Sexual and Reproductive Health: Allow Women Decide when to Reproduce

 

Abdulwaheed Sofiullahi

Reproductive health or sexual health/hygiene, explains reproductive issues, affairs in line with all stages of life. The UN agencies claim that “sexual and reproductive health includes physical, as well as psychological well-being vis-a-vis sexuality. Reproductive health implies that people are able to have a responsible, satisfying, healthy reproductive system and safer sex life and that they have the capability to reproduce and the freedom to decide if, when and how often to do so.”

This implies that men and women should be informed of and have access to safety and enormous methods of birth control; also access to appropriate health care services of sexual and reproductive medicine. The inclusion of implementation of health education programmes is important to help the women go safely through pregnancy and childbirth; and could provide couples with the best chance of having a healthy infant.

However, despite that couples have the ability to decide when they’re ready to reproduce, husbands shouldn’t make it compulsory for wives to reproduce.

There are certain areas that inequality occurs when the family of a woman makes it mandatory for her to get married when she’s not supposed to and they also force her to reproduce despite her non-readiness. One of the causes of it is child marriage. In Northern Nigeria, child marriage is a traditional/cultural practice that is greatly influenced by them.

According to the United Nations Population Fund (2013), “about 48 per cent of Hausa-Fulani girls of Northern Nigeria are forced into marriage by age 15, while over 78 per cent are married by age 18.” Victims of child marriage won’t have access to quality knowledge and potential about sexual and reproductive health; and surely will be affected while putting to bed.

Moreover, for one to maintain one’s sexual and reproductive health, people need to understand that child marriage must be stopped and the female gender should be allowed to decide when she’s actually ready to marry and reproduce so that they don’t experience the consequences of reproduction.

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