Title

The need for integrating family planning and postabortion care in China

Document Type

Article

Department

Obstetrics and Gynaecology (East Africa)

Abstract

Objective

To assess the need for integrating postabortion care with family planning services in China.

Method

We collected data from a clinic-based study of 24 abortion clinics in 3 large cities in China.

Results

There was a total of 287 (10.3%) high-risk abortions among the 2780 respondents, 974 (35%) of whom had had repeated abortions and 48.4% had had 2 abortions within 1 year; 63.7% of the current pregnancies resulted from not using contraceptives; 28.8% and 19.8% of these new pregnancies, respectively, were due to the failure of the rhythm or the withdrawal method; only 9.7% of the respondents consistently used condoms; and only 9.1% could identify the correct time of their first ovulation following an abortion.

Conclusion

Contraceptive neglect and the high rates of repeated and high-risk abortions call for the integration of postabortion care with family planning services in China.

Comments

This work was published before the author joined Aga Khan University.

Publication

International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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