Community Health Sciences
Introduction: The stagnated CPR and high unmet need for contraception lead to approximately 890,000 induced abortions every year in Pakistan. A fairly recent study from Pakistan also revealed that around 40% of abortions are performed by unskilled workers in backstreet clinics. Considering these grave statistics, it should not come as surprise that unwanted pregnancies are the leading cause of induced abortions in Pakistan. Despite country's inferior situation, there is no data available in Pakistan that unveils the much needed information pertaining to post-abortion care family planning (PAC) use. Thus, this paper attempts to document socio-demographic profile seeking post-abortion care clients; estimate proportion of post-abortion contraception uptake and determine its associated factors.
Methods: Medical records of 17,262 women seeking PAC as a result of incomplete abortion and treatment for complications arising from unsafe abortions were analyzed. The associations between risk factors and post-abortion family planning uptake were assessed by applying univariate and multivariable logistic regression.
Results: High post abortion contraceptive use (72.9%) was observed amongst the women who had sought for PAC services. where, 66% of the women opted to use short-term methods. The rest (33.5) considered long-term reversible IUD and implant as their method of choice and only 0.4% had undergone voluntary sterilization. Multiple logistic model identified province, women education, women occupation status, monthly family income, first time visitors to the centre, previous contraceptive use, and type of PAC treatment provided, women's health condition after post-abortion treatment had significant associations with the uptake of contraception.
Conclusion: The present study highlights the importance of strengthening post-abortion family planning services in the country which will not only contribute in increasing the overall contraceptive use in the country but will also prevent high unintended pregnancies that may ultimately lead to induced abortions.
Publication ( Name of Journal)
Pakistan Journal of Public Health
Azmat, S. K.,
(2012). Post-abortion care family planning use in Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Public Health, 2(2), 4-9.
Available at: https://ecommons.aku.edu/pakistan_fhs_mc_chs_chs/897
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