Pune: The Indian Women’s Health Report 2021 surveying 1000 working women aged between 25 to 55 years across seven cities has revealed that around half of the women surveyed are not comfortable talking about one or more women’s health issues due to the prevalent societal taboo and stigmas associated with them.
The study has been conducted by Emcure Pharmaceuticals in association with Ipsos Research Private Limited (Ipsos India) with an objective to gain insights on the social, cultural and medical outlook for working women and eventually find solutions involving various stakeholders.
Through this survey, women working in white-collar jobs shared details of stigmas they face related to health, and how it all leads to social pressures and professional issues.
90% working women face a conflict of interest while balancing familial/ personal and professional obligations
86% working women have observed their colleagues/relatives/friends drop out of the workforce, 59% of whom cited health issues as the main reason
84% working women have faced stereotypes/ judgements around periods such as being told not to go near sacred spaces such as places of worship or kitchen or even being told to hide their sanitary napkins
66% working women think society considers women suffering from endometriosis as unsuitable for marriage
67% working women say that talking about health issues is still considered to be a taboo in the society