Psychosocial profile and reproductive decisions of women undergoing pregnancy termination for medical reasons—A cross-sectional study

Kornelia Zaręba, Valentina Lucia La Rosa, Michał Ciebiera, Marta Makara-Studzińska, Jacek Gierus, Grzegorz Jakiel

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Background: The study aims to define the profile of women who decide to exercise their right to terminate a pregnancy and their future reproductive plans. Methods: Patients found eligible for termination for medical reasons between 2014 and 2016 were asked to complete an anonymous survey consisting of sixty questions examining the determinants of the decision to terminate a pregnancy. In total, 150 completed surveys were returned (62.5%). Results: Environmental factors, such as age, education, place of residence, marital status and financial status did not affect the decision-making process. The majority of the respondents were females under 35 years of age (71.3%). In most cases, the pregnancies had been planned and long-awaited (62.7%). The study also indicated that 22.6% of the patients who had been against abortion changed their mind when they encountered problems themselves. In addition, 20% of them changed their views on the acceptability of abortion. Termination had an impact on the participants future reproductive plans. Eighteen percent of the patients said they were definitely not planning more pregnancies. The majority (84.09%) of these women said that the reason was the traumatic experiences related to their pregnancy. Conclusions: The personal experience of a pregnancy termination procedure changed women’s opinions about pregnancy termination and modified further reproductive plans.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3413
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Abortion
  • Choice
  • Decision determinant
  • Fetal defects
  • Pregnancy termination
  • Psychosocial profile

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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