Fetal Gender Determination and its Social Implications

BIRENDRA RAJ JOSHI

Abstract


Introduction: Intense economic and social pressures act to make sons much more desirable than daughters in many parts of Nepal. This study has been conducted to determine the prevalence of fetal gender determination [FGD] and to analyze the social parameters.

 

Methods: This prospective study was conducted from January to June 2010. Mothers who have come for ultrasound were interviewed by the same investigator after consent.

 

Results: Sixty percent were ready to give birth to female fetus while thirty percent were decided to abort the female fetus. Only ten percent thought that the girl child should be encouraged.

 

Conclusion: Only a change in the attitude of society, perhaps accomplished through efforts that raise the social and economic status of women, will decrease the use of FGD and subsequent female feticide.


Keywords


ultrasound, gender, preference, factors

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