Medical abortion

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A medical abortion is an abortion where drugs are used to induce the abortion. In the 1970s, such abortions became an option to end the pregnancy during its first trimester.[1] The drugs most often used in 2009 were mifepristone and methotrexate, either alone or in combination with a prostaglandin.[1]

Medical abortion is both safe and effective in many situations.[2] In the United States, the mortality rate for medical abortion is 14 times lower than the mortality rate for childbirth.[3][4] In the first trimester, the patient can the drugs used for medical abortion can take the drugs safely at home, without assistance.[5] Starting with the second trimester, it is recommended to take the second drug in a clinic or provider's office.[5]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Kulier R, Gülmezoglu AM, Hofmeyr GJ, Cheng LN, Campana A (2004). Kulier, Regina (ed.). "Medical methods for first trimester abortion". Cochrane Database Syst Rev (2): CD002855. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD002855.pub3. PMID 15106180.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. Vlad S, Boucoiran I, St-Pierre ÉR, Ferreira E (February 2022). "Mifepristone-Misoprostol Use for Second and Third Trimester Medical Termination of Pregnancy in a Canadian Tertiary Care Centre". J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 44 (6): 683–689. doi:10.1016/j.jogc.2021.12.010. PMID 35114381. S2CID 246505706.
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