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Initial Loss of Productive Days and Income Among Women Seeking Induced Abortion in Cambodia


  • Rukmini Potdar PhD,

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    • Tamara Fetters, MPH, is a Research and Evaluation Senior Associate at Ipas, Chapel Hill, NC

  • Tamara Fetters MPH,

  • Lam Phirun MD

  • Rukmini Potdar, PhD, is a Research and Evaluation Associate at Ipas, Chapel Hill, NC.

  • Lam Phirun, MD, is the Deputy Program Manager for the National Reproductive Health Programme, Kingdom of Cambodia.

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The study describes the loss of productive time and income related to abortion care and care-seeking among 110 women presenting at public and private sector abortion providers in Cambodia. Data were collected through women's exit interviews, and descriptive analysis was used to examine lost time and income against a number of explanatory variables, such as gestational age of pregnancy, type of abortion provider and facility, type of uterine evacuation procedure, number of health visits, and the woman's occupation. Results indicate that lost time and earnings increase with the number of visits to obtain the termination, gestational age, and selection of a private physician or non-governmental organization clinic. Lost time and earnings also vary by the woman's type of employment. The study underscores the need for safer, accessible, and more affordable abortion services in order to ensure that these services are available for all women. Even in the Cambodian context, where abortion is unrestricted during the first trimester of pregnancy, the study findings show that the process of searching for and obtaining high-quality abortion care was unnecessarily complicated and costly to women and their household members.