Awareness and attitudes regarding prenatal sex determination, pre-conception and pre-natal diagnostic techniques act (PCPNDTA) among pregnant women in South India

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Objectives: The present study was conducted to assess the awareness and attitude regarding prenatal sex determination and Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic techniques Act among pregnant women. Methods: A cross sectional study was carried at tertiary care teaching hospitals of Kasturba Medical College in Mangalore among 132 pregnant women. Data was collected using a pre-tested semi-structured questionnaire and was analysed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences(SPSS) version 11.5 and results were expressed in percentages. Results: The study included 132 participants and the mean age of study subjects was around 27 y. Majority of the study subjects (91.7%) knew that prenatal sex determination was possible. Three fourth (74.4%) of the participants prenatal sex determination was a punishable offence. One of the participants was ready to terminate pregnancy if sex of the fetus was revealed to be female before second trimester. Majority of participants (67.4%) were willing to educate people about PCPNDT act and motivate them against sex determination and sex selective abortions. Conclusion: Our study showed that higher proportion of participants knew about the prenatal sex determination and it was a punishable offence, still majority of them preferred to know the sex of unborn child which shows the need to implement the act effectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-11
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 01-10-2014


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Biochemistry

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