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J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol. 1996 Dec;17(4):208-14.

Repeat abortion: a comparative study.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Göteborg, Sahlgrenska Hospital, Sweden.

Abstract

In a study of 404 women (simple random sample) 20-29 years of age, 201 women (group A) applying for abortion and 203 women (group B) continuing their pregnancies were given a questionnaire and were also interviewed. The aim of the study was to describe women applying for repeat abortion and to compare them with women having their first abortion and with women continuing their pregnancies. Variables measured were socio-economic, psychological and social problems, relationship with the partner, earlier pregnancies, how the present pregnancy was experienced and decision-making. For presentation of the results, the data have been divided into four subgroups: pregnant women applying for their first abortion (A1, n = 137), women applying for repeat abortion (A2, n = 64), women continuing their pregnancies who have never applied for abortion (B1, n = 142), and women continuing their pregnancies who had previously applied for one or more abortions (B2, n = 58). Women who had had previous abortion/abortions had experienced more psychological problems during their lifetime than the other groups studied. They had more contact with the social welfare service and evaluated their relationship with the partner as less harmonious than women having a first abortion, also in comparison with women continuing their pregnancies with no earlier applications for abortion. Women who have had previous abortion/abortions seem to have a need for special attention. This involves not only being provided with efficient and acceptable contraception, but also with social and psychological support based on the experiences of the women.

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