Event: How to Provide Good Sexual and Reproductive Health

Good sexual and reproductive health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing in all matters relating to the reproductive system. It implies that people are able to have a satisfying and safe sex life, the capability to reproduce, and the freedom to decide if, when, and how often to do so.

To maintain one’s sexual and reproductive health, people need access to accurate information and the safe, effective, affordable and acceptable contraception method of their choice and they must be informed and empowered to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections.

While good reproductive health is important for the general health of men and women and people who are gender diverse, specific reproductive health issues are associated with different life stages. The impact of poor reproductive health can at times be greater on women due to both biological and social factors1.

Family violence can create barriers to health service access which can impact on the sexual and reproductive health of women, including unplanned pregnancy and STIs. Some sexual and reproductive health problems may have long-lasting consequences for health. Good sexual and reproductive health includes the right to healthy and respectful relationships, as well as inclusive, safe and appropriate services.

To make sure you are up to date on the latest information with respect to women’s sexual and reproductive health, make sure you attend next week’s CPD in Ashfield on 3 July at 6.30 pm. Please RSVP here.

Speakers include Staff Specialist RPA Sexual Health, Dr Fiona Fargie and Medical Officer and Medical Educator for Family Planning NSW, Dr Mary Stewart.

1 http://whe.org.au/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2017/03/womens-sexual-health-priorities-20172020-pdf-1.pdf