Factors associated with the prevalence of induced Abortions among Females of age 16 to 30 years at Busiu Center IV, Mbale District. A Cross-sectional Study.
Keywords:Prevalence , Induced Abortions, Mbale District
Induced abortion is defined as a procedure done to end pregnancy [ACOG], and most induced abortions are done in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
The study was cross-sectional in design. This is so because it yields results in a short time. A simple random sampling technique was used to select 60 respondents who participated in the study.
The majority 35(58%) of the respondents were Bagisu and the least 4(7%) were Bagwere. Most 33(55%) of the respondents had attained secondary 12(40%) of the respondents had attained primary level, 9(15%) attained tertiary level and the least 6(10%) had attained none. The majority (43)72% of the respondents were in the age range of 16-26 years due to fact that this is the reproductive age group, still attending school, more sexually active, and are exposed to sexual and reproduction information and articles; of which most are not married having fear to sustain pregnancy and the least (17) 28% were 30-44 years as most of them are married thus with no fear for sustaining the pregnancy once they conceived.
The study showed that most women of reproductive age had some knowledge of induced abortion but a few knew about safe induced abortion and the majority knew at least one method of induced abortion.
This study highlighted the need for policymakers and health administrators to implement measures that would increase the knowledge of people on safe induced abortion including legal rights.
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