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DIFFERENCES BETWEEN BEHAVIOURS OF FEMALE PATIENTS FROM POLAND AND BELARUSSIA AFTER NATURAL MISCARRIAGE AND INDUCED ABORTION by ProQuest

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Obstetric failures and their sequels account for approximately 15-20% of the female population in the reproductive age. The aim of the present study was to explore the failure-terminated pregnancy experience of women, as well as to find out whether and how this type of failure affects further procreation and what differences exist between behaviours of female patients after natural miscarriage and induced abortion. The study found significant statistical differences between behaviours of female patients after natural miscarriage and induced abortion, especially with respect to religious belief/activity, self-esteem, view of the fetus, attitude toward conception and sexual intercourse, secondary infertility, desire for a child, emotional bond with the child prior to abortion, and relationship with the biological father. Based on the study, it is conluded that induced abortions usually leave permanent scars in the minds of women. They frequently express a negative opinion of gynecologists and more frequently have no procreation plans. In contrast, natural miscarriage did not have extra negative effects on the woman's relationships within her closest social environment. Women in this group were emotionally attached to the child, did not avoid conception, but some even had future procreation plans. Generally, the woman's relationship with God grew deeper as well. Of course, the study's limitations preclude drawing definitive conclusions, but the findings do suggest the need for additional cross-cultural research on this issue. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]

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