WOW | What You Think


WOW spoke with a list of experts who advise on their areas of expertise about what a girl MUST know before tying the knot.

Compiled by: Anushka Shrestha
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Dr. Bandana Shrestha
Senior Consultant, Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Grande International Hospital

Within the framework of the World Health Organisation, health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, reproductive health, or sexual health and hygiene. It addresses the reproductive processes, functions and system at all stages of life. Sexual and reproductive health includes physical as well as psychological well-being vis-a-vis sexuality. Reproductive health implies that people can have a responsible, satisfying and safer sex life with capability to reproduce and the freedom to decide if, when and how often to do so. One’s interpretation of this implies that men and women ought to be informed of and to have access to safe, effective, affordable and acceptable methods of birth control. Also access to appropriate health care services of sexual, reproductive medicine and implementation of health education programs.

To stress the importance of women to go safely through pregnancy and childbirth could provide couples with the best chance of having a healthy infant. Individuals do face inequalities in reproductive health services. Inequalities vary based on socioeconomic status, education level, age, ethnicity, religion and resources available in their environment. It is possible for example that low income individuals lack the resources for appropriate health services and the knowledge to know what is appropriate for maintaining reproductive health.