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WOMEN'S REPRODUCTIVE MORBIDITY AND TREATMENT-SEEKING BEHAVIOUR IN INDIA.
Authors: S. C. Gulati, Alok R. Chaurasia & Raghubansh M. Singh
Source: Asian Population Studies, Mar2009, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p61-84, 24p, , DOI:10.1080/17441730902790131
Topic(s): Maternal mortality
Reproductive health
Women's health
Country: Asia
  India
Published: MAR 2009
Abstract: Abstract: The study highlights net effects of selected socio-economic, demographic and cultural factors on th prevalence and treatment-seeking behaviour for reproductive morbidity in India on the basis of self-reported reproductive health problems elicited from 84,862 currently married women aged 15-49 in the second National Family Health Survey, 1998-1999 (NFHS-2). Information was elicited on treatment sought, if any, from private or public health service providers from 34,034 women suffering from reproductive tract infections (RTIs). The study employed binary and multinomial logit regression techniques for respectively analysing prevalence and treatment-seeking behaviour. The prevalence of RTIs in India is quite high (40 per cent) and the treatment-seeking is extremely low (33 per cent). Usage of female sterilization and Intra-Uterine Device (IUD) significantly compounds the reproductive morbidity in India, possibly because of negligence in post-operative or post-insertion care. Women suffering from abdominal pain or intercourse-related complications have a higher likelihood of seeking treatment for RTIs. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]