Reproductive characteristics and post-abortion health consequences in women undergoing illegal and legal abortion in Maputo.
In the Maputo Central Hospital 103 women undergoing induced legal abortion (LA), 103 women with confirmed, recent illegal abortion (IA), and 100 randomly recruited antenatal clinic (AC) attenders were compared in order to find characteristic features regarding obstetric history, reproductive performance and contraceptive knowledge, attitude and practice.
Women with IA were younger, had almost never undergone LA, had more often their first sexual intercourse and their first pregnancy below 20 years of age, had less knowledge of contraceptives and more often had never used contraceptives, had fewer previous spontaneous abortions and fewer previous stillbirths than LA women.
There were three maternal deaths, all in the IA group.
The most frequent illegal abortionist was a health worker (38%). It is concluded that, in this first comparative African study on IA and LA regarding reproductive profile and post-abortion health consequences, the former are at a disadvantage regarding early unprotected sexual intercourse with first pregnancy at a young age and with almost no experience of safe, legal abortion.
Mots-clés Pascal : Avortement provoqué, Législation, Complication, Homme, Femelle, Connaissance, Attitude, Comportement, Contraceptif, Reproduction, Comportement sexuel, Antécédent, Mozambique, Afrique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Induced abortion, Legislation, Complication, Human, Female, Knowledge, Attitude, Behavior, Contraceptive, Reproduction, Sexual behavior, Antecedent, Mozambique, Africa
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0031459
Code Inist : 002B20A03. Création : 17/04/1998.