1-3) The reduction in maternal mortality may be due to fertility decline, to changes in health care-seeking behavior (3) and to the availability of menstrual regulation
(MR), a form of uterine evacuation that is thought to be a relatively safe method of terminating pregnancies (or suspected pregnancies).
Some of that decline--though precisely how much cannot be quantified--is likely attributable to the country's menstrual regulation
program, which allows women to establish nonpregnancy safely after a missed period and thus avoid recourse to unsafe abortion.
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.
A case study of Bangladesh's menstrual regulation
programme describes in detail how a collaborative approach between donors, the government and NGOs has increased the country's capacity to increase women's access to menstrual regulation
During the same year the menstrual regulation
method of abortion began to be taught at University of Indonesia, despite the fact that abortion remained illegal.
Concerted advocacy efforts by gender advocates successfully led to the provision of prevention and treatment of STIs/RTIs, menstrual regulation
, MCH and family planning services through one-stop clinics, as well as merging of health and family welfare departments in Bangladesh.
See: Dixon-Mueller R, Innovations in reproductive health care:, menstrual regulation
policies and programs in Bangladesh, Studies in Family Planning, 1988, 19(3):129-140.
Pharmacy workers in urban Bangladesh commonly provide medicines and dosing regimens for menstrual regulation
that are not effective, according to a cross-sectional survey that used trained individuals posing as clients.
Data on the economic costs of providing menstrual regulation
compared to treatment of abortion complications were collected through surveys of providers at 21 public-sector facilities in Bangladesh.
can only be used for the first trimester.
In Bangladesh, where the abortion law is highly restrictive, more than 700,000 women a year have a menstrual regulation
(MR), or uterine evacuation by vacuum aspiration without pregnancy testing; many more resort to unsafe abortion.
13) In Bangladesh, menstrual regulation
using MVA has been performed by paramedics up to 8 weeks' gestation since the late 1970s.