Unmet need for contraception and unintended pregnancy in Bangladesh

Abstract : Unmet need for contraception and unintended pregnancy are important public health concerns both in developing and developed countries. The aim of the present study was to measure the prevalence of unmet need for contraception and unwanted pregnancy, and to explore the association between these two in a nationally representative sample in Bangladesh.

Data for the present study were collected from Bangladesh demographic and health survey conducted in 2011. Participants were 7338 mothers ageing between 13 and 49 years selected from both rural and urban residencies.  Findings form the research suggests that programs targeting to reduce unmet need for contraception could contribute to a lower rate of unintended pregnancy in Bangladesh. More in-depth and qualitative studies on the underlying sociocultural causes of unmet need can help develop context specific solutions to unintended pregnancies.

Read the full research here: https://bmcpregnancychildbirth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12884-017-1379-4

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