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GENTA, Mariana; GROPPO, Verónica; GALAIN, Ana Inés  and  RODRIGUEZ, Christians. Voluntary interruption of pregnancies at the University Hospital of Uruguay: Situation Report 2019-2020. Anfamed [online]. 2024, vol.11, n.1, e208.  Epub June 01, 2024. ISSN 2301-1254.


The objective of this study is to know the status of the processes of the users who attended the polyclinic for voluntary termination of pregnancy at the Hospital de Clínicas in a period from August 2019 to August 2020.

Methodology and materials:

The study used descriptive and retrospective methods based on interviews with mental health professionals and a form that was used to ask about how people make decisions. In a sample of 78 users, sociodemographic, obstetric and gynecological variables associated with the discontinuation process, psychological and/or psychiatric history and reasons for discontinuation were analyzed.


The average age is 25 years, most people are married and have finished their elementary education. The average gestational age was 7.36 weeks. 81% of the women had not undergone an IVE. 65.4% of women have no psychological and/or psychiatric history. There is no significant relationship between having previously performed an IVE and having a psychological and/or psychiatric history. 78.2% used contraceptives.


The interruption of pregnancy is a stressful life situation for those who go through it; they are faced with multiple reasons that influence the decision to terminate. It is inferred that carrying out one or more IVE procedures is not necessarily related to having a psychopathological history or experiencing psychopathology when carrying out the process. It is pertinent to promote patient-focused care, integrating the gender and human rights perspective, improve care processes, and provide advice on mental, sexual, and reproductive health of users and their companions.

Keywords : Pregnancy Unplanned; Pregnancy Unwanted; Legal abortion; Family planning; Interdisciplinary Team; Mental Health.

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