Methods of Abortion in First and Second Trimester

Abstract

Background: Medical and surgical methods are available for abortions in both the first and second trimester. Aim: To review the evidence base and current recommendations for available methods of abortions in first and second trimesters. Methods: Extensive literature search and review of available guidelines were done. Results: In the first trimester, medical methods are recommended below 7 weeks gestation while vacuum aspiration is an appropriate method between 7 to 12 weeks gestation. In the second trimester, the three methods of abortion available are dilatation and evacuation, intrauterine instillation of abortifacients and administration of systemic abortifacients. Conclusion: The choice of techniques depends on many factors including uterine volume, operator experience, patient preference, medical history and indication for abortion.

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Lim, L. and Singh, K. (2014) Methods of Abortion in First and Second Trimester. Open Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 4, 924-929. doi: 10.4236/ojog.2014.415130.

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