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Title: Induced abortion among brazilian female sex workers : a qualitative study
Other Titles: Aborto induzido entre prostitutas brasileiras : um estudo qualitativo
Authors: Madeiro, Alberto Pereira
Diniz, Debora
Assunto:: Aborto
Saúde reprodutiva
Issue Date: Feb-2015
Publisher: ABRASCO - Associação Brasileira de Saúde Coletiva
Citation: MADEIRO, Alberto Pereira; DINIZ, Debora. Induced abortion among brazilian female sex workers: a qualitative study. Revista Ciência e Saúde Coletiva, Rio de Janeiro, v. 20, n. 2, p. 587-593, fev. 2015. Disponível em: <>. Acesso em: 23 out. 2017. doi:
Abstract: Prostitutes are vulnerable to unplanned pregnancies and abortions. In Brazil, abortion is a crime and there is no data about unsafe abortions for this population. The study describes how prostitutes perform illegal abortions and the health consequences thereof. Semi-structured interviews with 39 prostitutes from three cities in Brazil with previous induced abortion experience were conducted. Sixty-six abortions, with between one and eight occurrences per woman, were recorded. The majority of the cases resulted from sexual activity with clients. The inconsistent use of condoms with regular clients and the consumption of alcohol during work were indicated as the main causes of unplanned pregnancies. The main method to perform abortion was the intravaginal and oral use of misoprostol, acquired in pharmacies or on the black market. Invasive measures were less frequently reported, however with more serious health complications. The fear of complaint to the police meant that most women do not inform the health team regarding induced abortion. The majority of prostitutes aborted with the use of illegally-acquired misoprostol, ending abortion in a public hospital with infection and hemorrhagic complications. The data indicate the need for a public policy focusing on the reproductive health of prostitutes.
Licença:: Revista Ciência e Saúde Coletiva - This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY NC). Fonte: Acesso em: 23 out. 2017.
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