Self-reported Reproductive Morbidity and Pregnancy Outcome among Currently Married Women in India

Rakesh Kumar Singh, Sayeed Unisa, Shraboni Patra


Reproductive morbidity is one of the critical health issues in the developing countries.
The present study focuses on the relationship between self-reported reproductive
morbidity and last pregnancy outcomes among currently married women in India.
District Level Household and Facility Survey 2007-08 (DLHS-III) data have been used.
Bivariate and multivariate analyses (logistic regression analysis) are also used. The
study found a positive relationship between self-reported reproductive morbidity and
pregnancy wastage. The women who experienced pregnancy outcomes in terms of
stillbirth were more (OR=1.462; p<0.01) likely to have reproductive morbidity than
those women who had a live birth. Women who experienced induced or spontaneous
abortions were two times more (OR=2.287 and OR=1.625; p<0.01) likely to develop
reproductive morbidity. Hence, a consolidated and effective programme is needed to
reduce the prevalence of pregnancy loss by providing medical assistance to women
during delivery. More integrated programme to increase the awareness among Indian
women about reproductive health and morbidity is required.

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