Pregnancy termination in matlab, bangladesh: trends and correlates of use of safer and less-safe methods.

International perspectives on sexual and reproductive health

PubMedID: 25271647

DaVanzo J, Rahman M. Pregnancy termination in matlab, bangladesh: trends and correlates of use of safer and less-safe methods. Int Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2014;40(3):119-26.
CONTEXT
Menstrual regulation (MR), a relatively safe form of pregnancy termination, is legal in Bangladesh during the early stages of pregnancy. However, little is known about the factors associated with whether women who terminate pregnancies choose this method or a less-safe one.

METHODS
Data from the Matlab Demographic Surveillance System on 122,691 pregnancies-5,221 (4.3%) of which were terminated-were used to examine trends between 1989 and 2008 in termination and in use of safer methods (MR or dilation and curettage) and less-safe (all other) methods of pregnancy termination. Logistic and multinomial logistic regressions were used to assess factors associated with whether women terminate pregnancies and whether they use safer methods.

RESULTS
Sixty-seven percent of pregnancy terminations were by safer methods and 33% by less-safe means. The proportion of pregnancies that were terminated increased between 1989 and 2008; this increase was entirely due to increased use of safer methods. Women younger than 18 and those 25 or older were more likely than women aged 20-24 to terminate their pregnancies (odds ratios ranged from 1.5 among women aged 16-17 or 25-29 to 26.1 among those aged 45 or older). Among women who terminated their pregnancies, those aged 25-44 were more likely than those aged 20-24 to use a safer method. Compared with women who had no formal education, those with some education were more likely to terminate their pregnancies and to do so using safer methods.

CONCLUSION
A growing proportion of pregnancies in Matlab are terminated, and these terminations are increasingly done using safer methods.