Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism

: 2015  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 304-

Women's health at the first South Asian Federation of Endocrine Society conference

Sarita Bajaj1, Bharti Kalra2, Rakesh Kumar Sahay3,  
1 Department of Medicine, Moti Lal Nehru Medical College, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Gynecology, Bharti Hospital, Karnal, Haryana, India
3 Department of Endocrinology, Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Bharti Kalra
Department of Gynecology, Bharti Hospital, Karnal - 132 001, Haryana

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Bajaj S, Kalra B, Sahay RK. Women's health at the first South Asian Federation of Endocrine Society conference.Indian J Endocr Metab 2015;19:304-304

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Women's health is a rapidly growing field of medicine. The impact of this specially is felt in every branch of the medical sciences, beyond the traditional gender-specific subjects of obstetrics and gynecology.

Endocrinology, by virtue of its hormonal basis, is the perfect arena for study of women's health. While most hormones are gender-neutral, the sex steroids do have gender-specific physiology and pathophysiology. Many supposedly gender-neutral hormones are modulated by gender, and their dysfunction creates different clinical manifestations in women and men.

Our understanding of women's health and of endocrinology grows in parallel with each other, in a complementary manner. Advances in the study of hormones facilitate improvement in clinical care of women with endocrine or medical dysfunction, and vice versa. This bidirectional link between women's health and endocrinology is too important to be ignored.

This fact was acknowledged at the first South Asian Federation of Endocrine Societies (SAFES) conference, held at Hyderabad, India, on and 18 August 2013.

The scientific agenda included a comprehensive coverage of women's health. The topics pertained to the various subspecialties of women's endocrinology: Pediatric, obstetric, gynecological, and menopausal endocrinology.

The pediatric endocrinology session included gender-specific topics: premature thelarche, growth hormone therapy in Turner's syndrome, and late onset congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Obstetric endocrinology was covered by talks on pregnancy hypothyroidism, and gestational diabetes mellitus. The field of gynecological endocrinology was given due attention in lectures on induction of ovulation, metabolic implications of polycystic ovarian syndrome, female sexuality, and hirsutism. The medical management of menopause was covered in detail, as were dilemmas related to postmenopausal osteoporosis.

Women's health was also the focus of many posters and free papers, presented by researchers from across the south Asian region.

The strong presence of women's health at the first SAFES conference must be built upon. The discipline of endocrinology should move beyond the arbitrarily imposed borders of 'reproductive endocrinology' (pertaining to the reproductive age group) or 'gonadal medicine' (focusing only upon the ovary). Endocrinology must embrace women's health as a subspecialty which requires not only multidisciplinary (more than one discipline), but also interdisciplinary attention. The latter implies clinicians and researchers of multiple disciplines coming together to work as one team in intercommunication with each other. We hope that SAFES can stimulate an interaction towards this aim and achieve it. The conference at Hyderabad is just the first step towards this, taken in the right direction.