Hypertesion and Low Birth Weight Babies in Females Sterilized with Quinacrine in Faisalabad from 1995 to 2005

  • Saira Afzal
  • Riffat Mehboob
  • Mulazim Hussain Bukhari


ABSTRACT Objective: To find out hypertension and low birth weight babies in 6 to 17 years follow up after quinacrine sterilization (QS) during 1995-2005 in Faisalabad. Study design The Cross sectional study Place and duration of the study The females who had transcervical insertion of quinacrine during 1995 to 2005 in Faisalabad were included in the survey. The duration of the survey was from January 2012 to April 2013. Subjects and Methods  The sample size calculated at 95% confidence level was 540. Sampling technique was simple random sampling. The home based survey of quinacrine sterilization was done by Lady health visitors and structured pretested questionnaires were filled. The examination and referral was done at the Manzar Medical Centre Faisalabad.Results The frequency distribution and calculation of statistics showed the mean age at quinacrine sterilization was 38.5 years, standard deviation 6.517, standard error=0.461. The demographic features showed that the most of the females were living in rural areas (67%), poor (51.85%), unemployed (89.7%) and Iliterate (65%).  In the study, low birth weight babies were in 9(1.66%) and hypertension was in113 (20.9%) women after quinacrine sterilization. Conclusion The hypertension and low birth weight babies were reported in females after quinacrine sterilization. Thus these findings may have a bearing on permanent sterilization practices and design of future investigations. KEY WORDS: quinacrine sterilization, premature births, birth defects, still births. 

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