What is Sexual Reproductive Health?
According to the World Health Organization, sexual and
reproductive health is a state of complete physical, mental
and social well-being in all matters relating to sexuality
and the reproductive system. It requires a positive and
respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships,
as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe
sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and
violence. Reproductive health means that all people have 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. They must be informed and empowered to protect
themselves from sexually transmitted infections. And when
they decide to have children, women must have access to
services that can help them have a fit pregnancy, safe
delivery and healthy baby.
Every individual has the right to make their own choices
about their sexual and reproductive health.
The Office of Women's Health addresses several forms of
sexual and reproductive health. Click on the buttons below
to find out more.