Utilization of Health Care Services of Young Married Women for Health Problems during Pregnancy Period in Thiruvarur District, Tamilnadu, India

P. R. Rejoice
2013 IOSR Journal of Humanities and Social Science  
The aim of this study was to assess the utilization of health care services of young married scheduled castes women for health problems during pregnancy period in Thiruvarur district, TamilNadu, India. Multistage stratified random sampling technique was applied to select 605 women in the age group of 15-24 years in the five blocks of Thiruvarur district during July 2010 -April 2011. The result reveals that 58.2% of the scheduled castes women were experienced health problems during their
more » ... y period. Around 67% women were sought treatment for pregnancy related health problems. The women who completed higher secondary and above education received treatment for the health problems during pregnancy (80%), whereas this proportion for illiterates was only 52%. The women in households in the highest wealth quintile were more likely to receive treatment for their pregnancy related health problems (80%) than women in households in the lowest wealth quintile (55.2%). It concludes that women in the study area were living with very poor standard of health because of less educated, unemployment, inadequate health care centers. They are the victims of not only reproductive health problems but other communicable diseases also. It is important that state government should be strengthening the health activities to reduce the reproductive health problems among deprived population. Keywords: Pregnancy related health problems, scheduled castes, standard of living index, young married women.
doi:10.9790/0837-1346975 fatcat:5s4u54lhijgi7mj4wcbijpwtf4