The therapeutic termination of pregnancy (TToP) is an induced abortion following a diagnosis of medical necessity. TToP is applied to avoid the risk of substantial harm to the mother or in cases of fetal unviability. This type of induced abortion is provided after the second semester of gestation if fetal illness or the pregnancy cause physical danger or pathological mental distress to the mother. Socio-cultural and economic determinants could influence the desire for children and family planning in couples, as well as the use of effective contraception and the choice to perform an induced abortion. Also, pre-existing mental health problems could affect the decision between carrying on a problematic pregnancy or having TToP. Furthermore, the TToP is a reproductive event with an important traumatic burden, but also with an intrinsic therapeutic effect and it can produce different psychological and psychopathological effects on women and couples. The aim of this review is to evaluate what demographic, reproductive and psychopathological determinants are involved in the choice of undergoing a TToP in women. Also, we will examine both positive and negative consequences of this procedure on women's mental health, underlying which factors are related to a worse outcome in order to provide the best clinical support to vulnerable groups.

di Giacomo, E., Pessina, R., Santorelli, M., Rucco, D., Placenti, V., Aliberti, F., et al. (2021). Therapeutic termination of pregnancy and women's mental health: Determinants and consequences. WORLD JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY, 11(11), 937-953 [10.5498/wjp.v11.i11.937].

Therapeutic termination of pregnancy and women's mental health: Determinants and consequences

di Giacomo, Ester
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Pessina, Rodolfo;Rucco, Daniele;Clerici, Massimo
2021

Abstract

The therapeutic termination of pregnancy (TToP) is an induced abortion following a diagnosis of medical necessity. TToP is applied to avoid the risk of substantial harm to the mother or in cases of fetal unviability. This type of induced abortion is provided after the second semester of gestation if fetal illness or the pregnancy cause physical danger or pathological mental distress to the mother. Socio-cultural and economic determinants could influence the desire for children and family planning in couples, as well as the use of effective contraception and the choice to perform an induced abortion. Also, pre-existing mental health problems could affect the decision between carrying on a problematic pregnancy or having TToP. Furthermore, the TToP is a reproductive event with an important traumatic burden, but also with an intrinsic therapeutic effect and it can produce different psychological and psychopathological effects on women and couples. The aim of this review is to evaluate what demographic, reproductive and psychopathological determinants are involved in the choice of undergoing a TToP in women. Also, we will examine both positive and negative consequences of this procedure on women's mental health, underlying which factors are related to a worse outcome in order to provide the best clinical support to vulnerable groups.
Articolo in rivista - Review Essay
Depression; Perinatal care; PostTraumatic stress disorder; Psychiatry; Therapeutic abortion; Women’s health
English
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di Giacomo, E., Pessina, R., Santorelli, M., Rucco, D., Placenti, V., Aliberti, F., et al. (2021). Therapeutic termination of pregnancy and women's mental health: Determinants and consequences. WORLD JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY, 11(11), 937-953 [10.5498/wjp.v11.i11.937].
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