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Revista Cubana de Medicina General Integral

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DOMINGUEZ, Bárbara Enríquez; PUENTES RIZO, Elisa  and  BUSTAMANTE DIEGO, Raúl. Behavior of menstrual regulation in adolescence. Rev Cubana Med Gen Integr [online]. 2012, vol.28, n.4, pp.703-711. ISSN 0864-2125.

Introduction: abortion is one of the most controversial topics at the end of the 20th century and at the beginning of the 21st century. However, this is not a new situation since it has existed in every recognized culture, either primitive or modern, with or without written alphabet. In the last few years, the role of the menstrual regulation to empty the uterus in the early pregnancy has been recognized. Objective: to describe the behavior of the menstrual regulation method in adolescents from the health area of Parraga neighborhood. Methods: an observational, cross-sectional and descriptive study was conducted. The universe of study was 370 female adolescents, who went to the Menstrual Regulation Service in "Parraga" polyclinics. The final sample was made up of 360 patients who were performed the endometrial aspiration method. These patients were followed up for 7 days to observe their recovery. The following variables were under analysis: age, schooling, marital status, obstetric history, use of contraceptive methods and immediate complications. Results: the group of late adolescents with 220 cases predominated. The age of onset of sexual relations was 14 to 17 years, with 249 (69.1 %) adolescents, and the main reason for not using some contraceptive method was they forgot to do it in 183 (50.8 %) cases in this sample. The most frequent complications sere vagal reactions in 54 (15.0 %) patients. Conclusions: a large number of female adolescents turn to menstrual regulation because it is a quicker, safer method than abortion, does not require anesthesia and has no further complications.

Keywords : menstrual regulation; adolescents; pregnancy.

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