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VAILLANT RODRIGUEZ, Maribel; HORRUITINER DIAZ, Jorge; SALAS PALACIOS, Sara Riccis  and  DE LOS REYES LOSADA, Alina. Interruption of pregnancy in adolescents from Santiago de Cuba province. MEDISAN [online]. 2020, vol.24, n.3, pp.368-380.  Epub May 22, 2020. ISSN 1029-3019.


Sexual education should promote positive attitudes toward a responsible sexuality and contribute to adopt an active posture to prevent risks in people that begin their sexual life.


To characterize the adolescents with pregnancy interruptions according to selected variables.


An observational, descriptive and cross-sectional study of 16 356 adolescents from Santiago de Cuba, who interrupted their pregnancy was carried out, from 2012 to 2016. The following variables were analyzed: age, total of adolescents who interrupted their pregnancy according to methods and procedures, as well as type of interruption.


Of the total of pregnancies interruptions, 25.3 % corresponded to adolescents. The 15-19 age group prevailed. These adolescents decided not to continue the pregnancy in advanced gestational age (8-12 weeks). Among the 2 methods used the practice of abortion had a higher frequency, what is still a health problem in this sector of the population.


The adolescents showed a significant percentage of the total of pregnancy interruptions among the women that were in fertility age, with a prevalence of the 15-19 age group; the most used method was abortion.

Keywords : adolescents; pregnancy; induced abortion.

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