The Incidence of Menstrual Regulation in Bangladesh Declined Substantially Between 2010 and 2014
Improving Access to High-Quality Services Is Important for Women’s Health
March 22, 2017
Menstrual regulation (MR), a process to regulate or reestablish the menstrual cycle when menstruation is absent for a short duration, has been part of the national family planning program in Bangladesh since 1979. According to two new studies by researchers from the Guttmacher Institute and the Association for Prevention of Septic Abortion, Bangladesh (BAPSA), 430,000 MRs were performed in Bangladesh in 2014 and the rate of MR procedures was 10 per 1,000 women aged 15–49. These figures represent a 34% decline in the number of MRs and a 40% decline in the MR rate since data were last collected, in 2010. Inadequate access to needed MR services may help to explain the declines: The studies show that the proportion of both public and private facilities providing MR services dropped between 2010 and 2014. Among types of facilities that could potentially provide MR, 47% of public and 80% of private facilities in 2014 did not offer that service.
Continued at source: Guttmacher Institute: https://www.guttmacher.org/news-release/2017/incidence-menstrual-regulation-bangladesh-declined-substantially-between-2010-and