Depression Following Induced Abortion

Authors

  • Ayşe Koyun Ankara University Çankırı Medical High School Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ankara
  • Figen Kır Şahin Kocatepe University Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Afyonkarahisar
  • Serhan Çevrioğlu Kocatepe University Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Afyonkarahisar
  • Reha Demirel Kocatepe University Faculty of Medicine Department of Public Health, Afyonkarahisar
  • Ömer Geçici Kocatepe University Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, Afyonkarahisar

Keywords:

Induced abortion, Depression, Unintended pregnancy

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of number of abortions and time passed after abortion in women with a history of induced abortion on the development of depression.
STUDY DESIGN: Women who admitted to family planning center during November 2003 – February 2004, answered a questionnaire. Depression levels between women who had induced abortion and those who did not were compared. Women with a history of previous abortion were classified according to the time passed after abortion (0-3 months, 3-6 months, more than 6 months). Depression levels were
evaluated using Beck depression scale.
RESULTS: Rates of clinical depression in women with a history of induced abortion were increased (p<0,05). Depression scores were increased in women who have had induced abortions (p<0,001).
CONCLUSİONS: In women with a history of induced abortion, short term depression scores were found to be increased and clinical depression rates were markedly increased. Long term effects of this psychological trauma is a topic to be investigated. Our research data shows us that it may be helpful to provide
pre- and postabortive psychological counseling to decrease the frequency and severity of depression encountered after induced abortion.

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Published

2007-08-16

How to Cite

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Koyun A, Kır Şahin F, Çevrioğlu S, Demirel R, Geçici Ömer. Depression Following Induced Abortion. Gynecol Obstet Reprod Med [Internet]. 2007Aug.16 [cited 2022Aug.17];13(2):80-4. Available from: https://gorm.com.tr/index.php/GORM/article/view/521

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Obstetrics; Maternal Fetal Medicine and Perinatology

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