The world is constantly growing and evolving every second. But the change is not always rapid and fast because people have still tied themselves with the ancient ideologies and beliefs. There are still many taboos about reproductive health knowledge yet to be broken that is widespread among people.
Reproductive Health is one of the most common taboos still prevailing in many parts of our society. The state of physical, mental, and total well-being, as well as the appropriate functioning of reproductive organs in all stages of reproduction, is known as reproductive health.
Reproductive and Sexual health, as described by the WHO is, “the ability to enjoy and control sexual conduct without fear, shame, or guilt.” The term “awareness” refers to knowing something that is prevailing or having a current grasp of a situation or issue based on information or experience.
In reality, there is a lack of awareness about reproductive health among people even today. Adolescence is a period of development and sexual maturation, as a result, practicing excellent hygienic habits is a must during this point. The life of today’s youth is vastly different from those of their forefathers and mothers.
The most sensitive problems linked with puberty and youth are sexuality and reproductive health. Adolescents are vulnerable to reproductive sickness due to their lack of understanding of body processes, anatomy, and sexuality. Furthermore, open discussion about reproductive health is discouraged in traditional Indian society. Reproductive health knowledge is a must for growing adolescents and denying them that knowledge creates an unstable and unhealthy perceptions.
As a result, adolescence and youth are at the time of heightened risk-taking, which increases vulnerability to puberty related disorders and new worries about reproductive health. The majority of teenagers still lack access to reproductive health information and instruction. In adolescent health, reproductive health is a major concern.
Traditional Indian society, on the other hand, considers such discussions taboo and discourages open discussions about reproductive health. As a result, teenagers are generally ignored, difficult to quantify, and difficult to reach demographic, with the needs being overlooked.
Due to lack of awareness and knowledge about reproductive health many issues such as unwanted & early pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual abuse, etc. prevail in our society.
Why Reproductive Health Knowledge Is A Must?
Awareness of reproductive health is an important component that should be incorporated into existing sexual and reproductive health programs.
Reproductive health awareness is an educational method that is both relevant and attentive to the current sexual and reproductive health needs and concerns of various cultures. Increasing awareness helps in educating people about reproductive health. It also helps in developing a teenage understanding of healthy sexual activities. It helps in the prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as HIV/AIDS. It protects both the mother and the kid from contagious infections and ensures that the baby is born healthy.
It covers everything from early pregnancy to infertility to birth control options to pregnancy and postpartum care for both the baby and the mother.
Above all, it helps live a better and healthy life.
Therefore, we need to be well informed about numerous reproductive health issues to live a healthy, responsible, and meaningful life and to protect ourselves from reproductive health problems, after all ‘prevention is better than treatment.
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