Your reproductive health

Your reproductive health
06 February 2017
The idea of adding a new person to your family thrills you with excitement, and the notion that there’ll be another child at your dinner table makes your heart soar.

While you’re planning to extend your family, it’s important to ensure that you’re ready for it, in every way. Let’s look at how LifeDoc can help you track your way towards, and through, pregnancy.

Reproductive Health Awareness Month
The month of February is denoted in South Africa as Reproductive Health Awareness Month. The United Nations Population Fund describes reproductive health as:

“Good sexual and reproductive health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being in all matters relating to the reproductive system. It implies that people are able to have a satisfying and safe sex life, the capability to reproduce, and the freedom to decide if, when, and how often to do so.”

The UNFPA then goes on to explain that:

“To maintain one’s sexual and reproductive health, people need access to accurate information and the safe, effective, affordable and acceptable contraception method of their choice. They must be informed and empowered to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections. And when they decide to have children, women must have access to services that can help them have a fit pregnancy, safe delivery and healthy baby. Every individual has the right to make their own choices about their sexual and reproductive health.”

Reproductive health forms a key focus for the South African Department of Health, too, as it is so keenly tied to maternal, child and family health. Moreover, reproductive health issues affect every citizen of the world, male or female, as the ultimate continuation of our species rests, for the most part, upon maintaining good reproductive health.

But it’s not just about pregnancy
It’s important to remember, however, that your reproductive health journey is not just about pregnancy, or extending your family. In fact, the area of reproductive health includes protecting yourself from sexually transmitted infections; ensuring that you keep those appointments for regular check-ups with your doctor (even if you experience no symptoms of a problem) and making sure that you and your partner work together to maintain your respective personal health. Ultimately, decisions relating to your reproductive health belong to you and you alone, but when it comes to your partner and family, remember that your choices affect them too.

Tracking Your Fertility with LifeDoc
If you are planning to extend your family to include another person, you know how many decisions need to be made. You’re also keenly aware that, sometimes, it’s not as easy as just deciding to do it, because fertility issues may arise, even if you have had a child before. Tracking your fertility becomes a little easier to do, thanks to LifeDoc, as you can record information related to your most recent health assessments and make notes about them too. Securely stored and easily accessible, your personal health record can also help you to keep track of doctor’s visits, and important appointments.

LifeDoc Can Help
LifeDoc™ is here to help. Now available for download as an Android app (with iOS coming soon!), LifeDoc™ helps you take charge of your personal health information, while making it easier to keep track of appointments, schedule those checkups and securely store your personal health records. Register here or like the LifeDoc™ Facebook page for regular updates. You can also stay on track with LifeDoc™ developments on Twitter.