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Egypt Popul Fam Plann Rev. 1974 Dec;7(2):79-85.

Induced abortions recorded "spontaneous" in hospital admission.



A study of 388 women admitted to a Cairo hospital as cases of spontaneous abortion revealed that at least 147 (37.6%) of these abortions were actually induced outside the hospital. The most common methods of induction were insertion of an IUD (E.G., Lippes loop), Elembark, and large doses of quinine. 97.9% of the abortions were performed before 12 weeks gestation. Although 72.5% of the women who underwent induced abortion had no complications, shock occurred in 9.2%, perforation in .6%, severe bleeding in 9.8%, sepsis in 7.3%, and death in .6%. The major reasons for inducing abortion were enough children and financial burden (23.7%), recently broken home (68.7%), and illegal pregnancy (7.6%). The opinion is expressed that expert practice of contraception could reduce by about 40% the number of abortion cases admitted to the hospital.

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