Week 11: Sexual and Reproductive Health


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Sexual and reproductive health encompasses having healthy physical, mental, emotional satisfaction around one’s reproductive system. This requires that people have access to non-judgmental medical information about their health and bodies.  

Providing sexual and reproductive health services can look like:

  • Giving out condoms and providing guidance on safe sex

  • Informing a client about various birth control options

  • Getting a client access to STI testing

  • Talking to a client about their last pap smear, Ob/Gyn visit, etc.

  • Administering a pregnancy test

  • Inquiring whether a client feels safe at home or in their relationship

  • Providing pads/tampon, and offering options for menstrual hygiene

It’s important to recognize that there are various factors involved in how someone makes a decision about their reproductive health such as economic stability, religious beliefs, political beliefs, relationship status, physical health, emotional health, environment, transportation, etc. These discussions are often sensitive and require compassion, empathic listening, and vulnerability. 

Sexual and reproductive health is unequal. Inequalities exist among racial and socioeconomic strata in many aspects of sexual and reproductive health, including access to family planning, STI diagnosis and treatment, and other services.

To highlight one example, please watch this thought-provoking video on the US maternal mortality rate for African American women:

 
 

There are so many topics we could discuss within sexual and reproductive health. It is important to understand the various options available for our clients on subjects such as contraception, pregnancy, abortion, STI testing and treatment. If you feel less comfortable about any one of these topics, we encourage you to explore the following links for more information:

  • Great infographics and video on birth control methods:  link for infographic // link for video

  • Do you remember who should get STI screens? Review here!  link here

  • Video regarding STIs geared toward medical trainees: link here

  • PREP and PEP options for HIV: link here

  • LGBTQ experiences accessing health care: link here

  • Basic information on abortion services provided in Boston: link here

  • Learn about the racist roots of reproductive rights:  link here


POST-MODULE QUIZ LINK: https://forms.gle/t9NSPnULYCbMy1Z37

This is a mandatory quiz to be completed upon reviewing this week’s materials.

It is only graded for completion, so take the quiz for your learning!