Are you passionate about reproductive health? Do you feel strongly about the issues surrounding pregnancy and childbirth? Do you want to learn more about reproductive health and how to become more involved? You can find the answers to these questions and more in this article.
Reproductive health issues affect billions of people worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) notes that every year, 800 million people are affected by reproductive health problems – including pregnancy-related complications and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). In addition, an estimated one in three women will experience some form of reproductive health issue during their lifetime.
While many Western nations have made great strides in reducing the incidence of these disorders, birth rates have steadily increased over the past few decades in developing nations like China and India, leading the WHO to declare 2019 the ‘Year of the Quality Birth.’
The impact of these issues is vast, and a key driver is the fact that many people do not know how to behave during and after their periods of infertility. Poor understanding of these issues leads to stigma and false assumptions about the causes of infertility. For example, many people believe that infertility is a woman’s problem and that the only way to have children is to have sex before you are married.
What Is Stigma Associated With Infertility?
Around the world, stigma is an issue that frequently accompanies discussions of infertility. Simply put, stigma is the social stigma that surrounds and labels those who have infirmities, disabilities, or diseases. It is often used synonymously with shame, but is a separate and distinct feeling. Social scientists have argued that many people who experience infertility are forced to keep their condition private for fear of how others will react. Those who experience infertility often hide their condition and avoid discussing it with others because they are scared of what others might think.
Infertility can be an awkward subject and many people try to avoid thinking about it or discussing it with others. As a result, those who experience it often feel a lack of support. Some people who experience infertility even feel that friends and family don’t really understand what they are going through. This can lead to further isolation and feelings of loneliness.
For instance, in the U.S., around 20% of those who experience infertility keep their condition a secret from friends and family. Those who choose to discuss their infertility privately may be met with skepticism or even abuse. Some people who experience infertility even feel that friends and family don’t really understand what they are going through. This can lead to further isolation and feelings of loneliness.
Why Is Stigma Associated With Infertility?
The stigma that surrounds infertility has a number of causes. First, there is a lack of awareness about the causes of infertility. Second, there is a lack of understanding about the nature of infertility. Finally, those who experience it are often seen as a personal failure, rather than as having a disorder that needs to be treated.
Awareness about the causes of infertility is important because many cases of the disorder can be prevented. For example, around 40% of cases of infertility can be attributed to infections and genetics. However, there are also many cases of the disorder that are not easily preventable, such as those caused by radiation or certain pharmaceutical medications. Despite this, many patients do not receive proper treatment because they believe that the only cause of infertility is personal misconduct or bad luck.
The stigma that surrounds infertility can be addressed by increasing public awareness about the problem. For instance, if you are in a country like the U.S., where education about sex and sexuality is already prevalent, it may be easier to educate people about the causes of infertility and its prevention. Finally, doctors and other health care providers can play a role in reducing the stigma surrounding infertility by being more open and honest about the issue.
Why Is Education About Reproductive Health Important?
Those who experience infertility often feel that they do not have the education or the information they need to understand and overcome their condition. One of the best ways of reducing stigma is by increasing awareness about reproductive health issues. Additionally, those who experience infertility often wish they had been educated about the subject in advance so they would have been more aware of the issues surrounding their periods.
If we look at the trends in fertility, we can see that around the world, people are waiting longer to have children. Some of the reasons for this are ethical. For example, in India, the average age of marriage for women is increasing, resulting in fewer children being born each year. In Thailand, there is a movement to increase the education level of women so they can have a career and more choices, which in turn will reduce the number of abortions and increase the number of children born. Similarly, in the U.S., the trend of rising divorce rates and the increasing use of contraceptives are resulting in fewer babies being born.
The increasing trend of people waiting longer to have children is being driven by a number of factors. One of the reasons is that people want to have more children than those who were born in the last century. However, rising infertility rates show that this is not necessarily the case. People are having children later in life, which is preventing them from having a satisfactory social, mental, and physical existence. The issue of infertility is only going to get worse, as those who are having children later in life are more likely to be affected by the condition.
Public Awareness About Reproductive Health Is Increasing
Although there is still a lot to be done, public awareness about reproductive health is increasing. When it comes to the United States, for example, a recent Gallup poll found that 52% of adults feel that there is ‘not enough talk’ about reproductive health issues. Additionally, around 66% feel that there is ‘too much’ talk about sexual matters in schools.
Additionally, a 2017 survey conducted by the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) found that 47% of people in the U.S. feel that there is not enough talk about reproductive health compared to 34% who feel there is just the right amount of conversation about the issue. These statistics are promising because they show that more people than ever before are becoming more aware of the issues surrounding reproduction and are willing to educate themselves about the matter.
As Medical Advances Improve, People Are Living Longer
The stigma that surrounds infertility will only decrease as medical advances improve. Those who experience the disorder are often faced with a number of challenges. First, there is the issue of how to tell their friends and family about the condition. Second, there is the issue of how to cope with the emotional and psychological stressors that come with the disorder. Third, there is the issue of how to maintain a satisfying sex life while dealing with the physical discomforts of the disorder. Finally, older couples who want to have children may be faced with issues regarding how to care for a baby with all their limitations.
The stigma that surrounds infertility is a major issue that continues to affect millions of people worldwide. Despite this, medical advances and an increasing public awareness about the issue are promising signs that the stigma associated with the disorder will begin to diminish.