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WHO Definition of Reproductive Health 

Within the framework of WHO’s definition of health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, reproductive health addresses the reproductive processes, functions and system at all stages of life. Reproductive health, therefore, implies that people are able to have a responsible, satisfying and safe sex life and that they have the capability to reproduce and the freedom to decide if, when and how often to do so.  Implicit in this are the right of men and women to be informed of and to have access to safe, effective, affordable and acceptable methods of fertility regulation of their choice, and the right of access to appropriate health care services that will enable women to go safely through pregnancy and childbirth.

Specific MRH focus areas from J Am Coll Health. 2001 May;49(6):253-66 definition:
(The journal refers to Male Reproductive and Sexual Health (MRSH) in their definition)

Medical (pathophysiological) matters

  • Sexually transmitted infections(STIs)
  • Developmental anomalies
  • Malignancy
  • Trauma
  • Infertility

Psychosocial concerns:

  • Sexuality
  • Contraception
  • Disease prophylaxis
  • Developmental and lifecycle issues
  • Tobacco and drug use
  • Gender identity and sexual orientation

(College) health services

  • Offer men screening;
  • Clinical diagnosis and treatment for MRSH (MRH?) conditions
  • Information, education, and counseling services

Additional aspects of definition to consider

  • Functions of reproduction are healthy
  • Minimize behaviors and activities harmful to reproductive health