CHAPTER 7

7. MEDICATION ABORTION

Medication abortion (medical abortion, or MAB) provides a safe, effective alternative to aspiration abortion. It can be offered in diverse settings without special equipment. Since the process allows for significant patient autonomy, appropriate counseling and follow-up are essential.

NEW VIDEO-BASED MEDICATION ABORTION TRAINING

Here you can learn evidence-based ways to:

  1. Evaluate patients prior to provision of mifepristone for early abortion or miscarriage management

  2. Effectively counsel patients regarding medication abortion

  3. Discuss criteria to determine the need for additional clinical services after use of mifepristone

CME credit is available for completing this 1 hour training

CHAPTER LEARNING OBJECTIVES

At the end of this chapter you should be better able to:

  • Evaluate patients prior to medication abortion, including:
    • Eligibility and preparedness for medication abortion
    • Pertinent medical history and physical exam
    • Laboratory evaluation and sonogram as needed
  • Describe differences between various regimens
  • Counsel patients effectively throughout the process:
    • Address the range of what to expect during medication abortion
    • Provide resources and coping skills for managing expected side effects
    • Explain the difference between expected side effects and complications
    • Review the indications for intervention with uterine aspiration
  • Assess for success of medication abortion
  • Assess and manage common complications

READING / RESOURCES

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