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Sanjay R Quraishi Vivek Baliram Waghachavare Alka Dilip Gore Girish B Dhumale


AbstractIntroduction: Subject  of  Termination  is  charged  with  emotions,  superstitions  and  religious  beliefs.  This  study  evaluates  both  medical  and  social  characters  of  M.T.P  acceptors. Objective: To  study  the  medico-demographic  characteristics  of  women  coming  for  M.T.P.Material and methods: Pre-tested  questionnaire  was  used  with  informed  written  consent,  government  recognized  M.T.P  centers  in  Sangli-Miraj-Kupwad Corporation  area  were  selected   and   cross-sectional   study  was   done.  All women seeking M.T.P were included in the study. Bi-variate  and  multivariate  analysis  by  using  Z test  and  conditional  logistic  regression  analysis  for  predicting  risk  factors. Results: Total of 311 cases of M.T.P acceptors were studied. Inadequate spacing and willing to complete family size were the most important indicators for M.T.P. Among  parity,  38.58%  had  3  or  more  living  children  while  36.1%  had  2  living  children  and  one  child  norm  was  seen  in  only  highly  educated  couples.  Acceptance  of  family  planning  method  after  M.T.P  shows  that  52.19%  accepted  permanent  method.  As  per  male to female  ratio,  maximum  couples  had  1  or  more  than  1 male  child  or  more  than  2  females  awaiting  for  male  issue.  Majority of subjects accepting M.T.P. (28.57%) had equal no. of male and female children (1:1), while 26.27% had more no. of male children as compared to female. Conclusion:  It can be concluded   that inadequate spacing and completion of the family are the most important indicators of M.T.P. The couples seeking M.T.P. prefer  male  sex  child  irrespective  of  family  size,  educational  status  and  rural/urban  status. Keywords: Abortion Seekers; Legal Abortions; Birth Spacing; Sex Discrimination; Family Planning.

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