Encouraging reproductive health in women is a complex endeavor. On the surface, it requires education and outreach initiatives for young girls and women. It also includes the invaluable aspect of engagement from health care providers regarding women’s reproductive health care needs.
These initiatives would inform them about their reproductive needs and encourage them to explore their reproductive care and health maintenance options. However, these simple efforts often become mired in politics, familial, social, religious traditions and funding battles.
What is “Reproductive Health”?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), reproductive health is a condition by virtue of which individuals can enjoy a responsible, satisfying, safe sex life, in which they have the ability to reproduce as well as the freedom to decide if, when and how frequently to reproduce.
The purpose of this article is to identify the elements of reproductive health education and care women in general need to know.