Women’s experiences with medication for menstrual regulation in Bangladesh

Heather M. Marlow, Kamal Biswas, Risa Griffin, Jamie Menzel

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Abstract

Menstrual regulation has been legal in Bangladesh since 1974, but the use of medication for menstrual regulation is new. In this study, we sought to understand women’s experiences using medication for menstrual regulation in Bangladesh. We conducted 20 in-depth interviews with rural and urban women between December 2013 and February 2014. All interviews were audiotaped, transcribed, translated, computer recorded and coded for analysis. The majority of women in our study had had positive experiences with medication for menstrual regulation and successful outcomes, regardless of whether they obtained their medication from medicine sellers/pharmacies, doctors or clinics. Women were strongly influenced by health providers when deciding which method to use. There is a need to educate not only women of reproductive age, but also communities as a whole, about medication for menstrual regulation, with a particular emphasis on cost and branding the medication. Continued efforts to improve counselling by providers about the dose, medication and side-effects of medication for menstrual regulation, along with education of the community about medication as an option for menstrual regulation, will help to de-stigmatise the procedure and the women who seek it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-360
Number of pages12
JournalCulture, Health and Sexuality
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 3 2016

Keywords

  • Bangladesh
  • Reproductive health
  • behaviour
  • menstrual regulation
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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