Early marriage and early childbearing in Bangladesh has led to an adolescent fertility rate that is among the highest in the world and is also associated with high levels of unintended pregnancy (UP). Although research exists on UP and contraceptive use among married adolescent girls in Bangladesh, studies that focus on vulnerable groups such as married adolescent girls living in urban slums is limited. This study examined the prevalence and basic underlying factors of UP among married adolescent girls in five urban slums in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The specific objectives of the study were to: (1) document the prevalence of UP among married adolescent girls aged 15-19 years living in urban slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh; (2) identify the factors associated with or which contribute to UP among urban married adolescent girls; (3) estimate the proportion of married adolescent girls who have an unmet need for family planning (FP) services; and (4) explore the barriers to access and effective use of FP and menstrual regulation (MR) services among married adolescent girls in urban slums.
Huda, F.A.; Chowdhuri, S.; Sarker, B.K.; Islam, N.; Ahmed, A. Prevalence of unintended pregnancy and needs for family planning among married adolescent girls living in urban slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh. icddr,b, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2014) 34 pp. [STEP UP Research Report]