On the occasion of World Health Day, it is important to highlight the relevance of timely information when making decisions about Assisted Reproduction treatment, since often, due to lack of knowledge on the subject, both of reproductive health and of technologies to conceive, too much time is allowed to pass, and there are definitely alternatives to achieve a pregnancy or carry it to term..
This misinformation has led many women to delay adequate reproductive health treatment, or even to seek it at all, either because of social issues or simple ignorance of an underlying condition that affects their ability to become mothers.
The underlying problem is that infertility is misunderstood and therefore poorly addressed and treated, despite being the fifth most common disability in the world. However, in Latin America, infertility is still not recognised as a result of poor quality sexual health care and low awareness of the issue.
It is common for awareness campaigns or promotion of assisted reproduction as the best treatment for infertility to have little visibility, which ends up preventing women and couples from having enough information to make an informed decision regarding what steps to take to become parents, or to become at least a possibility to be considered as an alternative.
Beyond the fact that fertility problems have not been given a public health forum, the reality is that a whole myth and taboo has been created around it, which has prevailed in several generations in Latin American societies above all, although it is not ruled out in many other parts of the world, it is considered that the only role of women is to procreate, depriving them of their right to choose how and when to become mothers.
It is estimated that women with a fertility condition, whether primary or secondary, may take 2 to 3 years to see a specialist, because of "shame", "guilt", because of ideas imposed by society in general, but above all, because of misinformation and misdiagnosis. And there are those who take even longer, or who do not even consider it.
Reproductive health starts with family planning, from the moment a woman decides to become a mother and begin her search process. because although sometimes it may not seem like it, there are different ways to get to this point, not only when there is a union as a couple; and it all boils down to the fact that we need to talk about reproductive health.
Seeking information is a fundamental step, and approaching health professionals is indispensable. Just as someone with the flu goes to the doctor, women who are looking to become mothers and have not been able to do so, have the option of turning to doctors specialising in Assisted Reproduction, to find an alternative, and even to have family planning, and to decide on their maternity.
Reproductive health is about women's physical and mental well-being within a social environment, so breaking taboos and talking about sexuality is essential to find ways to live it safely and satisfactorily, and to decide about reproduction, how to procreate and even find the ideal time to do so.
If a woman cannot have children "naturally", or postpones childbearing, it is not that there is something wrong with her, on the contrary, this is the starting point to look beyond, it is an opportunity for dissemination, to make alternatives known, to open up to the technologies that science has contributed, to remove prejudices, "guilt", and to talk about the important issues, to talk about reproductive health.
Today is the ideal time not only to demand that health authorities provide us with more information about sexuality, but also to investigate on our own how and when we might become mothers.
On World Health Day, beyond mentioning all the progress that has been made, we must begin to question ourselves more about sexuality, seek accurate information, know about contraceptive methods and risks, know about infections and/or sexually transmitted diseases, and above all, recognise that talking about reproductive health is talking about our rights as women and that we can decide about motherhood, natural or not.
We are at the right time to start breaking paradigms, touching on Gynecological issues, touching on women's sexuality.
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