Profile of women seekingmedical termination of pregnancy in South India

Holla, Ramesh and Kanchan, Tanuj and *, Unnikrishnan B and Kotian, Shashidhar M. and *, Nithin Kumar and Thapar, Rekha and Mithra, Prasanna P and *, Mohan Kumar Papanna and Kulkarni, Vaman and *, Bhagawan Bhagyamma Darshan (2014) Profile of women seekingmedical termination of pregnancy in South India. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 125. pp. 253-255.

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Abstract

Objective: To investigate the demographic and obstetric profile of women seeking medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) in South India in accordance with the MTP Act of India. Methods: A registry-based retrospective study was carried out at a tertiary care teaching hospital in South India. The hospital records of all pregnant women seeking MTP over a 2-year period between January 2011 and December 2012 were reviewed. Results: A total of 244women underwentMTP during the study period.More than one-third (37.8%)were aged between 26 and 30 years. The majority of women underwent MTP during the first trimester (79.5%). Medical reasons were cited as the most common reason for undergoing MTP (39.3%), followed by unplanned pregnancy (34.8%). The majority of women were seeking MTP for the first time (84.8%). More than half of the women (52.9%) opted for post-MTP contraception. Conclusion: MTP for unplanned pregnancy can be prevented if people are well informed about methods of contraception.MTP is an opportunity for healthcare professionals to discuss fertility needs and need for contraception with women seeking MTP so that appropriate decisions can be taken for suitable family planning.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Contraception Induced abortion Medical termination of pregnancy South India
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Community Medicine
Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Forensic Medicine
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2014 05:44
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2014 05:44
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/139710

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