Reproductive Health

Factors that lead to overall well being in adolescents:

Reproductive Health:-

A healthy individual is a person with overall physical and mental well-being. Reproductive health refers to the personal hygiene and proper caring of the reproductive organs. An adolescent needs to keep personal hygiene and predominantly the reproductive organs as all the body parts will be very active at this stage.

Some of the steps to be taken to maintain good reproductive health during adolescence are:

  • Eating a balanced diet.
  • Maintaining personal hygiene.
  • Adequate physical exercise.
  • Avoiding drugs.
Reproductive Health in Adolescents

1. Nutritional Health of Adolescents

  • The adolescent age requires a balanced diet that is rich in nutrients such as proteins and carbohydrates along with vitamins and essential minerals.
  • This is needed because the bodies of adolescents are changing and developing at a rapid rate at this time.
  • Healthy and nutrition-rich diets are essential for their right growth.
  • Also, they should avoid foods such as chips, soft drinks and soda as they have low nutritional value.

2. Personal Hygiene

Personal hygiene also plays a role in maintaining the mental and physical well-being of adolescents. Here are a few ways they can maintain their hygiene:

  • Having bath daily as the sweat glands and the oil glands secrete high amounts of sweat and oil in the skin which can lead to bad odour.
  • Maintaining cleanliness of the body as there can be chances of getting a bacterial infection otherwise.
  • Females should take note of the menstrual cycle and prepare themselves accordingly.

3. Physical Exercise

  • Exercising not only keep the body fit but also helps in relieving stress and maintaining mental well-being.
  • Therefore, adolescents should indulge in sports, exercise, walking, cycling, and other physical activities.

4. Say “No” to Drugs

  • Adolescent age incorporates different changes in the mind and body of the individual.
  • As a result, the adolescents may feel a little uneasy sometimes.
  • However, they should understand that this is natural and they should not be worried about it.
  • But many times adolescents are fooled by others by saying that taking drugs would bring relief to them.
  • They should always say NO to that as taking drugs can be dangerous for their health.
  • Drugs should be taken only if a doctor prescribed them otherwise not.
  • This is because the drugs are addictive and once a person takes them they feel like taking them again and again.
  • As a result, the mental and physical health of the person starts getting affected due to drugs.
  • Also, taking drugs through syringes can cause AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Disease).
  • This disease is caused by a hazardous virus that can get transmitted from one infected person to another through the use of the same syringes.
  • Along with this, it can transmit through sexual contact or from the infected mother's milk.