Women of reproductive age with intellectual disability in Bangladesh: an insight into sexual reproductive health needs
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Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Bangladesh
Publication date: 2023-04-27
Popul. Med. 2023;5(Supplement):A1018
Disability is a major social and economic phenomenon in Bangladesh. Sexual and reproductive health services are yet to achieve in Bangladesh and people still attach to stigma, environmental barriers, social and cultural factors related to SRHR. It is mandatory for women of reproductive age with intellectual disabilities to get accurate, accessible, and understandable information about sexual reproductive health and services regarding contraception and reproduction in lower middle income countries like Bangladesh. The aim of the study is to understand and synthesize sexual and reproductive health needs for women of reproductive age with mild to moderate intellectual disability (ID) in Bangladesh, in order to create awareness in the community, and health care professionals as well as inform public policies and programs supporting women with ID and their families in Bangladesh. A literature review of the published literature in the last 20 years was carried out with an adjusted conceptual framework of sexual reproductive health. This study found that there is a lack of significant data in Bangladesh regarding this issue. But other neighboring countries indicated that women of reproductive age with ID have many issues and needs regarding SRH including pregnancy, contraceptions, periods, and sexual behaviors. In addition to this, health care providers do not have enough knowledge and understanding about the extent of disabilities and SRH for women with ID due to lack of training, no guidelines, and inadequate access to resources. Besides, environmental barriers, lack of awareness among women with ID, and self-stigma are also putting obstacles to get access to SRH services for women with ID. This study will play an important role to talk about sexual reproductive health needs and services for women of reproductive age with ID in Bangladesh.
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