Room No. 2060 where 6 diseases are cured without medicine

Room Number 2060 in New OPD of PGI is a much sought-after room among women. The room is known for providing solution to most common but least discussed feminine health problems ranging from urine leakage, vaginal prolapse to painful menses.

Without prescribing any medicine, the room assures cure to six main diseases of women — urinary incontinence (uncontrollable leaking of urine from bladder), pelvic organ prolapse, menopause, ante-natal counselling, dysmenorrhea (painful menses) and infertility.

In December 2012, the services in the room were started by the School of Public Health, PGI, after the Multi-Purpose Behaviour Therapy (MPBT) project was approved by the Department of Biochemistry, Delhi.

"For the last one year, we have counselled and treated about 1,500 middle-aged women who were suffering silently for many years. The most common problems were leakage of urine and vaginal prolapse," says Dr Purnima Kaushal, research associate.

In Chandigarh, 11.6% women are suffering from the problem of urinary leakage and uterine prolapse cases.

"With repeated childbirths and age, the pelvic floor muscles of women become weak and it leads to leakage of urine and pelvic organ prolapse. If left untreated, it gets worse and operation may be needed," says Dr Ruchi Sharma, senior research fellow.

Doctors assert that women are not very vocal about their problems, they feel embarrassed and ashamed and go on suffering for years without telling anyone. "Here in this room, we listen to their problems and counsel them. We teach them two things here, one is pelvic floor (Kegel) exercise and second is lifestyle changes which are the key solutions to their problems," says Dr Sharma.

Explaining the Kegel exercise, she says, "Squeeze the same muscles you would use to stop your urine. Your belly and rear end (buttocks) should not move. Hold the squeeze for 3 seconds, then relax for 3 seconds. Repeat the exercise 10 to 15 times a session. Do three or more sessions a day."

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