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Prenatal

Pregnancy Termination

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Medical Termination Using medication to terminate the pregnancy during the first trimester (up through 9 weeks)
Medical Termination Therapies •RU-486 •Mifepristone & Misoprostol •Blocks progesterone from developing •Woman has contractions and the fetus is expelled •Doesn't work 10% of time, needs follow-up D & C
Side effects of Medical Termination • Cramping • Vomiting • Diarrhea • Heavy bleeding • Infection
Medical termination is not advised for women who • Anemia • Blood disorders • Acute IBD • Liver or kidney disease • Seizure DO • IUD
Surgical Termination • using more invasive procedures to terminate a pregnancy • Suction aspiration (6-12 weeks) • D & C (12-15 weeks) • D & E (15-21 weeks) • D & X ( after 21 weeks) • Induced Abortion (third trimester) uses salt, urea, or potassium chloride
Surgical Termination Risks • Damage to uterine lining or cervix • Perforation of the uterus • Infection • Blood Clots
Created by: KChatham