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. 42, No. 2, June

Adolescent Marriage Is Still the Norm in Bangladesh, but Trends Show That Marital Age Is Rising
The large majority of women in Bangladesh marry as adolescents, although the prevalence of the practice has declined somewhat in recent decades. According to an analysis of 2011 national survey data from ever-married women of reproductive age, (1)...
Despite Adversity, Progress Has Been Made toward Maternal and Child Health Goals in Afghanistan
Afghanistan has made progress toward improving maternal and child well-being in recent years, despite considerable political upheaval and poverty, according to a comprehensive, systematic case study mainly based on national survey data. (1) Between...
High Postpartum Uptake of IUD at Private Health Facilities with Provider Trained to Insert Method
Training private providers on counseling women about postpartum contraceptive options--including the IUD--and on how to insert the IUD postpartum may lead to high uptake of the method. According to a study in Nigeria among 728 women who received contraceptive...
HPV Vaccine Programs Are Failing to Reach Young Female Populations of Low-Income Countries
Publicly funded HPV immunization programs Article text.around the world have successfully vaccinated many young women overall, but a large share of those with the highest risk of HPV-related disease have been left out, according to a global estimate...
In This Issue
Following the 2011 revolution against the regime of Egypt's then-president Hosni Mubarak, an integrated reproductive and maternal and child health program was implemented in Upper and Lower Egypt amid concerns about neonatal mortality and early-childhood...
Levels, Trends and Correlates of Abortion in Tehran, Iran: 2009-2014
CONTEXT: Accurate, up-to-date information on abortion incidence is lacking for Iran, where abortion is illegal. METHODS: Data from 2,934 currently married women aged 15-49 who completed the 2009 Tehran Survey of Fertility (TSF) and 3,012 such women...
Mother, Daughter, Doctor: Medical Professionals and Mothers' Decision Making about Female Genital Cutting in Egypt
CONTEXT: Although female genital cutting (FGC) is illegal in Egypt and rates are declining, medicalization of the practice has increased. However, little is known about why some mothers prefer that FGC be performed by medical professionals or the degree...
Postpartum Family Planning during Sociopolitical Transition: Findings from an Integrated Community-Based Program in Egypt
CONTEXT: Limited information exists on postpartum family planning and implementation of integrated reproductive and maternal and child health programs in countries experiencing sociopolitical transition. METHODS: A quasi-experimental evaluation...
Safe Male Circumcision Program in Uganda Attracts Sexually Active Men Who Have an Elevated HIV Risk
Sexually active men who accept safe male Articlecircumcisiontext. services in Uganda's Rakai district are at higher risk of HIV before having the procedure than those who do not, according to a population-based cohort study among non-Muslim participants....
Skilled Birth Attendance Rates in Burkina Faso Rose after Debut of Policy Subsidizing User Fees
After the 2007 introduction of a policy to subsidize maternal health user fees in Burkina Faso, the rate of skilled birth attendance increased among women across all socioeconomic status strata. According to a quasi-experimental study conducted in...
"The Fetus Is My Patient, Too": Attitudes toward Abortion and Referral among Physician Conscientious Objectors in Bogota, Colombia
CONTEXT: In 2006, the Colombian Constitutional Court partially decriminalized abortion. However, barriers to access, including improper use of conscientious objection, remain. METHODS: To explore conscientious objection from the objectors' perspectives,...
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