International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health

Founded in 1975, International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, formerly International Family Planning Perspectives, is a peer-reviewed journal published quarterly by Guttmacher Institute. Articles include information about sexual and reproductive health in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia.

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 4, December

Consumer Perspectives on a Pericoital Contraceptive Pill in India and Uganda
CONTEXT: Studies suggest that women in some countries have adopted emergency contraceptive pills as a routine method of family planning. This practice indicates there may be latent demand for a pericoital contraceptive pill taken only when a woman...
Documenting the Individual- and Household-Level Cost of Unsafe Abortion in Uganda
CONTEXT: Although Uganda has a restrictive abortion law, illegal abortions performed under dangerous conditions are common. Data are lacking, however, on the economic impact of postabortion complications on women and their households. METHODS: Data...
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International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health is a peer-reviewed research journal serving researchers, policymakers, program administrators and service providers in developing countries. The journal invites submissions based on qualitative...
In Tanzania, Women Can Correctly Assess Whether They Can Use the Pill
Tanzanian women of reproductive age can accurately determine whether they are ineligible to use combination oral contraceptives because of medical reasons such as blood clots or diabetes, according to a cross-sectional study conducted in rural and...
In This Issue
In Uganda, where abortion is severely restricted, unsafe abortion takes a considerable financial toll on women and their families, often resulting in a decline in economic stability and household well-being. Using prospective data from a 2011-2012...
Levels of Risky Sex Did Not Rise When HIV Therapy Was Initiated in KwaZulu-Natal
Levels of unsafe sexual behavior did not increase when antiretroviral therapy became available in a rural region of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and in some regards residents' sexual behavior became safer, according to an analysis of seven years of...
Mortality Is Elevated during Infancy and Early Childhood When Births Are Closely Spaced
Short birth intervals are associated with an increased risk of death both for the new infant and for the older sibling, surveillance data from two Nairobi slums confirm. (1) Nearly one-tenth of second or higher order births in the study regions occurred...
Reproduction, Functional Autonomy and Changing Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence within Marriage in Rural India
CONTEXT: The literature on intimate partner violence in resource-poor contexts relies primarily on cross-sectional studies. Because changes in women's status and empowerment are hypothesized to influence violence vulnerability, longitudinal studies...
Researchers Posing as Clients Find Inadequate Contraceptive Care by Some Kenyan Providers
Poor quality of care--including long waits, inappropriate fees and misinformation about contraceptive methods--may impede women's use of family planning services in Kenya, according to a recent study using simulated clients. (1) Posing as contraceptive...
The Oportunidades Conditional Cash Transfer Program: Effects on Pregnancy and Contraceptive Use among Young Rural Women in Mexico
CONTEXT: Oportunidades is a large conditional cash transfer program in Mexico. It is important to examine whether the program has any direct effect on pregnancy experience and contraceptive use among young rural women, apart from those through education....
Understanding Couples' Relationship Quality and Contraceptive Use in Kumasi, Ghana
CONTEXT: A wealth of data exist on knowledge, attitudes and practice related to contraceptive use; however, emotional aspects of relationships that may influence reproductive decision making are often overlooked. METHODS: Data from the 2010 Family...
Women's Autonomy Not Always Related to Men's Help with Maternal Care
Increases in women's autonomy and in men's involvement in maternal health care--two social trends that may contribute to improved maternal health outcomes--do not necessarily occur in tandem, according to a recent study conducted in rural Nepal) Instead,...
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