What is Reproductive Health Care?
A comprehensive reproductive health programme might include the following elements as
part of primary health care (with appropriate referrals):
- Family planning information and services, including counselling and follow-up, aimed at
all couples and individuals;
- prenatal, delivery (including assisted delivery) and post-natal care, with referral for
the management of obstetric complications;
- prevention of abortion, management of the consequences of abortion and post-abortion
counselling and family planning;
- prevention of reproductive tract infections including sexually transmitted diseases, and
treatment of systemic infections;
- prevention of HIV/AIDS;
- prevention of infertility and sub-fecundity;
- routine screening for urinary tract infections, cervical infections, cervical and breast
cancer and other women's reproductive health conditions;
- active discouragement of harmful practices such as female genital mutilation.