[Our first experience with and considerations on the legal provisions of Law 194/78].


During May 1978-November 1979, 2131 voluntary interruptions of pregnancy were carried out at the Obstetrical and Gynecological Clinic of the University of Naples. Most interventions done during the 1st months were done by dilatation and currettage; after that 99.65% were done by vacuum aspiration which seems to be safer within the 1st 12 weeks of pregnancy. General anesthesia was used in only 2.35% of cases and paracervical block in 97.65%. Hospitalization of patients was for the day only; 4.74% required a longer stay in the hospital. 50.87% of patients were in the age group 25-35; 35.48% were parity 1-2, 34.10% parity 3-4, and 13.94% parity 5 and over. Almost 80% of patients were married, and 64.80% of interventions were done between the 8th and 10th week. Only 8 patients were illiterate, and 79.02% had secondary school education; 73.81% were housewives, and 50.77% came from outside the city of Naples. Most partners of patients were employed as factory workers. There were 30 cases of hemorrhage and 9 cases of uterine perforation. All complications occurred in patients beyond the 10th week of pregnancy.

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@article{Martella1980OurFE, title={[Our first experience with and considerations on the legal provisions of Law 194/78].}, author={Eduardo Martella and Raul Quirino and Marco Torella}, journal={Archivio di ostetricia e ginecologia}, year={1980}, volume={85 6}, pages={557-66} }