contragestion


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Any contraceptive method that specifically prevents the gestation of a fertilized egg—e.g., the ‘morning after’ pill or RU-486—either by making the implantation site uninhabitable, or by promoting the fertilized product’s expulsion

contragestion

Reproductive medicine Any contraceptive method that specifically prevents the gestation of a fertilized egg–eg, the 'morning after' pill or RU-486, either by making the implantation site uninhabitable, or by promoting the fertilized product's expulsion. See Contraceptive, RU-486.
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Baulieu, "RU 486 as an Antiprogesterone Steroid: From Receptor to Contragestion and Beyond," Journal of the American Medical Association, 262:1351, 1989;--, "Contragestion and Other Clinical Applications of RU 486, an Antiprogesterone at the Receptor," Science, 245:1351, 1989; E.
Auheny & Baulieu, Contragestion With RU 486 And An Orally Active Prostaglandin, 312 C.
Because it operates so early, contragestion by RU 486 and similar agents is safer for women and less destructive of values of respect for fetuses and prenatal life than later abortions.