site.btaNumber of Elective Abortions in Bulgaria Decreases, as Number of Miscarriages Increases
The number of elective abortions is decreasing, but the number of miscarriages is increasing, said Prof. Krasimira Dikova, Director of the National Health Data Directorate at the National Centre of Public Health and Analyses. Dikova participated in a forum dedicated to fertility, reproductive health and prevention among young people. The event is organized by Rotary Bulgaria, Rotary Club Sofia-Vazrazhdane, the Centre for Balkan Perspectives, with the assistance of Nadezhda Hospital, the National Centre for Public Health and Analysis, Next Basket, Mercatus and others.
Abortions on medical grounds have increased three times, she also said, citing data from the Centre covering the 2018-2021 period. She added that about 80% of elective abortions are of mothers aged 20-39.
The efforts of the institutions should be directed towards education, noted Dikova. She argued that significant attention should be paid to the problems related to young childbearing girls, to the behavior during the pregnancy itself and before it, the commitment of the structures in the health system that are related to the monitoring of the pregnancy, the attitudes of young people towards childbirth.
In 2018, elective abortions in the age group 20-24 were 2,906, in the 25-29 age group there were 3,699, in the 30-34 age group there were 3,518, in the 35-39 age group there were 2,422, Dikova explained.
In 2021, elective abortions in the 20-24 age group were 2,113, in the 25-29 age group there were 2,658, in the 30-34 age group there were 2,991, in the 35-39 age group there were 1,868, she added.
Clinical pregnancies as a result of assisted reproduction performed in a medical facility were 2,031 in 2018, and 1,691 in 2021, the data also show. In 2018, 1,170 of the pregnancies resulting from assisted reproduction ended in birth, and in 2021 - 927, said Dikova.