Objective: To determine whether the quality of post-menstrual regulation family-planning services (post-MRFP) affected contraceptive use at 3-month follow-up.
Methods: 915 women who received post-MRFP in 2 public and 1 NGO clinics in a district in Bangladesh were interviewed to obtain information on service quality and other characteristics. Quality was scored based on 21 items and the score divided into 3 categories: low (0-6); medium (7-11); and high (12-21). Three months after menstrual regulation, 902 of the women were interviewed at their residence or a clinic and contraceptive status was recorded. Adjusted odd ratios (aORs) for using contraception were calculated via multivariate logistic regression.
Results: Contraceptive use was positively correlated with the level of service quality, with 78% use among women who received the lowest-quality care and 92% use among women who received the highest-quality care. The aOR for contraceptive use was 1.80 (95% confidence interval [CI], 1.11-2.93) among women who received moderate-quality services and 3.01 (95% CI, 1.43-6.37) among women receiving high-quality services compared with those who received poor-quality services.
Conclusion: Good-quality post-MRFP increases contraceptive use, at least in the short term.
Keywords: Abortion; Bangladesh; Contraceptive use; Family-planning services; Menstrual regulation; Quality of care.