Fistula simply put is abnormal communication between organs in a woman, precisely between the woman’s genital tract and her urinary tract or rectum.
- Obstetric fistula is a preventable form of fistula.
- Each year between 50 000 to 100 000 women worldwide are affected by the disease.
- Obstetric fistula is more in rural areas because of less presence of medical personnel and rural women sticking to traditional ways of delivering.
- Early child marriage triggered by low income and low education is a key factor to Obstetric fistula.
- Prolonged labour is a cause of Obstetric fistula in women which could be due to the positioning of the baby or the baby’s size. This usually results when women refuse to give birth at health centers but prefer to do so at home and in unprofessional places.
- 90 percent of women who experience Obstetric fistula lose their babies and marriage eventually due to the menace caused by the disease.
- Surgery is always a possible solution to Obstetric fistula
- Uncontrolled urination and passage of feces are very common symptoms of this disease.
- Prolonged fistula could lead to loss of normal periods, clinical depression, inability to become pregnant and other forms of infections.
- There are treatments available to this condition which is best when the complication is presented to the health institutions on time.
Join the fight against fistula by educating your neighborhood against child marriage, report adolescent and teenage pregnancy immediately to health institutions and have your baby delivered in a health center.