Women’s biggest concern is to NOT get pregnant, Public Health England finds

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Women’s biggest concern is to NOT get pregnant, Public Health England finds

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Women’s biggest concern is to NOT get pregnant, Public Health England finds

Public Health England ran a large survey with over 7000 women about their reproductive health.

Public Health England Reproductive Health Survey

One of the findings was that women’s biggest concern is to NOT get pregnant. When I read the report, one thought came to mind:

How is it possible that most women are afraid of an unwanted pregnancy when 1 in 6 of us are infertile and are trying to hard to get pregnant?

I think the findings are related to sex and reproductive education in schools and society in general. We are taught to avoid pregnancy at all costs and follow that advice carefully in our twenties, only to reach our thirties and realise we are infertile!

Yesterday I was part of BBC Victoria Derbyshire show to talk about this Public Health England report and sex and reproductive education was one of the topics. We all agreed that we need to change the dialog on this topic. It is my view that:

  1. We need to talk about sex, reproductive health, fertility, lifestyle and environment from an early age, so girls and boys are aware and able to make informed decisions when it comes to this area of their lives. More important than talking about preventing an unwanted pregnancy, is to talk about family planning which is a much broader subject, that includes not only the practical aspects of reproduction but what creating family means, the values, the beliefs, the connection and how to have a vision for healthy family.
  2. We need to create more awareness and resources not only for people of reproductive age, but for those in outside reproductive age who are facing challenges related to reproduction. This includes children and teenagers who have had their fertility affected due to cancer, hormonal imbalance, or genetic malformations; as well as people over 50 who haven’t had their reproductive goals met. These matters affect everyone, of every age group, every race, culture and religion.
  3. We need to work harder in creating a society free of stigma and embarrassment in all aspects related to reproductive health. The study found women were reluctant to share their experiences for fear of being judged and that these feelings were reinforced in different ways including at work, school and within healthcare setting. Only half the women who needed help, sought it. This needs to change.

You can read the Public Health England Report here:
Reproductive Health is a Public Health Issue – A consensus statement

Reproductive Health is a Public Health Issue – What do women say?

You can also watch the full discussion at BBC Victoria Derbyshire show here!

Andreia Trigo RN BSc MSc NLP

Fertility Nurse | TEDx Speaker | Author

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