Sexual and reproductive health is a key determinant for women’s broader health and wellbeing and for their ability to participate fully and equitably in society.
Sexual and reproductive health includes women’s ability to:
- understand and control decisions about their fertility, including safe access to abortion and contraception
- have safe and pleasurable sex
- access key information and services that women require over the life course in relation to menopause and conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Key factors impacting women’s sexual and reproductive health outcomes include exposure to violence (including reproductive coercion), health literacy and body image. The intersection of gender inequality with discrimination on the basis of race, ability or sexuality shapes women’s experiences and outcomes.
In order to ensure that women can access appropriate, affordable and timely sexual and reproductive health services, we need to break down social, economic and geographic barriers. Victoria’s Women’s sexual and reproductive health: key priorities 2017-2020 provides a framework for action.
For information about women’s sexual and reproductive health status in Victoria, visit our statistics page.