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Revista Costarricense de Salud Pública

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FERNANDEZ CARVAJAL, Doris  and  SEQUEIRA ROVIRA, Paula. Ten years after the passage of the law the right to sterilization in Costa Rica. Rev. costarric. salud pública [online]. 2011, vol.20, n.2, pp.107-118. ISSN 1409-1429.

Objective: Take stock of the major historical events that have occurred within ten years after the adoption decree to raise questions in the face of new social demands in this area.   Methods: The work is structured in three parts: the first presents the main events that preceded the approval of the decree and that contributed to the account of the questions put to him at the time of approval. The second is a description of some investigations that were generated in academia, in the light of the decree and finally discusses some of the behavior statistics that have sterilizations of men and women from 2000 to 2008.   Results: The grounds that have led women to make this decision, but less so for men whose motives have yet to be investigated. Conclusions from the analyzed period show that salpingectomy procedures increased at the beginning but then started to decrease, unlike the situation of men. Although clearly important, it is considered that challenges such as high number of pregnancies, abortions, and increasing HIV infections remain in reproductive health.   Discussion: Executive Decree 27913-S -adopted in Costa Rica in 1999- has been a major achievement in terms of reproductive rights, as it has broadened the possibilities for men and women access to sterilization

Keywords : Sterilization Reproductive; Salpingectomy; Vasectomy; Reproductive Rights.

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