medical abortion

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medical abortion

See abortion.

medical abortion

The use of medication—as opposed to surgery—to terminate pregnancy. Medical abortions are 95% effective up to 11 weeks from last menstrual period, but may cause significant bleeding and thus must be done in or near a hospital.

Agents used
Mifepristone (orally) and/or misoprostol (vaginally).

Adverse effects
Nausea, vomiting, heavy bleeding.

medical abortion

Obstetrics An elective nonoperative abortion effected in the 1st trimester by abortifacients. See Abortion.

medical abortion

Abortion induced with a drug or drugs, e.g., the combination of mifepristone and a prostaglandin
See also: abortion
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It is clear that many of these deaths and injuries could be averted if the laws in those countries allowed safe medical abortions.
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Medical abortion is a simple, safe and effective method of induced abortion.
Multiple women who testified in favor of SB 97 said they did not believe the procedure is safe and described the physical and emotional pain they experienced while having medical abortions.
Immediately after approval and introduction of medical abortion services there, most medical abortions were managed by physicians.
From 2001 through March 2006, Planned Parenthood health centers in the United States managed medical abortions with a combination of oral mifepristone followed by vaginal misoprostol 24-48 hours later, said Mary Fjerstad of Chapel Hill, N.
Liberal Democrat MP Dr Evan Harris, who sat on the Science and Technology Committee looking into the issue, said: "There is no evidence to suggest that there are any safety or effectiveness problems with early medical abortion taking place in primary care settings if properly funded and appropriate back-up is provided.
Another four cases were identified between 2003 and 2005, all involving women who had undergone medical abortions using the common "off-label" regimen of 200 mg oral mifepristone followed by 800 mcg vaginal misoprostol, said Dr.
Another four cases were identified between 2003 and 2005, all after medical abortions using the common "off-label" regimen of 200 mg oral mifepristone followed by 800 mcg vaginal misoprostol, said Dr.
The pilot study could pave the way for women to have medical abortions in GP surgeries, family planning clinics or at home.
To understand perceived barriers to abortion provision, the survey asked respondents who "would consider providing medical abortion" to identify "reasons for not providing or assisting with medical abortions even though you are willing.
A medical abortion avoids the need for surgery altogether and involves the woman taking two doses of separate drugs which induce a miscarriage.

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