Introduction and Background on Medical Abortion
Posted May 4, 2009on:
For those who might be interested, I am writing on my observations on medical abortion from a physician’s viewpoint. I myself had to undergo a transition period before I became comfortable with medical abortions. Over ten years ago, just as medical abortions were being introduced in the United States, and after several patients had requested this approach, I decided to seriously consider this option for early abortions for my patients.
As an abortion provider in my fifties who had been trained that spontaneous abortions should always be completed by D&C to assure no remaining tissue was left in the uterus to serve as a source of bleeding and/or infection, it took a drastic change in philosophy to then turn around to assist to medically induce a miscarriage with no intention to complete it by D&C. The knowledge that estimates of up to a quarter to a third of all pregnancies end in early spontaneous miscarriages often perceived as late menstrual periods, and hardly ever requiring a D&C, helped me accept the concept of medically inducing a miscarriage.
I was also motivated to seriously consider this option for my patients by the positive feedback I was hearing from other abortion providers who were performing medical abortions, and from patients who had experienced them.
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