Correlates of contraceptive use four months post-abortion: Findings from a prospective study in Bangladesh

This study sought to understand correlates of postabortion contraceptive use at the individual, family and abortion service delivery levels. Potential individual level correlates included contraceptive and abortion history and fertility intentions; family correlates included intimate partner violence (IPV), discordance in fertility intentions, and household decision-making; and service delivery correlates included procedure type and postabortion contraceptive counseling.

The study found that delayed contraceptive initiation was more common among women who reported past year IPV. Postabortion contraceptive counseling should assess previous use patterns and provide information on using contraception effectively. Delayed initiation among women reporting IPV could be addressed through comprehensive, confidential counseling that includes violence screening, support for contraceptive initiation, and offer of woman-controlled methods.

About this Resource:

Year Published/Updated: 2017

Author(s): Pearson, Erin, Kamal Kanti Biswas, Kathryn L. Andersen, Caroline Moreau, Rezwana Chowdhury, Sharmin Sultana, S.M. Shahidullah, Pamela J. Surkan, Michele R. Decker

Languages: English
Regions: Asia
Countries: Bangladesh
Topics: Research