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Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP

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RODRIGUES, Márcia Melo de Laet  and  HOGA, Luiza Akiko Komura. Men and miscarriage: narratives of shared experiences. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2005, vol.39, n.3, pp. 258-267. ISSN 0080-6234.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342005000300003.

A greater male involvement in reproductive health is a current challenge, and there are, both at the national and the international levels, recommendations for the development of research under the male perspective. Objective: To understand the experience of men who have shared with their partners the process of miscarriage. Method: The qualitative approach and the analysis of the narrative was the method used. The similarities in the experiences of the nine men that were interviewed were identified, and from them emerged the following descriptive categories: experiencing the news of pregnancy; identifying the possible causes of the miscarriage; expressing feelings concerning the miscarriage experience; taking measures as a consequence of the miscarriage; weighing the experience. Conclusion: Men who share the experience of miscarriage require sensitivity and involvement from the professionals who assist them. They expressed the desire for being sheltered, for receiving emotional support and for having complete and precise information about the process as a whole.

Keywords : Miscarriage; Men [Psychology]; Reproductive Medicine.

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