L. Vicente

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    Termination of pregnancy at women’s request in
    Portugal – data from the national registry
    2008–2011
    Vicente, L; Henriques, A; Almeida, T; Freire, A;
    Nogueira, P; Ramos, M
    Directorate General of Health, Portugal
    Termination of pregnancy (TOP) at women’s request was legalised
    in Portugal up to 10 weeks of gestation, in June, 2007. All public
    and private services that deliver TOP care are recorded in a
    national web-based database. It is a record of episodes of TOP
    and not a register of users, in which anonymity and
    confidentiality is guaranteed, to be used for statistical purposes of
    public health. Induced TOP at a woman’s request represent 97%
    of all legal induced TOPs. Sociodemographic charactristics of the
    users, distribuition by time of the procedure and contraception
    after TOP, will be presented and analysed. In Portugal more than
    65% of terminations are performed within the National Health
    Service (NHS), where medical TOP is mainly used (96%). Annual
    variation of the induced TOP at women’s request: the largest
    annual growth occurred between the years 2008 and 2009 – with
    an increase of 6.7%. Between 2009 and 2010, the variation was
    1.8% and 1.2% between 2010 and 2011.