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Journal of Anthropology
Volume 2014, Article ID 321480, 9 pages
Research Article

Women’s Perception of Reproductive Illness in Manipur, India

1Department of Anthropology, Manipur University, Canchipur 795003, India
2Department of Anthropology, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007, India
3Department of Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi 110001, India

Received 24 October 2013; Revised 15 January 2014; Accepted 29 January 2014; Published 10 March 2014

Academic Editor: Santos Alonso

Copyright © 2014 Pebam Krishnakumari et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Perception of reproductive illness by the women themselves is important in understanding the women's reproductive health in a particular society. It also indicates the possibility of taking perception as a tool for measuring reproductive illness. Though women do not have a “germ theory” to explain their reproductive illness they have a sense of illness pathology. Reproductive illness perceived by women is related to physical symptoms and situations in a network of meanings and different meanings are socially generated to articulate their experiences.