Value of self-care for sexual and reproductive health

Lindsay Edouard, Friday Okonofua


It is opportune for the Journal to contribute to Self-Care Month and Self-Care Day, as proclaimed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in its efforts to promote self-care which is increasingly prominent in discourses in resource-limited settings for attaining universal health coverage. With sexual and reproductive health and rights facing hindrances, such as cultural barriers, self-care should facilitate access to services whilst maintaining privacy. Largely limited to pregnancy beforehand, selfcare can now be promoted for the self-management of medical abortion, self-administration of injectable contraceptives and gender-affirming hormones besides self-collection of samples for infection testing.

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