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Salud Publica Mex. 1998 May-Jun;40(3):265-71.

[Epidemiologic profile of induced abortion].

[Article in Spanish]

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Dirección General de Salud Reproductiva, Secretaría de Salud, México.



To identify sociodemographic characteristics associated with induced abortion of the first pregnancy and quantify the strength of association between them.


Data were gathered from a survey conducted in the district of Diez de Octubre, Havana, Cuba throughout 1991 and the beginning of 1992. The study population was divided into two comparable groups: one group of women whose first pregnancy terminated in induced abortion and a second group of women whose pregnancy terminated in childbirth. For the variables with statistically significant differences, both the crude and adjusted odds ratio were obtained for the one potentially confounding factor:age. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was employed in the final stage.


The sociodemographic characteristic identified as risk factor for induced abortion during the first pregnancy is being younger than 24 years of age, a risk which increased with women who were less than 20 years old, whether single or in union.


Recurrence risk of induced abortion during the first pregnancy is higher in younger women who have not achieved their professional, working or marrying expectations. This situation seem to be incompatible with maternity in the studied group.

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