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Perceptions of women about menstrual regulation: Services: Qualitative interviews from selected urban areas of Dhaka
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health. (Internationell kvinno- & mödrahälsovård/Lindmark)
2007 (English)In: Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, ISSN 1606-0997, E-ISSN 2072-1315, Vol. 25, no Dec, 392-398 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Menstrual regulation (MR) programmes were introduced in Bangladesh in 1974 to reduce morbidity and mortality due to unsafe abortions. About 468,000 MR procedures are performed annually, and its potential is not fully used. To develop MR programmes, the voices of women could add important aspects to its acceptability. This qualitative interview study aimed to explore and describe the perceptions about MR in a sample of women from Dhaka, Bangladesh. The most prominent perception was that, despite the moral dilemma inherent in terminating pregnancies, MR was highly valued as a solution in problematic life situations. However, unprofessional attitudes and misconduct among MR providers were revealed, and there was also a lack of knowledge and openness in families. To improve the quality of MR services, professional ethics needs to be highlighted in training and supervision of providers. To improve the acceptability of MR, education on the benefits of MR has to be made available to the whole population.

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2007. Vol. 25, no Dec, 392-398 p.
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Health services, hindrances, interviews, menstrual regulation, perceptions, women, Bangladesh
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-13364OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-13364DiVA: diva2:41134
Available from: 2008-01-22 Created: 2008-01-22 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved

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