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Induced abortion

Abortion is the termination of pregnancy by the removal or expulsion from the uterus of a fetus or embryo prior to viability. An abortion can occur spontaneously, in which case it is usually called a miscarriage, or it can be purposely induced. The term abortion most commonly refers to the induced abortion of a human pregnancy.

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What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with induced abortion, 67% report having spotting or bleeding during pregnancy, 59% report having sharp abdominal pain, and 54% report having pain during pregnancy. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of induced abortion are spotting or bleeding during pregnancy, pain during pregnancy, cramps and spasms, intermenstrual bleeding, blood clots during menstrual periods, and absence of menstruation, although you may still have induced abortion without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with induced abortion often receive hematologic tests, complete blood count, urinalysis, radiographic imaging procedure, standard pregnancy test, intravenous fluid replacement, pelvis exam and kidney function tests .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with induced abortion include methylergonovine (methergine), rho(d) immune globulin (rhogam), misoprostol, nonoxynol 9 topical, propylthiouracil, human chorionic gonadotropin (hcg), oxytocin, guaifenesin / phenylpropanolamine, ethinyl estradiol / norelgestromin, norethindrone (loestrin fe), levonorgestrel and terconazole topical .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for induced abortion include race/ethnicity = other, age 30-44 years, race/ethnicity = hispanic, sex == female and age 15-29 years. On the other hand, age 75+ years, sex == male, age 60-74 years, age 1-4 years, age 45-59 years, and age < 1 years almost never get induced abortion.

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.0x
5-14 years
0.2x
15-29 years
3.6x
30-44 years
1.7x
45-59 years
0.0x
60-74 years
0.0x
75+ years
0.0x

Sex

Male
0.0x
Female
1.7x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.2x
Hispanic
1.9x
White
0.7x
Other
1.7x
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