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Hidden realities: What women do when they want to terminate an unwanted pregnancy in Bolivia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22840269     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVE: To explore women's experience of unwanted pregnancy and induced abortion in Bolivia, where nearly all induced abortions are carried out in clandestine, unregulated, and unsafe conditions.
METHODS: Qualitative and quantitative research methods, including focus group discussions, in-depth interviews and a structured survey of women of reproductive age, were used to explore the experience of unwanted pregnancy and induced abortion in poor urban areas of 5 Bolivian cities.
RESULTS: Of the 1175 sexually experienced women surveyed, 13% reported having had an induced abortion. The methods they tried included surgical abortion, taking misoprostol, drinking herbal and chemical preparations, and inflicting physical trauma on themselves. Many women made multiple attempts before successfully terminating a pregnancy. Lack of knowledge and confusion about how to use misoprostol may have contributed to the complications that resulted in seeking postabortion care.
CONCLUSION: Increased access to accurate information and counseling about abortion options are paramount if women are to make informed decisions and minimize health risks.
Louise Bury; Sandra Aliaga Bruch; Ximena Machicao Barbery; Franklin Garcia Pimentel
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics: the official organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics     Volume:  118 Suppl 1     ISSN:  1879-3479     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Gynaecol Obstet     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-07-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0210174     Medline TA:  Int J Gynaecol Obstet     Country:  Ireland    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S4-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Crown Copyright © 2012. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Marie Stopes International, London, UK.
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