medical abortion


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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.
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medical abortion

Obstetrics An elective nonoperative abortion effected in the 1st trimester by abortifacients. See Abortion.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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(3) For comparison, the rate of severe maternal morbidity in the United States is 1.4%, approximately 10 times the rate with this model of medical abortion. (4)
There has been much talk of medical abortion being "safe" and "easy".
This study was carried out to find the consequences of self-administration of medical abortion pill by women to induce abortion.
After taking women on board in local harbours, the specially-equipped ship sails to international waters where it can provide legal and safe medical abortion services.
Mifepristone for early medical abortion: experiences in France, Great Britain and Sweden.
A spokeswoman for Marie Stopes International said: "Very occasionally, the medical abortion pill can fail.
Since like other prostaglandins this agent increases uterine tone5 it has been used off-label for cervical priming or ripening in medical abortion induction of labor and prevention of postpartum hemorrhage.
Taking more misoprostol, unlike more mifepristone, is scientifically believed to make the medical abortion safer and more effective.
(3.) Fjerstad M et at., Rates of serious infection after changes in regimens for medical abortion, New England Journal of Medicine, 2009, 361(2):145-151.
New data: Use of IUD after medical abortion. A randomized trial conducted by Shimoni and colleagues showed 1) no significant difference in expulsion after immediate versus delayed placement and 2) several pregnancies in the delayed group.
A typical protocol for medical abortion involves taking 200 mg of oral mifepristone, then 800 mcg of vaginal or buccal misoprostol, with an in-office follow-up visit a week later for a transvaginal ultrasound to make sure the abortion is complete.

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