Medical Termination of Pregnancy(MTP)
MTP is Medical Termination of Pregnancy. It also called induced abortion. It is the medical way of getting rid of unwanted pregnancy. Any qualified gynecologist (MD/DGO) can perform MTP. Any MBBS Doctor, who has obtained training in MTP, is allowed to perform this procedure. However, MTP should always be performed at a place recognized by government authorities.
Following are the Indications for Medical Termination of Pregnancy
- Failure of contraception.
- Possible hazards on physical/mental health of the mother.
- Pregnancy caused by rape.
- Possible hazard to the health of growing fetus.
Medical Termination of Pregnancy is legally permitted up to 20 weeks of gestation. Pregnancy termination performed in first trimester is safer than in second trimester since it has fewer complications. It is illegal to perform MTP after determining sex of the child as Government of India has banned sex determination.