What is my definition of health? To be healthy means that you are physically, mentally, and emotionally at your best. According to Dictionary.com “health is the state of being free from illness or injury.” Illness to me means that something is affecting the body in a negative way. Dictionary.com says that illness is “a disease or period of sickness affecting the body or mind”. The two relate to each other because one cannot be totally healthy if they have an illness and vice versa. Illness may not be permanent and most of the time there is always a chance for a healthy comeback.
In my opinion, infertility is an illness. Infertility is the inability to conceive. My reason for thinking it is an illness is because the ability to make a baby is a gift, it is one of the most precious things that the women’s body can endure. if you are not able to fully carry a baby then the women’s body isn’t fulfilling its full purpose. Wikipedia’s definition of infertility is “ fundamentally the inability to conceive offspring. Infertility also refers to the state of a woman who is unable to carry a pregnancy to full term.” Sometimes infertility is caused by problems with the woman, other times problems with the man, or it could be from old age but there are treatments for this illness. Hence, there may be a healthy return and the woman could conceive and carry a baby full term.
Menstruation is not an illness, if you ask me. Menstruation is when the inner lining of the uterus sheds causing a women to flow blood through her vagina. It usually lasts for 3-5 days and it is monthly for a normal cycle. If a women does not experience a menstrual cycle, it is likely due to pregnancy in most cases ( unless due to complications that need medical attention). Which further proves why I believe that menstruation is not an illness but something that women need in order to stay healthy, it also allows for a mother to bear a child which is amazing to me.