Medication abortion is relatively safe and effective through 16 weeks' gestation

Clinical Question

Is medication abortion between 9 weeks and 16 weeks of gestation safe and effective?

Bottom line

In this moderate-sized prospective cohort, 75% of patients with gestational age of 9 weeks to 16 weeks were able to self-medicate a completed abortion without additional health care services. Only 5% underwent a vacuum aspiration or dilatation and curettage to complete the abortion, and less than 2% received a transfusion. Less than 10% did not have a completed abortion or were unsure whether the abortion was completed. Larger studies, including randomized controlled trials, are needed to confirm these findings.  2b

Study design: Cohort (prospective)

Funding: Foundation

Setting: Population-based

Reviewer

Linda Speer, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Family Medicine
University of Toledo
Toledo, OH


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ARUP KUMAR DHARA

Impact assessment

Excellent

Anonymous

MEDICATION ABSORPTION SAFE AND EFFECTIVE THROUGH 16 WEEKS O

GOOD TO KNOW

Anonymous

Medication induced abortion safe and effective up to 16 week

Good to know

Nancy Craig

Medical abortion

Saddest POEM I have read in a long time.

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