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Gaceta Sanitaria

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DANET DANET, Alina. Women's emotional accounts of induced abortion. Gac Sanit [online]. 2021, vol.35, n.4, pp.361-373.  Epub 27-Dic-2021. ISSN 0213-9111.


To explore women's emotional accounts of induced abortion, analyzing qualitative scientific publications.


Qualitative systematic review of 19 studies published in PubMed, Science Direct and Scopus from 2010 onwards. The articles based on qualitative research design were revised using inductive content analysis.


The analysis identified three main themes regarding women's emotional experiences: access to abortion, emotional impact during medical assistance, and individual, relational and sociocultural determinants. The studies showed the variability in women's emotional accounts, mainly determined by the following factors: Access and waiting times, health system, type of intervention, degree of awareness and participation regarding the use of technical and medical technologies, interaction with health professionals, and specificity of individual, relational and sociocultural context. The main emotional difficulties were related to the ethical conflict, the decision-making, the relation with the social and health system and stigma. As main facilitating aspects, women highlighted autonomy in decision-making and emotional support, while barriers referred to social rejection and negative messages perceived from the political, social and health system.


The emotional accounts around induced abortion depend on individual and relational factors, as well as on health assistance, all mediated by gender inequalities and bias. Improvements in health assistance refer to an integral and individualized attention, adapted to women's needs.

Palabras clave : Abortion induced; Abortion applicants; Qualitative research; Review.

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