacial pain, as well as jaw-clenching in the daytime and teeth-grinding at night - physical symptoms often caused by stress and anxiety.The prevalence of symptoms rose from about 35 per cent pre-pandemic to 47 per cent, the prevalence of jaw-clenching in the daytime rose from about 17 per cent to 32 per cent, and teeth-grinding at night rose from about 10 per cent to 36 per cent.The findings showed that people who had suffered from these symptoms before the pandemic exhibited a rise of about 15 per cent in their severity.Altogether a rise of 10 to 25 per cent was recorded in these symptoms, which often reflect emotional stress, the team noted.--IANSbu/in
New Delhi , Nov 11 (IANS) A Delhi hospital has performed a rare medical intervention for joint replacement of a 42-year-old patient who suffered from chronic pain in her right shoulder.The doctors replaced her shoulder joints with Arthroscopic Superior Capsular Reconstruction (SCR), a procedure which is performed very rarely in India and is limited to a few hospitals only.The doctors at Fortis Hospital told that the patient had difficulty in lifting her right shoulder for over a year and was advised for a joint replacement surgery at various other hospitals. However, she was not convinced to go under traditional joint replacement surgery."She bore a large tendon tear in her shoulder which caused consistent and debilitating pain that she thought would live with rest of her life. Since the traditional joint replacement surgeries involved long incisions and the original joint is replaced with a metal implant, she was not convinced and visited us for a second opinion," said Praveen Tittal, Senior Consultant, Orthopedics, Arthroscopy and Sports Injury, at the Hospital.Taking the patient's unwillingness for traditional joint surgery into account, the hospital decided to perform SCR procedure on her.Being a keyhole procedure, SCR procedure does not require as many sutures (row of stitches holding together the edges of a wound or surgical incision) as in case of a traditional shoulder surgery, doctors informed. It involves removal of graft from the patient's thigh which is sutured inside the shoulder on top of the joint and the remaining tendons are sutured back to the arm bone. This method is quite common in countries like the US and Japan. However, it is unexplored in India."Most of the doctors I consulted suggested me to undergo shoulder joint replacement surgery, which I was not convinced about, so I kept delaying the surgery. I am glad that the one-year wait has paid off and my shoulder joint is preserved," the patient said on condition of anonymity.--IANSstr/arm
Lucknow, Nov 9 (IANS) Mahant Nritya Gopal Das on Monday complained of chest pain and breathlessness, following which he was referred to a Lucknow hospital by doctors who attended to him in Ayodhya, sources said.The 82-year-old saint, who heads the Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, will undergo cardiology check-up as soon as he is brought to the state capital.He had tested coronavirus positive in August and was hospitalised in Gurugram.--IANSamita/tsb
New York - Patients who saw a pain medicine specialist via telemedicine saved time and money and were highly satisfied with their experience, even before the Covid-19 pandemic, say researchers.
The study, presented at the recent ANESTHESIOLOGY 2020 annual meeting, verified that many chronic pain patients are confident they will receive good care via telemedicine while avoiding lengthy commutes and time in traffic.
"This era of contactless interactions and social distancing has really accelerated the adoption of telemedicine, but even before the pandemic, patient satisfaction was consistently high," said study lead author Laleh Jalilian from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the US.
According to the researchers, patients who are being evaluated for new conditions may be better off having office visits initially.
"But once patients establish a relationship with providers, follow-up visits can occur efficiently with telemedicine, while maintaining patient rapport and quality outcomes. We believe 50 per cent of our visits could be conducted via telemedicine," Jalilian said.
In the study, the researchers offered patients the choice of an in-office or telemedicine visit via secure video meetings or telephone calls: 1,398 patients chose telemedicine and were seen via 2,948 virtual appointments over a period of seven months.
Researchers determined that patients who opted for virtual visits avoided a median roundtrip driving distance of 26 miles and saved a median 69 minutes in traffic per trip, and a median of $22 on gas and parking per visit.
They also saved a median of $156 over the course of a median of three visits by avoiding the driving time and parking costs.
Of the 327 patients who completed surveys, 92 per cent said they were satisfied with their experience.
The researchers said that for the adoption of telemedicine to be sustainable for pain clinic practices, policymakers should consider expanding reimbursement to encourage its use and create payment models that take into account the additional work required to offer telemedicine visits.
"Now that telemedicine is more widespread, it may become a valued part of care delivery in chronic pain practices," said Jalilian.
"We hope it will encourage policymakers and insurance providers to continue to support these platforms and inspire more innovation in this developing field of research and patient care," the study authors wrote. (Agency)
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