Objective: Induced abortion is termination of pregnancy based on a woman's decision and performed by a gyneacologists within the gestational age limit. The aim of this study was to establish annual epidemiologic picture of induced abortions for non-medical indications at the territory of the City of Niš, Serbia.
Methods: The data analyzed in this research are based on abortion reports and birth certificates available from the Institute for Public Health Niš and from the Gyneacology and Obstetrics Clinic, Clinical Center Niš for the 2012 year. Women having induced abortions were classified into IV age groups.
Results: The analysis of the collected data showed that statistically significant and highest percentage of women who required induced abortions was in those between 26 and 36 years of age. It is statistically significant that the highest percentage of women for artificial pregnancy termination is married. Statistically significant greatest percentage of women seeking induced abortion have a history of more than one delivery. Statistically significant least percentage of women seeking induced abortion have a history of more than two induced abortions.
Conclusion: Continuing education on health issues and information on contraceptives in young population of women at the beginning of their sexual activity and in married women as well is still necessary and male partners should also be informed. Women should have better access to and information on oral contraceptives, their usage, desired and side effects. Comfortable settings and medical care after the intervention both in public and private health-care facilities should be equal.
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