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Reproductive Health



Introduction

Reproductive health is one of the most important aspect of life.  Sometimes, it is referred to as sexual health. However sexual health is just a part of reproductive health. Reproductive health according to the World Health Organization (WHO) is the state of complete physical, mental and social well-being in all matters relating to the reproductive system and not just merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Reproductive health basically focuses on the reproductive systems, functions and all the stages of human development, which we shall in indebt discuss.

The ability of mature consensual individuals, the married to have meaningful, responsible, satisfying and safer coition or intercourse, the capability to reproduce and the volition to decide if, when, and how often to do so, is one of the hallmarks of reproductive health. This is followed by the absence of disease, defects, disorders or conditions that will impede this satisfying coition.

To effectively maintain one’s reproductive health, people need to have access to accurate information, they must be informed and empowered to protect themselves from diseases mainly STIs.

According to UNFPA, every individual has the right to make their own choice about their reproductive health. They can’t make such choice if they don’t have the right information. Hence the need for people to be educated about habits and conditions that may have negative effect on one’s life. The reproductive life of an individual is as important as the life of that person itself, if this comes short in any way; the individual will appear to be less than a human, his/ her essence will gradually give way and this slowly is translated into depression which eventually brings burden and poverty to the society. Of course what is the point if one cannot have a safe and satisfying coition?

Reproductive health should be examined thoroughly through a lifecycle approach as it affects both men and women from infancy to old age. According to UNFPA, reproductive health at any age profoundly affects health later in life.

As a result, many people develop all sorts of problems with their reproductive health;

  • They ask variety of questions to which many might never get answer to,
  • Many live in agony, knowing that they have reproductive  health problems they have to deal with, but don’t know how.
Here, we shall deal with all these reproductive health issues and many more, we shall provide answers to all the popularly asked sexual health issues.

 The sexual health of an individual is vast and dynamic, it is actively communicating (both nervously and chemically) with a variety of systems and or organs in the body. If any of this system and or organ is infected, the reproductive health of that individual is affected.
Therefore, taking care of yourself and making healthy choices can help protect you and your loved ones. Protecting your reproductive system also means taking control of your health.


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