Hormonal Imbalance Or Irregular Periods Cannot Be Called Female Impotence, Rules Madras HC. Hear, Hear High Court!
As a woman who has been constantly struggling with PCOS – which includes hormonal imbalance and irregular periods among other things – I can tell you that more often than not other women and most men consider that to be a sign of impotence. And it is during this time that I so desperately wish that schools and colleges would teach something as basic as that to kids growing up. Well, what schools and colleges aren’t doing, the court is doing. Yep, in its recent verdict, the Madras High Court (HC) said that hormonal imbalances or irregular periods do not amount to a woman’s impotency and also do not mean that the woman is unfit to have sex.
While hearing a revised petition against a Family Court’s order that directed a woman’s medical examination on her husband’s plea for getting a divorce citing non-consummation, Justice RN Manjula of Madras HC observed that hormonal imbalance or irregular periods does not mean she is impotent nor does it mean she is unfit to have sex.
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The Madras HC bench in their verdict held that the woman herself had admitted to the fact that she has a hormonal imbalance based on the examination by a gynaecologist and so to subject her to medical examination was unnecessary. The bench further added that because the husband is seeking annulment of marriage based on the allegations of hormonal imbalance and irregular periods, the court can’t pass a verdict in his favour.
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The bench of Madras HC did not shy away from criticising the trial court order that passed an order that put the burden on the woman to prove that she was fit and more than capable enough to not only have sexual relations but also able to conceive a child. Furthermore, the court went on to say that there are many a time when people who are fit to have sexual relations aren’t able to conceive.
To conclude, the court held that the issue of ‘PCOS’ that women face cannot, by itself, be termed as impotence.