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Reproductive health is not merely the absence of disease or infirmity in your reproductive organs but is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being at all stages in life. This includes your sexual function and sexual well-being. Women’s reproductive organs include the vagina, cervix, uterus, ovaries and breast. Reproductive health is tied to all areas of your life, from your physical health to your mental health and your ability to conceive through to your post menopause care.

Reproductive health problems remain the leading cause of ill health and death for women of childbearing age worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), reproductive and sexual ill-health accounts for more than 40% of the global burden of ill-health for women directly and indirectly. Reproductive health problems are also closely linked to your sexual health and some of its problems and issues are transmittable to your partner as well as your next generation.
Common Causes Of Reproductive Health Problems Include :

Infections of the reproductive organs

Hormonal dysfunction

Genetic causes

Hygiene neglect

Lifestyle choices

Chemical use

Environmental pollutants

Broad Perspective
Reproductive and sexual ill-health accounts for 20% of the global burden of ill-health for women.
Young women feel more informed about the hottest music 33% than reproductive health care 15%.
Among healthcare-related topics, young women feel more informed about diet and nutrition 39%, as well as ways to stay in shape 37%, than reproductive health care 15%.
Cancer
HPV which is the main cause of cervical cancer is so common that at least 50% of sexually active women get it at some point in their lives.
Cervical cancer is the second-most common type of cancer among women worldwide after breast cancer.
About 1 in 8 women just under 12% will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
According to WHO, 23% of deaths in women are due to unsafe sex practices.
At least one in four people will contract an STD at some point in their lives.
Over 1 million people are infected with an STD every day but only half are aware of it.
STDs affect 340million people annually or approximately 4.8% of the global population.
STDs primarily affect young people, but the health consequences can last a lifetime.
75% of women suffered from yeast infection at least once in their lifetime.
34% of adults over 20 self-reported having at least one occurrence of a urinary tract infection.
Infertility
7.4% of women across all age groups suffer from infertility.
Percent of women ages 15-44 with impaired fecundity: 11.8% (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Infertility affects as many as 1 in 6 couples.
At least 15 percent of all infertile women are infertile because of tubal damage caused by pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), the result of an untreated STD.
Hormonal Imbalance
Hormonal imbalance may cause a fragile immune system, faster aging and innumerable diseases.
50% of women over the age of 35 will experience high hormone levels at some point.
Source: WHO, 2010