An audit of loss of pregnancy as an answer to differentiated sex ratio

Shambhavi Ashutosh Vaidya, Rashmi Kundapur, Sudhir Prabhu, Harshitha Hn, Santosh P.V. Rai, Anusha Rashmi

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Context: Abortion and unintended pregnancy in India is on the rise, and a large proportion of these unintended pregnancies end up in induced abortion. The soaring rate of abortion among Indian women can be influenced by a plethora of reasons. Aims: 1) To identify the rate of second trimester abortion2) To determine the reasons behind second trimester abortions Settings and design: An audit of all the abortions in a district of South India was conducted. Material and methods: The data was obtained from the records of abortion reported in the year 2018 from the District Health Office and analysed. Statistical analysis used: Descriptive statistics Results: Majority of the pregnant ladies with abortion (55.73%) were aged between 21-30 years and abortions in second trimester were observed to be comparatively higher (50%). Among the myriad of reasons found for second trimester abortions, spontaneous abortions contributed to around 30% while 11.92% had no cause mentioned. Conclusion: A high rate of second trimester abortion throws suspicion towards sex selective abortions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)458-460
Number of pages3
JournalIndian Journal of Community Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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