New Delhi,Santosh Andhale,Somita Pal: A survey of women executives working in the corporate hubs Bandra-Kurla complex, Lower Parel and Powai found that 1/3 of these women had concerns about reproductive and hormonal issues. The survey conducted by Dr LH Hiranandani Hospital aimed to understand the common health issues in women. It also found that mental health is the second top concern among these women.
The survey comprised over 300 women in the age group of 25-45 years. Dr Anita Soni, a gynaecologist who was part of the project, said that working women faced reproductive and hormonal issues because of their fast-paced and sedentary lifestyles.
Dr Soni said, "With computerisation, western influence in our eating habits, stress at work etc, there has been a rise in lifestyle diseases."
She added that irregular periods, obesity, pre-diabetic conditions, and thyroid problems are the other hormonal issues affecting women. "Hormonal issues have implications on reproduction. We are also seeing late marriage- that is also adding to the existing health problems," she said.
A majority of Mumbai's women executives in the survey felt that they did not make informed choices about their health. The survey revealed that around 73% of the women executives spend 1-4 hours travelling daily. Lack of sleep was another problem highlighted by the interviewed women.
Dr Harish Shetty, psychiatrist with the hospital, said, "Long travelling hours and working hours can lead to disruption in coordination between mind and body, and have an impact on hormonal function."
Dr Shetty said that while little can be done about long travelling hours and working hours, he emphasised the need to have a gymnasium at the workplace and taking micro breaks. "The corporate offices should lay stress on maintaining the emotional hygiene of their employees every day. Spending quality time with family members also helps," he said.
Dr Shetty added that gynaecologists were crucial in picking up mental health problem in women. "Gynaecologists are generally the first contact for a woman when it comes to health. If it is just the blues and mild depression, relaxation therapies help. But in case the depression is severe, we discuss it with gynaecologists and prescribe medicines," said Dr Shetty.