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Prevalence and determinants of menstrual regulation among ever-married women in Bangladesh: evidence from a national survey
Authors: Juwel Rana, Kanchan Kumar Sen, Toufica Sultana, Mohammad Bellal Hossain, and Rakibul M. Islam
Source: Reproductive Health, 16(123); DOI: 10.1186/s12978-019-0785-7
Topic(s): Abortion
Health care utilization
Maternal health
Country: Asia
Published: AUG 2019
Abstract: Background Despite the remarkable reduction of maternal mortality, unsafe and untimely menstrual regulation (MR) remains a major maternal health problem in Bangladesh. This study aimed to determine the prevalence and identify determinants of MR among ever-married women in Bangladesh. Methods Data for this study have been extracted from Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (BDHS) 2014. The survey followed a two-stage stratified sampling procedure and the study used a sub-sample of 8084 ever-married women aged 15 to 49?years extracted from survey sample of 17,863. Univariate and multivariate mixed-effect logistic regression analyses were used to identify risk factors for MR accounting for potential between-clusters variations. Results The weighted prevalence of MR was 12.3% (95% CI: 11.1–13.4%) among (991/8084) ever-married women. Women were less likely to have MR if they were from Chittagong (AOR 0.74, 95% CI: 0.57–0.96; p?=?0.026) and Sylhet (AOR 0.53, 95% CI: 0.36–0.77; p?=?0.001) divisions. Women were more likely to have MR if they were from high (AOR 1.47, 95% CI: 1.18–1.83; p?=?0.001) and the highest (AOR 1.62, 95% CI: 1.27–2.05; p?