INTRODUCTION: Pelvic organ prolapse is the descent of one or more of the pelvic structures from the normal anatomic location toward or through the vaginal opening influencing the quality of life of women particularly among adults and old women in developing countries. We aim to assess the awareness regarding pelvic organ prolapsed among women attending in a teaching hospital, Chitwan so that necessary awareness program could be recommended if found unsatisfactory.
METHODS: A descriptive cross sectional study was done among 110 women attending Gynae OPD of Chitwan Medical College Teaching Hospital, Chitwan who participated voluntarily in face to face interview that used structured questionnaire from 1st July to 5th August,2018 selected using consecutive sampling technique. Data was analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics like frequency, percentage, mean, standard deviation, chi-square and fisher exact test.
RESULTS: Among 110 respondents the median age was 37 years, 31.8% were from the ages between 31-40 years. Majority of the respondents were literate, 47.3%were housewife, 51.8% had first child between the ages of 20-24 years, 46.4% had two children, 33.6% had abortion, 49.1% had heard about pelvic organ prolapse from friends and relatives and 6.4% were diagnosed with pelvic organ prolapse and among the diagnosed 28.6% had received treatment, 65.5%were aware regarding pelvic organ prolapse and age of having first child was significantly associated (p=0.002) with the level of awareness.
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: In conclusion more than half of the women were aware regarding pelvic organ prolapse. Further awareness program can be conducted at rural settings by FCHVs and health workers to enhance the awareness level regarding pelvic organ prolapse among women.