BMA report

Reproductive health and wellbeing

We highlight the importance of reproductive health to wellbeing, recognise the variation and differentiation in women's reproductive healthcare needs over the life-course, and call for an integrated health system response.

Location: UK
Audience: All doctors
Updated: Monday 7 September 2020
Topics: Population health
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What you will get from this report

  • An exploration of the three-pronged approach to reproductive health.
  • User-centred outcomes essential for advancing women’s reproductive health and rights.
  • Proposed actions for policy makers to advance reproductive health.

 

Key findings

  • Reproductive health is vital for wellbeing, to prevent morbidity and maintain economic productivity. It encompasses pregnancy-related health, some aspects of sexual health and health unrelated to pregnancy.
  • Age-appropriate education for reproductive health should start as soon as understanding develops and be continued into adulthood.
  • Universal care in reproductive health is important in meeting women's contraceptive, preconception, screening and menopause care needs.
  • Provision of socially or medically complex reproductive health care, such as fertility treatment, later abortion and menopause care, should be distributed in a way that prioritises those with the greatest need to help reduce inequalities in access and outcomes.
  • Current indicators of reproductive health are not adequate for measuring reproductive wellbeing at population level. New measures are being developed but further work is needed to evaluate and implement them.

 

Topics
  • Introduction
  • Defining the scope of reproductive health
  • Consensus process
  • Women's voices
  • Pillars of reproductive health
  • Positive approach and freedom from stigma
  • Knowledge and resilience for informed choice
  • Enjoyable relationships free from violence
  • Universal are delivered proportionately to need
  • Pathways into care
  • Information gaps
  • Moving forwards