Although generally supportive of the introduction of mifepristone-misoprostol into routine menstrual regulation
services, some counselors were concerned about the implications of the widespread availability of the drugs.
In Bangladesh, abortion is illegal except to save the woman's life, but menstrual regulation
(MR) can legally be performed up to a maximum of 10 weeks from the last menstrual period.
CONTEXT: Bangladesh is unique in including menstrual regulation
(MR) services as part of the government family planning program, despite having a highly restrictive abortion law.
A second article on Bangladesh, by Heidi Bart Johnson and colleagues, compares the economic costs of providing menstrual regulation
with those of providing treatment of abortion complications [page 197].
In Bangladesh, menstrual regulation
is provided by the government as a backup to contraception.
Two categories of pregnancy termination are available: Menstrual regulation
(hut thai) refers to a suction procedure performed within five weeks of conception, whereas abortion (nao thai) refers to all other procedures (e.g., manual vacuum aspiration and dilation and curettage) performed after this period.
is an important gap area in health knowledge for many service members and their care providers.
The REACHOUT Bangladesh project, led by BRAC JPGSPH, aimed to strengthen the capacity of close-to-community (CTC) providers by improving the referral system for Menstrual Regulation
We have read with interest the article "The Incidence of Menstrual Regulation
Procedures and Abortion in Bangladesh, 2014" [2017, 43(1):1-11, https://doi.org/10.1363/43e2417], by Susheela Singh et al.
She uses self-examinations, contraception, abortion (or, rather, the practices of menstrual extraction and menstrual regulation
) and Pap testing as starting points for analyzing how politics and policies have become entangled in women's complex relationships to related medical technologies.
What makes the country unique, however, is the potential contribution of an authorized procedure--known as menstrual regulation
, or MR--to "establish nonpregnancy" after a missed period.
A new analysis from the Guttmacher Institute shows that oral contraceptives appeal to teenagers for benefits beyond contraception, including menstrual pain, menstrual regulation
, and acne.