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Asia-Pacific Population Journal

For over two decades, the Asia-Pacific Population Journal (APPJ) has been taking the pulse of population and social issues unfolding in the region. Published by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), APPJ brings out high quality, evidence-based and forward-looking articles relevant for population policies and programmes in Asia and the Pacific. Prominent population experts, award-winning demographers, as well as lesser known researchers have been contributing articles, documenting over the years the evolution of thinking in this important sphere.

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Menstrual regulation practices in Bangladesh: An unrecognized form of contraception

Menstrual regulation (MR) refers to any chemical, mechanical or surgical process used to induce menstruation and thus to establish non-pregnancy either at the time of, or within a few weeks of, the due date of the menstruation (Population Information Programme, 1973; Tietze and Murstein, 1975; Dixon-Muller, 1988). It involves the vacuum aspiration of the uterine lining and is usually done within few weeks (preferably eight weeks or less) following a missed menstrual period.

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