Her abortion led to the end of her marriage and the breakup of her family.
After going through the process, she says she realized she could not live with her husband anymore. Her daughters, aged 3 and 5, are being raised by her former husband's family.
When Amina Aliyeva, a mother of two girls, found out she was expecting another girl, she was told by her family to get rid of it.
In Azerbaijan, the majority of newborns are male -- 115 boys for every 100 girls -- whereas the global average is 107 boys for every 100 girls.
"I think society needs to change its perception of a woman," Mehriban Zeynalova told Al Jazeera.
"The understanding that a girl brings evil to the world needs to change and overall, the perception of woman's role in society has to change." Male-dominated region There are several reasons why selective abortion is common in Azerbaijan. As families get smaller, the pressure to have boys increases.
One local woman who met with Al Jazeera, Sabira, said she has been abandoned by her husband and his family. "They said to me, we'll kick you out on the street if you don't have an abortion," she said. I'm keeping the baby.'" Sabira's case is extreme, but not unique.
Charity workers who spoke with Al Jazeera agree that the issue of selective abortions in Azeri culture runs deep.