Sexual and reproductive health

Frequently asked clinical questions about medical abortion


World Health Organization, Department of Reproductive Health and Research

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Publication details

Number of pages: 36
Publication date: 2007
Languages: English, French, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese
Price: CHF 10.00 / US$ 12.00 - Developing countries: CHF 7.00
ISBN: 92 4 159484 5


The development of methods of inducing abortion medically (non-surgically) has created alternative options to make abortion available to women in a variety of healthcare settings. The topic has been reviewed extensively in the past five years and a number of evidence-based guidelines have been published. The aim of this document is not to repeat these guidelines, but rather to provide answers to frequently asked questions, based on a review of available evidence.