The average woman spends approximately 30 years of her life coping with reproductive health issues. From puberty to menopause, women face PMS symptoms, issues about healthy intimacy, trying to conceive, miscarriages and much more. This is where reproductive health counseling comes in. Integrated Counseling and Wellness is a dedicated provider of reproductive health counseling to Rexburg-area residents, and our goal is to help you navigate the complexities of family planning and related issues.
Reproductive health counseling is a unique program aimed at helping women deal with the emotional concerns and daily challenges pertaining to hormones, the menstrual cycle, sexual health, and pregnancy. Because reproductive health events are considered major transitions that can and will affect every aspect of a woman’s life, appropriate counseling serves as a coping mechanism to help maintain your health and wellbeing. Counseling is specially designed to help you cope more effectively with:
The best state of reproductive health is where you have physical, mental and social wellbeing. It deals with all aspects of the reproductive process and mechanisms in every stage of life.
Reproductive health means that a couple can have satisfying personal relations plus adequate knowledge and resources to reproduce at their own pace. Women need access to effective and affordable healthcare services in order to proceed with a healthy pregnancy and childbirth, as well as to maximize their chances of having a healthy child.
Reproductive health is affected by a broad scope of variables throughout an individual’s life, including:
Women are affected by reproductive health problems significantly more than their male counterparts. In fact, 36% of the healthy years of life among women of reproductive age are lost due to the risk of unregulated fertility, unwanted pregnancies, maternal mortality and sexually transmitted diseases – to name a few. For men of reproductive age, this number is about 12%. Furthermore, young people are at a higher risk of reproductive health problems due to their limited knowledge and lack of access to appropriate resources.
Although reproductive health services vary from country to country based on the above factors, the core focus of these services typically includes:
These services must be easily accessible to individuals of reproductive age and include education, counseling and management of all types of issues.
There are 6 phases of reproductive health that counseling can address, as follows:
Pre-Pregnancy – A diagnosed mental health disorder should never prevent a woman from having children. However, this type of diagnosis means that you may require an increased level of support to ensure that you maintain physical and emotional health both during pregnancy and after the birth.
Pregnancy – Although all women experience challenges during pregnancy that affect every aspect of their lives, some women find it harder to cope with these changes. Common disorders that have their onset during pregnancy are major depressive disorder and various anxiety disorders, requiring support from healthcare professionals.
Postpartum – During the year after the birth of a child, many women experience a substantial drop in hormone levels. This, combined with changes in responsibility can trigger the onset of postpartum blues, major depressive disorder, as well as bipolar disorder, psychotic episodes and anxiety disorder.
Pregnancy Loss – Every type of loss is different but common feelings that a woman may experience during this time include shock, confusion, anger, fear, loneliness, guilt or depression. There is no fixed order to when these feelings may or may not surface during grieving, and intensity can range from mild to severe.
Infertility – Up to 15% of couples learn that they may experience difficulty having children, and over 50% of women who seek infertility treatment report that treatment was the most stressful time of their lives. Infertility often triggers grief, anxiety and depression, which may further interfere with the ability to conceive.
PMS – Up to 40% of women experience premenstrual symptoms that can be physical, behavioral or emotional. When symptoms persist and greatly affect a woman’s daily life, PMS may be diagnosed as a disorder.
If you seek comprehensive reproductive health counseling in Rexburg, Idaho Falls or Ammon, Idaho, please contact the professionals at Integrated Counseling and Wellness today.
Call today for a free 15 minute consultation with a counselor- 208 357 3104