Public Health England (PHE) has launched a set of documents outlining a new consensus on reproductive health, shining a light on the impact of women’s reproductive health issues on the nation’s physical, mental and social wellbeing.
The report is the first of its kind, and combined a survey of over 7,000 women’s experiences with existing data. It concluded that women’s reproductive health is a public health issue that must be discussed more openly in everyday life.
42% of women experience severe reproductive health problems, but under half ask for help. This highlights the need for reproductive health issues, such as abortion, contraception, menstrual health, and menopause, to be normalised and discussed openly. Unplanned pregnancy was the biggest concern for the women surveyed.
A spokesperson for Marie Stopes UK said:
“We welcome Public Health England’s consensus statement, and are very proud to have been one of the service providers taking part in the consensus process.
“We believe that everyone should be free to make confident, informed choices about their own reproductive lives. What is clear from the report is that so many women still feel unable to seek professional help and support when they need it most. This has a damaging effect on their reproductive wellbeing.”
The full Public Health England research and consensus report can be found here.
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