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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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Premila et al in a study of factors affecting outcome of early medical abortion with review of 4132 consecutive cases of have found out that those who had a previous abortion were more likely to have a failed medical abortion (OR = 2.
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Can midlevel health-care providers administer early medical abortion as safely and effectively as doctors?
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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.
42) After twenty-four hours, a woman could return to the clinic to receive the medications necessary for the medical abortion and be given instructions for their use.
Safety, efficacy, and acceptability of medical abortion in China, Cuba, and India: a comparative trial of milepristone-misoprostol versus surgical abortion, American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 1997, 176(2):431-437.
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Phone follow-up is feasible for medical abortion and can assess the need for further in-person follow-up," Ms.
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In the Government's view, this means that both tablets used for medical abortion must be administered on premises which have been approved under the Abortion Act.
Part II examines modern medical abortion methods and menstrual extraction as safe and effective methods that, when available, should be chosen over self-induced methods.

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