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Sterilization Regret in Sri Lanka: A Retrospective Study
Dennis Hapugalle, Barbara Janowitz, Sharon Weir, Deborah L. Covington, Lynne Wilkens and Celene Aluvihare
International Family Planning Perspectives
Vol. 15, No. 1 (Mar., 1989), pp. 22-28
Published by: Guttmacher Institute
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2133275
Page Count: 7
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A study of 817 Sri Lankan women who underwent sterilization between 1980 and 1983 indicates that 14 percent subsequently regretted their sterilization--that is, they either said they wanted to have another child or they wished they had been sterilized later or not at all. The most important determinants of regret were not having a child of each sex at the time of the operation, being married fewer than five years, being under age 25, having two children or fewer, not having control over the sterilization decision, having a husband who opposed the sterilization and having a child die subsequent to the procedure.
International Family Planning Perspectives © 1989 Guttmacher Institute