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“We are here for family planning. She has already taken great hurdles during her pregnancy. So, not any more. I will operate for family planning procedures. And this is the only way I can help her physically.”, a man expresses his compassion towards his wife during an encounter of a couple in family planning and counseling center at Teaching hospital.
Asking him in and out of a female reproductive health and knowing his view made me sigh deeply and happily. Then I asked myself, Has there been a real change in this concept of materialization of a woman? Is pregnancy no more an institution to promote instrumentalism? Is every woman getting equal response from their better halves? And I answered myself, there must have been at least some initiation as it's not just mother-in-law, mother, sister-in-law or sister who brings women to gynaeo depart and delivery wards. We get to see her partner; sometime even father, brother and male in-laws caringly giving her a hand of support. Observing these trivial achievements, an internal force propels to throw a beautiful smile.
Reproductive health of women is the most sensitive and the most complicated unit of health. It’s the identity of a woman and the thing that gives her inextricable happiness. Let it bet the time of her teenage when menstrual cycle starts operating , breast oust from her chest , or the time in her adulthood when she experiences her first sex and becomes pregnant, welcomes children home or infertility in the old age where her menstrual cycle stops, reproductive health is always a part of her life. It’s the health that adds color to her life, gives her and her family an awaited pleasure.
Reproductive health by its name though involves all those organs and issues related to reproduction, it is very vague which gives different view from varied angles. Reproductive health is that topic which links gender. But reproductive health of women is always on hike than that of men due to their higher contribution to reproduction and higher complications in women. Reproductive health of women gives the panoramic view of diseases, diagnostic features, its symptoms and complications along with every condition of a female partner of a couple. In fact, its nitty-gritty of a female reproductive system.
Stomach cramps during menstruation, prenatal and postnatal extremities, uterine prolapsed, cervical cancer, discrepancies in vaginal and fallopian tubes, complications due to various contraceptives procedure, problems in sexual intercourse are the major complication that female have been afflicted from the god blessed reproductive health. Actually she suffers a lot to receive pettier happiness from her reproductive health
Female cannot be accompanied by any other person during her pregnancy and other reproductive health infirmities as lovingly as her own partner. Inability of a female to speak about their reproductive health deformities and also about the use of contraceptives is due to traditional system of male domination prevalent in our society. A male can attribute for personal happiness of female in every aspect. Every sexual intercourse is taken as an instinct of life for eternal happiness. He and his involvement in her aspects of health can always be taken as a symbol of positivity. Every male shares great responsibilities of his partner's health on his shoulder. Condition of marital rape would not have aroused had the entire male understood their limits. Attention of a male towards problems of female builds healthy society and pacifies gender domination. Reproductive health of a women will immensely improved if male partner addresses her difficulties by decreasing the reproductive burden of female partner.
Globally priorities are changing and also the power is being shared. People are moving ahead. Many aspects of women health has been escalated to new level of understanding and effort. These days' women are generally not found alone in a gynaecologist or with family planning counselor. Male are being their literal partner. Yet many changes are to be made in context of Nepal. Voices of every female are to be raised, obligations are to be pinned to every male's chest, and power of women and condition of her health are to be understood by every family to trigger building a healthy and happy community.