Profile and Pattern of Women Seeking Medical Termination of Pregnancy in a Tertiary care Centre in National Capital Region
Keywords:induced, unintended, legal, reproductive
Background: Induced abortion whether safe or unsafe, legal or illegal is a reproductive health service that
is part of the lives of women, couples and communities all over the country. When faced with unintended
pregnancies, especially in contexts in which women lack access to effective family planning, induced
abortion is an important part of women’s reproductive health care. In this backdrop the present study was
undertaken with the objective to study socio-demographic profile, methods, various indications in Medical
Termination of Pregnancy cases performed in our institution.
Method: This study was conducted in the Department of Forensic Medicine in collaboration with
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, at SMSR, GautambudhNagar, India. Information was obtained
from the patient seeking abortion services, patient’s case record file in the hospital, Medical Termination
of Pregnancy (MTP) register and direct interview with concerned consultant in charge in the form of predesigned questionnaire..
Conclusion: The most common reason for MTP was unwanted pregnancy due to non use of contraceptives
by the women of reproductive age group. We recommend comprehensive contraceptive counseling can
help prevent unintended pregnancies that lead to abortions and should include information on when fertility
returns after a birth or abortion. Also dedicating a special cell to focus on a woman’s unmet needs of
contraception would go a long way in resolution of unintended pregnancies and abortions.
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